For the first time in horological history, Le Brassus-based watchmaker presents its latest timepiece that combines two major devices aimed at reducing gravity-related effects on the running of the movement: the tourbillon and the carrousel (karussel).
By combining these two brand’s emblematic complications, Blancpain achieved a true technical achievement. The dial of the new watch is a real eye-catcher. The upper part of the dial features a flying tourbillon, while the lower part of the dial is reserved for a flying carrousel. There is also a date aperture which is located at the 3 o’clock position.
The first thing that you will notice on its dial are surprising differences and similarities between the mechanisms. The beauty of their rotation is a special treat for eyes. I think the picture speaks for itself.
The two independent carriages are connected by a differential gear system which sends the average rate of both regulators to the time display. An external winding crown enables both barrels to be wound at the same time while guaranteeing their equal winding. Thus it provides this wristwatch with the utmost precision and an amazing power reserve of full seven days.
The new Blancpain watch has a see through sapphire crystal case back which provides a fascinating view of this incredible movement. The case back also shows a power-reserve indication.
Two Major Regulators of the Gravity-Related Effects
Although the tourbillon and the carrousel pursue the same purpose, they are different in terms of their construction. The first one has the carriage which is linked to the barrel with a single gear train. This type of construction means that if this mechanical connection is in any reason interrupted, the tourbillon will also stop to rotate.
On the other hand, the carrousel is linked to the barrel by two gear trains. The first one carries the energy necessary for the operation of the escapement, whereas the second one controls the speed of the carriage rotation. The Blancpain watchmakers achieved a real technical feat by ensuring the smooth cohabitation of both systems.
The new Blancpain Tourbillon Carrousel watch is powered by the new hand-wound Caliber 2322 that consists of 379 individual components (including two new silicon balance-springs). This innovative and exceptional mechanism measures 35.3mm in diameter and 5.85mm in thickness.
The movement is housed in a round, elegant case with the diameter of 44.6mm and the thickness of almost 12mm. The case is crafted from 5N gold, just like the Roman numerals on the dial. To ensure optimal comfort of the wearer, Blancpain attached this novelty to an alligator leather strap with alzavel lining, fitted with a triple-blade folding clasp.