Blancpain returns to its famous flying tourbillon movement this year with new complications and a brand-new aesthetic.
Blancpain’s manufacture flying tourbillon movement was specifically constructed to provide an unsurpassed view on the movement thanks to the inexistence of an upper bridge that would have otherwise obstructed the view on this mesmerizing complication. In this new Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde, the concept has been taken one step further as the lower bridge has also been removed and replaced with a transparent sapphire crystal disc, making the complication look like it is truly floating in the air.
In addition to this new tourbillon construction, Blancpain is also débuting two new complications — a jumping hour and a retrograde minute — a first for the brand. The hour and minute indications are positioned in a subdial at six o’clock, below the tourbillon which is at 12 o’clock.
The dial itself has been crafted at the Blancpain Le Brassus Métiers d’Art studio, where artisans have chosen a classic grand feu enamel dial using the traditional champlevé technique to highlight the complications in the simplest way.
.The artisans start by hollowing out the solid gold base of the dial to create small compartments which are then hand painted with several layers of enamel and fired in a kiln at temperatures around 800 degrees Centigrade. Adding to the complexity of the dial, diamond-polished gold rings have also been added to the hours window and the tourbillon window, increasing the elegance of the piece.
A closer look at the movement through the caseback reveals further delights, such as hand-guilloché bridges, a ratchet wheel that features Blancpain’s famous beveled wheel-rim design and a power reserve indication with a guilloché disc.
Housed in a double-stepped, 42mm red gold case, the Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde comes with the choice of an alligator strap or a metal bracelet and is also available in a platinum limited edition of 50 pieces.