Many Swiss watchmaking companies boast of a long history, but Blancpain has been around longer than any of the Swiss brands you’re familiar with. It also holds the record when compared to other international watchmaking companies. Situated right at the the heart of the Swiss Jura, which is known for its watchmaking tradition, Blancpain has exposed the world to A-grade horology since 1735. It has accumulated significant experience in traditional watchmaking, which it still does even after the challenges it has survived in its history. Today, the name conjures to mind high quality watches that are distinguished from the rest not only in appearance but also in mechanism.
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Release date: 2016
Le Brassus Minute Repeater Carousel, a Blancpain timepiece released in 2016, is another marvel in a long line of exceptional pieces for the company. The 18-karat gold watch is riveting with its rose gold case and bezels as well as hands and markers. It is more than just a pretty face though, as it houses a Blancpain caliber 235 that has almost 65 hours of power reserve.
- Complications: One-minute flying carousel, Carousel Minute Repeater
- Case diameter : 45.00mm
- Case thickness: 15.35mm
- Water resistance: 3.00bar
- White grand feu enamel dial, Sapphire back
- Caliber: 235
- Calibre diameter: 32.80mm
- Calibre thickness: 9.10mm
- Power reserve: 65 hours
- Components: 444
- Strap: Alligator lined with alzavel, folding clasp
While the Le Brassus Minute Repeater Carousel is not the lone minute repeater watch, it is not too controversial a claim that it is among the most beautiful timepieces in the market to feature one. Moreover, its minute repeater is employed with a one-minute flying carousel that ensures optimum performance. Looking into the 18-karat rose gold case, one will notice that the dial is almost transparent, exposing the inner workings in the watch. The beauty also has a water resistance capacity of 30 meters, a handy feature that will not leave your timepiece and you feeling broken after slight exposure to water.
There aren’t too many complaints about this Blancpain piece because you get the beauty you’re paying for. However, the choice of color is quite limiting, and the dial that reveals the mechanism makes it slightly difficult to read the dial. It is also best reserved for special occasions where it could really complement your attire.
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