Friday, March 8, 2013

Blancpain Collection Women, Chronographe Grande Date Watch

Blancpain Collection Women, Chronographe Grande Date Watch

Established in 1735, Blancpain is the oldest watch manufacture in the world, renowned as much for its superlative watches, all created in-house, as for its calibres – 26 innovations over the past seven years. The new Chronographe Grande Date is no exception to this tradition. From the very first glance, the shimmering mother-of-pearl dial reveals two waves of 17 variously-sized diamonds rippling out from the centre. At 12 o'clock, the offset hour and minute display with Roman numerals on a mother-of-pearl dial creates a dynamic counterpoint to the Arabic numerals on the chronograph counters. Twin apertures at 6 o'clock frame the double-disc large date display. The red gold case with diamond-set bezel contains the Blancpain 26F8G calibre with its petal-shaped oscillating weight, visible through the sapphire crystal back.

Blancpain Collection Women, Chronographe Grande Date Watch back

Blancpain Collection Women, Chronographe Grande Date Watch dial

Movement
Mechanical automatic, 26F8G calibre, 495 parts, 44 jewels, 40-hour power reserve, petal-shaped oscillating weight
Functions
Hours, minutes, date and chronograph
Case
18k red gold, 38.6 mm
Bezel
set with 40 diamonds (2.105 cts)
Sapphire crystal front and back
Water-resistant to 3 bar (3 ATM/30 m)
Dial
White mother-of-pearl
Centre set with two wave patterns of 17 diamonds in various sizes (0.13 ct)
Offset hours and minutes at 12 o'clock on a mother-of-pearl disc with Roman numerals
12-hour counter, 30-minute counter and centre seconds hand
Large date at 6 o'clock with double discs
Bracelet/Strap
White ostrich with 18k red gold buckle

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