Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blancpain Tourbillon Volant Une Minute 12 Jours Self-winding Watch

Blancpain Tourbillon Volant Une Minute 12 Jours Self-winding Watch
Blancpain values are based on a process of perpetual renewal by pushing the boundaries of watchmaking and constantly improving horological complications. Two centuries after the invention of the tourbillon and 25 years after the creation of Calibre 23, the world’s first and thinnest hand-wound flying tourbillon, Blancpain einterprets and further refines this complication designed to break free of the effects of gravity and currently representing one of the masterpieces of traditional horology.

Blancpain Tourbillon Volant Une Minute 12 Jours Self-winding Watch 
Blancpain Tourbillon Volant Une Minute 12 Jours Self-winding Watch

Developed in the watchmaking workshops of the Manufacture, as indeed are all Blancpain movements, the new Calibre 242 takes things to a new level by further improving on the recordbreaking autonomy of Calibre 25 unveiled in 1998: the world’s first self-winding tourbillon with an 8-day power reserve. The new self-winding tourbillon movement has an exceptional 12-day power reserve guaranteed by a single barrel. Comprising 243 parts united within just a space just 6.10 mm thick and 30.60 mm in diameter, it is is equipped with a silicon balancespring and pallet-fork horns in order to alleviate the effects of magnetic fields.

Technical characteristics
  • Caliber 242  
  • Thickness 6.10 mm  
  • Diameter 30.60 mm  
  • Power-reserve in hours 288   
  • Jewels 43   Components 243    
  • Case: Platinum  Thickness 11.65 mm  
  • Diameter 42.00 mm  Water-resistance 3 bar*   
  • Sapphire crystal back Yes  
  • Interhorn space 23.00 mm *Each bar corresponds to a 10-metre water column. Alligator leather straps - origin: Mississippiensis
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