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lancpain is a true giant in the world of haute
horlogerie. Founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques
Blancpain, the brand has only ever made
mechanical watches, eschewing quartz for only the most
technical timepieces. Indeed, Blancpain created one of the
most complicated mechanical watches ever made, the
Blancpain 1735. The company is led by Marc Hayek, the
grandson of The Swatch Group's founder and
chairman, Nicolas Hayek. At the helm since 2002, Hayek
has forged strong connections between the brand and the
world of motorsport. Blancpain are currently the partner
of Lamborghini and title sponsor of the ‘Lamborghini
Blancpain Super Trofeo’, the official timekeeper of the FIA
GT1 Series and the ‘Blancpain Endurance Series’ and an
Official Partner in the ‘ADACGTMasters’ championship.
As a powerful symbol of the brand’s active commitment to
motorsport, Hayek actually takes part in the ‘Blancpain
Endurance Series’ as a driver, following his participation in
2009
and 2010 in the ‘Lamborghini Blancpain Super
Trofeo’.
The brand keep themselves no less busy in the creation of
timepieces, and over the past seven years the manufacturer
has developed no less than 26 new calibres. Through its
various models, Blancpain preserves its heritage of
precision and elegance, while also displaying an innovative
and occasionally provocative spirit. The range encompasses
the sportive L-evolution line, the legendary Fifty Fathoms
diver’s watch, as well as the classic Villeret collection, high
complication from the Le Brassus collection, and finally the
feminine models.
A stunning addition to the L-evolution collection is the
flyback split-seconds chronograph. Using carbon fibre and
cutting-edge technology, it’s a further evocation of
Blancpain’s strong commitment in GT racing. Having
decided to adopt such an extreme attitude, Blancpain
naturally chose carbon fibre in creating this timepiece. Its
lightness and sturdiness, combined with its aesthetic appeal,
provide a wealth of development options. This high-tech
material was used to create the bezel, caseback and dial,
representing significant technical feats and Blancpain’s
characteristic innovative strength. To accentuate this
sporting personality, the large date display features a digital
font, red accents punctuate the black background, the 8
o’clock pusher echoes the shape of a fuel-cap and the 9
o’clock counter that of an insignia.
At the heart of this new model beats a Calibre 69F9,
comprising an astounding 409 parts, including 44 jewels,
and including a 40-hour power reserve. It is equipped with
a column wheel that guarantees precise pusher control, as
well as a vertical coupling-clutch that avoids any unwanted
jerking of the hand when the chronograph is activated. This
movement combines a flyback split-second chronograph
mechanism with a large twin-aperture date display. The
split-second chronograph function is a major horological
complication that enables readings of “split” or intermediate
times thanks to a so-called split-second (rattrapante or
catch-up” in French) hand that is superimposed on the
chronograph sweep seconds hand.
The sapphire crystal reveals fascinating glimpses of this
movement with its unique decoration and the overstitched
strap in black alcantara features carbon inserts reminiscent
of the latest breakthrough developments in the field of
racing cars, while the carbon folding clasp adds an ultimate
touch of refined detailing.