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The latest addition to the L-evolution collection features a flyback
split-seconds chronograph mechanism and a large date. This
watch, combining carbon fibre and cutting-edge technology,
reflects 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-techmaterial was used to create
certain watch components: the carbon fibre bezel, caseback and
dial represent significant technical feats, reflecting 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 newmodel beats Calibre 69F9 with its 409 parts
including 44 jewels, ensuring 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.
When the split-second function is activated via the pusher at 8
o’clock, the hand stops to enable reading of a split time, while the
sweep seconds hand continues running. A second press on the
pusher enables the split-second hand to “catch up with” the sweep
seconds hand. The flyback function, enabling reset and instant
restart of the chronograph, is activated by pressing the pusher at 4
o’clock.
The sapphire crystal reveals fascinating glimpses of this movement
with its unique decoration. Numerous stages were involved in
achieving this result. The parts have been coated with a beadblasted
two-tone material (5N red gold-plated or rhodiumed depending
on the finish); while the straight graining on the NAC bridges
features the anthracite appearance characteristic of this treatment.
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.