The 18th century had untapped potential in a then brand-new industry – watchmaking. Making note of this potential, Jehan-Jacques Blancpain founded Blancpain in 1735 in the upper floors of his home in Villeret, what is today recognized as Bernese Jura in Switzerland. Almost 300 years later, this manufacturer of haute horlogerie, now a subsidiary of the Swatch Group, is among the oldest watchmakers in the world.
When quartz movements came into the spotlight, many watch manufacturers considered it the end of an era and embraced the new development. However, Blancpain held tight to its roots and worked to revive the traditions of the past – they focused on grande complications executed in the most traditional form, and committed themselves to ensuring the survival and growth of mechanical watchmaking.
They have never used a quartz movement in their watches; rather, they are renowned for creating new and exceptional movements that have allowed them to revive the complications of the past and adapt them to the modern age. Blancpain’s philosophy is to “bring out the best in watchmaking tradition through innovation”. A perfect example of this is the 2008 revival of the “Karrusel” – a complication forgotten for more than a century; they have incorporated it into a wristwatch.
Additionally, in the last decade, Blancpain has also had the distinction of developing 33 new calibers which are now housed in their latest creations. Besides the complication models, Blancpain watches are available to men and women across six collections: Le Brassus, Villeret, Léman, Fifty Fathoms, L-Evolution, and Women.
Besides the hallmarks of being among the oldest brands and creating outstanding timepieces, from both a design as well as a function and performance perspective, Blancpain watches are among few that are still handmade. With deep respect for the craft and its traditions, every watch is assembled, engraved, and decorated by a dedicated watchmaker; with that kind of personal attention, what could the end product be but complete perfection? In direct correlation, the number of Blancpain watches made in one day is very low…potentially less than 30. When you put all these considerations together, you can see why this brand is so coveted by watch lovers around the world!
If you’re looking for a Blancpain that’s in good condition and available at an affordable price, then the pre-owned watch market is where you look; especially if what you’re looking for is a vintage piece or discontinued model. Cherished by their previous owners, right till the moment it leaves their possession, these second-hand watches continue to be a great investment for everyone and their value will only ever increase.