Just in time for the St. Valentine’s Day, Blancpain has presented the limited edition Ladybird Ultraplate Saint-Valentin 2016 (Ref. 0063F-1954-63A). Featuring an in-house automatic movement with an exterior design done by something that looks like a team of real professionals, this one may be a little expensive for most of us, but it still is worth every penny.
Blancpain has a long tradition of offering limited editions for St. Valentine’s Day. The year 2014 is not an exception. Their automatic Blancpain Saint Valentin 2014 (Ref. 6604-4654-55B) is designed for ladies who have good taste when it comes to luxury items and is based on their 2013 Saint-Valentin.
Compared to many timepieces offered today, this Blancpain Quantieme Retrograde (ref. 3653-2954-58b) ladies watch not only sports a brilliantly executed marquetry mother-of-pearl dial but also comes equipped with a gorgeous retrograde calendar complication that shares the dial real estate with a traditional moon-phase display.
Blancpain has recently revealed a model that combines an in-house automatic movement and a classic shape of the body with decisively high-tech bezel and case-back crafted from ultra-lightweight carbon fiber. The material has recently attracted the attention of major brands specialized in manufacturing luxury timepieces. Finally, Blancpain joins the revolution. Meet the new Blancpain L-Evolution Chronographe Flyback a Rattrapante Grande Date chronograph!
This year Blancpain has significantly expanded its Collection Villeret line. The 2011 Villeret Chronographe Monopoussoir Quantieme Complet Collection (refs. 6685-3642-55B in rose gold and 6685-1127-55B in stainless steel) is one of the most beautiful among them featuring a nice take on a centuries-old design of their beautifully finished dials.
As usual, Blancpain has presented a limited-edition timepiece for those celebrating Valentine’s Day. Although looking somewhat oversized on these promotional photos (possibly, thanks to a highly organized dial that comes with lots of elements that are visually separated from each other), the limited edition is very compact being only 34 millimeters wide. Meet the new Saint-Valentin 2011 Complete Calendar Ladies (Ref. 3663-4654-55B).
Here comes the big one. With its 45mm Speed Command Chronograph (ref. 5785F-11D03-63), Blancpain has introduced its sportiest model so far. Although the exterior defies the recent trend of making rugged-looking devices (inspired by real tools, they often come with lots of angles, lots of machine-brushed surfaces and feature deliberately rudimentary, even crude look to their components), the new Speed Command makes a strong impression thanks to its glossy black sapphire bezel and scratch-resistant body of the same color.