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Blancpain

In 1735, Jehan-Jacques Blancpain opened a modest workshop on the second floor of his farmhouse in the Jura village of Villeret in Switzerland. These humble beginnings would form the foundation of what is now the world’s oldest existing watchmaker and one of the premier brands within the category of Swiss watchmaking.

Like most horologists at the time, Blancpain’s business was, at the beginning, a family affair: Jehan-Jacques’s son and siblings joined in the work at hand. After all, between the honing, polishing, design and assembly, the making of an innovative watch calls for all hands on deck. Since then, even given its deep history, Blancpain has remained a forward-looking brand.

At the end of the 18th century, Jehan-Jacques’s grandson David-Louis endeavored to turn the family business into an international one, traveling to cities across Europe to proffer the family’s distinctive timepieces, which were known for their roue de rencontre, or meeting wheel, escapements. By the early 1800s, Frédéric-Louis Blancpain, Jehan-Jacques’s great-grandson, had begun work on ultra-flat movements and implemented modern means of production at the factory. Soon, Blancpain built a two-story factory that further bolstered its production capacity.

In 1926, Blancpain partnered with British watchmaker John Harwood to produce the first automatic wristwatch, an innovation that had existed only in pocket watches at that point. Then nearly 30 years later, when the race to craft modern dive watches had gained speed and Rolex was unveiling its iconic Submariner, Blancpain introduced its Fifty Fathoms, a timepiece designed initially for the French Navy to be waterproof up to a depth of 50 fathoms.

After two centuries of family management, Blancpain left the hands of its namesake family in 1932, passing between a few owners before being acquired in 1961 by SSIH, the venerable Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogère, whose other subsidiaries include Omega and Tissot. SSIH would sell Blancpain to a member of another Swiss watch family, Jacques Piguet, in the early 1980s. In 2010, Piguet merged with Blancpain under the Swatch Group. Today, Blancpain maintains its painstaking attention to detail, producing fewer than 30 watches per day, each crafted by a single watchmaker.

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Blancpain Le Brassus Perpetual Calendar Split Seconds Chronograph 18 Karat Gold
By Blancpain
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: COM2293 Manufacturer: BlancPain Model: Le Brassus Model Ref: 4286P-3642-55B Age: Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals, Guarantee, Key, Pusher, Spare Strap Dial: White Roma...
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2010s Blancpain

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Blancpain Villeret N° 17 Minute Repeater Platinum Mechanical Unworn
By Blancpain
Located in Geneva, CH
Blancpain Villeret Repetition Minutes in Platinum Reference n° 0033-3427-55A 33mm Size Limited Edition No°17 Very rare model in this condition Mechanical Movement 950 Platinum Case &...
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1990s Blancpain

Materials

Platinum

Blancpain Leman Perpetual
By Blancpain
Located in Surfside, FL
ESTIMATED RETAIL $49,200 - YOUR PRICE $29,700 - Blancpain Leman Flyback Chrono Perpetual Calendar in 18k rose gold. Auto w/ flyback chronograph (with 30-minute and 12-hour counters) ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Blancpain

Swiss Pre-Owned Blancpain Self-Winding Automatic Diamond White Gold Ladies Watch
By Blancpain
Located in New York, NY
When it comes to describing Blancpain watches, two words are most often heard – innovation and tradition. Each of these is woven together in the fabric of the brand’s philosophy. In ...
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Early 2000s Blancpain

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Blancpain Villeret Yellow Gold White Dial 0071-1418-55 Watch
By Blancpain
Located in London, GB
An 18k Yellow Gold Villeret Gents Wristwatch, white dial with roman numerals, a fixed 18k yellow gold bezel, a black leather strap with an original 18k yellow gold pin buckle, sapphi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Blancpain

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Blancpain Art Deco Wristwatch, Circa 1930
By Blancpain
Located in London, GB
A Blancpain, Art Deco, platinum and diamond wristwatch, with a white painted dial, with Art Deco indices, signed Blancpain, the square case is surrounded by diamonds. The shoulders a...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Blancpain

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

  • Blancpain Art Deco Wristwatch, Circa 1930
  • Blancpain Art Deco Wristwatch, Circa 1930
  • Blancpain Art Deco Wristwatch, Circa 1930
  • Blancpain Art Deco Wristwatch, Circa 1930
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Blancpain Platinum Watch and 18 Karat Diamond Bracelet, circa 1930s-1940s
By Blancpain
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Blancpain STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Dress Watch METAL / MATERIAL: Platinum + 18KT Diamonds CIRCA / YEAR: 1930 - 1940 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 23mm X 10mm MOVEMENT / CA...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Blancpain

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Titanium Black Dial Mens Watch 5015 Box Card
By Blancpain
Located in Atlanta, GA
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Titanium Black Dial Mens Watch 5015 Box Card. Automatic self-winding movement. Calibre 1315. Titanium case 45.0 mm in diameter anti-magnetic case. Exhibition ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Blancpain

Materials

Titanium

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