Baselworld 2016: Blancpain novelties
Ladybird, Villeret Quantième Annuel, The Great Wave
Luxury watchmaker Blancpain has unveiled its 2016 novelties at this year's Baselworld. The four new timepieces – Ladybird, The Great Wave, the Villeret Quantième Annuel GMT and the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe – have their own distinct traditions and personalities that not only highlight the brand's creative prowess but also its wide-ranging reach.
At the time of its inception, Blancpain's Ladybird was the world's smallest round watch. Six decades later, at a petite 15.7mm in diameter, it remains one of the smallest timepieces around. To celebrate its 60th birthday, a limited edition motif design has been released while the bezel is encircled with 32 diamonds, complemented by a further eight spread evenly on the dial.
The Great Wave
Blancpain's artistic watch offering this year was inspired by Japanese artist Hokusai. Recreating his Great Wave print, Blancpain's master craftsmen worked with Mexican silver obsidian for the first time to create a truly unique timepiece complete with a special calfskin strap. Apart from the aesthetic appeal of the watch, the mechanical aspect of the watch should also be highlighted as it receives an upgraded version of the maison's famed 13R0 caliber.
Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
One of the brand's iconic collections, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe now receives a new look: plasma gray ceramic case. Adding to a new distinguishable identity of the diving watch is the dark blue dial that reflects the deep blue sea. The clean dial also features a date display window, liquidmetal hour-markers and a red-tipped seconds hand.
Villeret Quantième Annuel GMT Steel
This new timepiece will be the first annual calendar GMT model available in a stainless steel case. The same metal also features on the dial as the hand and hour-markers. Three display windows on the crown side reveal the day, date and month, in the order to ensure easy reading. To avoid clutter, the day and month correctors are placed under the lug using the brand's patented system. Rounding off the classic clean look is the alligator leather strap lined with Alzavel calfskin.
Discover the new watches at blancpain.com