Blancpain Carrousel Minute Repeater Chronograph: First Watch With All Three Complications Together

Blancpain Carrousel Minute Repeater Chronograph: First Watch With All Three Complications Together

Blancpain Carrousel Minute Repeater Chronograph: First Watch With All Three Complications Together   watch releases

Being the "brand of the carrousel," Blancpain's use of this close cousin to the tourbillon must someday find its way into anything they produce. Then again, they did recently produce the Carrousel Tourbillon watch (aBlogtoWatch hands-on) that featured both complications in order to help distinguish them. Now, with the new Blancpain Carrousel Minute Repeater Chronograph, we see for the first time all three of the named complications together in one watch.

Having built a solid foundation with the carrousel, first seen in the Blancpain Carrousel Volant Une Minute in 2008, and being no stranger to grand complications in general, Blancpain's latest creation showcases the brand's ability to design and execute the type of watch that elevates the watchmaker to the level of an artist.

The carrousel is Blancpain's signature complication, as they are the only brand that has actively promoted and presented it to the market. A close cousin to the more common tourbillon, it goes about doing the same thing, but in a slightly different way (find the the technical explanation on Blancpain's website). There are technical differences, and it is by no means a lesser version of the tourbillon, only different.

Blancpain Carrousel Minute Repeater Chronograph: First Watch With All Three Complications Together   watch releases

Blancpain Carrousel Minute Repeater Chronograph: First Watch With All Three Complications Together   watch releases

 

Then we have yet another haute horlogerie staple, that of the minute repeater. Blancpain's improvements are numerous, including having the blades of its cathedral gong wrap one and a half times around the movement in order to emit a sound of unique quality. In order to achieve better volume and clarity, the transmission has been optimized by fixing the gongs inside the case. Additionally, a flying governor has been added to reduce the background noise of the movement, enhancing the purity of the sound. Lastly, as a safety feature, the watch automatically disconnects the crown-adjustment system when the repeater slide is activated, protecting the movement from harm.

The third headline feature is of course the fly-back chronograph, with a column wheel and vertical coupling-clutch. It is activated by the pusher at 4 o’clock and enables a new time measurement while a preceding one is in progress. The unique thing about this chronograph is the 30 minute counter that emanates from the center of the dial. Look at the photos and mark out the red tipped hand. This adds additional complexity to the movement, but then we expect nothing less than these types of horological surprises from a watch of this caliber.

Blancpain Carrousel Minute Repeater Chronograph: First Watch With All Three Complications Together   watch releases

The dial is open-worked and surrounded by a chapter ring, which like the rear of the movement, is covered in sapphire crystal and allows an open and generous view into the wonderfully complex mechanism and the superb level of finish. Of interest are the beautifully finished minute repeater gongs, viewable from the back, which will be stunning to see working in real time.

There are currently no details on the price or availability, but it is to be expected to be very high and of course, numbers will be very limited. As a high-end watch that has almost every major complication in it, this piece is definitely the standout for Blancpain this year. Price will be in the $400,000 - $500,000 range. blancpain.com

13 comments
Lesthepom
Lesthepom

A butiful masterpiece but the hands spoil it for me I know it's really all about the movement but it would be nice to be able to tell the time on it

A fantastic mix of complications and I am sure one could stare at it for hours and never really workout how it works I think a short video of it is going to be as close as I will get to seeing one o well dream on

aleximd2000
aleximd2000

A really piece of art.I bought last year a Blanpain from the 50's a really vintage and when I opened it I was amazed how beautiful the Cotes du Geneve where. It was an open face robbery because I bought it withh 30 dollars from a gambler. But this is a really beast.I could spend hours just looking at this engine!

Yes the price is something what reminds us that this is capitalism: who has luck is lucky and who does not -ain't! I am very disoriented about my next purchase and Blancpain crossed my mind several times. They have the same logo as I do when the marketeers come to me with quartz watches: no dogs no icecream and no quartz allowed in my house!

Cheers everybody

PS about the split chrono hand or red hand it is like when you say Well I don't like this Ferrarri because the colour! Strange

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

These very heavily touched marketing photos are likey doing it a disservice. I can't quite put my finger on it, but this watch looks really grumpy. It doesn't like being stared at, and totally does not approve of my gawking, I can feel it coming back at me. Very odd. I'd love to see an actual photograph to confirm this.

I think the red chrono hand was a mistake. Red and rose gold? Puke.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

What an elaborate, handsome timepiece.  Every mechanical component has been chosen not just for function, but for colour and shape as well to produce a kind of living kinetic sculpture visible through the dial.  I want it but for that kind of money you could buy a very nice house.  A shame, but at least I can drool over pictures.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Lesthepom Hands??? What??? It also tells time??? Amazing, that means it also doubles as a watch in a pinch.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@aleximd2000 Ferraris look natural in red. But imagine one (in red) with rose gold trim. See, that might look odd also.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Kris CAre you confusing it with the Christophe Claret Kantharos (angry owl eyes)? I keep squinting and I don't see the anger in the face of the Blancpain. Maybe it would look happier if it were on your wrist, ha ha.

Ryan B
Ryan B

@Kris C  yes, the red needs to go and it does have a disappointed / angry look to it. You might be on to something.

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

Maybe I could order one with day glow green hands that might do it

aleximd2000
aleximd2000

@MarkCarson @aleximd2000 OK

I AGREE BUT TELL ME A PRACTICAL SOLUTION TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THE TWO LONG HANDS

hERE  in my little country i saw many Ferraris in odd colours like blue or gray

and the last tell me that this beast doesn't look cool?

 

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@aleximd2000 I was truly laughing out loud when I read your comment! Yeah, we are so picky about something we will never own. I might as well debate childbirth techniques (something which I have also observed but will never actually do). 

You know, If I had the half a million and was going to buy this watch, I'd think there is a good chance that Blancpain would paint the damn hand any color I wanted!!! So this is not a deal breaker for an actual buyer. Cheers.

aleximd2000
aleximd2000

@MarkCarson @aleximd2000 i say this has to be our biggest concern in our life, the colour of the tip of a half million dollar watch!

I luv u man    cheers looking forward for next criss crosses

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@aleximd2000 I agree - this is a fabulous watch and overall looks great.Perhaps as a detail only, they might have selected another color for the tip of the split chrono hand. Or they could have made the tip with a different shape from the other chrono hand (similar to how GMT hands often have a different shape or tip compared to the normal 12 hour hand). Cheers.