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How to properly deal with heritage timepieces: a visit to the Blancpain Vintage Atelier

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On my wishlist for further exploration, a visit to the Vintage Atelier at Blancpain in Le Brassus was very high up... and now I had the chance to meet with the team that takes care of all Blancpain timepieces prior to 1981. And of course I’d like to take you along by sharing my impressions... Located in the old farmhouse in Le Brassus, the heart of the Valleè de Joux, the Vintage Atelier occupies only one room with 4 watchmaker workplaces, but it has the opportunity to reach out to all Blancpain facilities .....Story

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Vintage Blancpain Fifty Fathoms: A story of Tornek Rayville.

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amanico
I got my first Tornek Rayville in 2008, after some years of searches and hunt. You can imagine that the moment was quite intense. A Tornek Rayville! Mine! Finally! A military watch which made and still makes a lot of watch aficionados dream. I owned it for four years, till the day I was given the choice to make a trade between my Nr 103 ( All the TR 900 are numbered, at the exception of a very few, but the question remains to know if these " sterile " were issued or not, and the Number 20.....Story

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A visit to Blancpain in the Vallée de Joux

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“ Blancpain perpetuates its historical links with Switzerland's oldest watchmaking tradition by making its timepieces at Le Brassus and Le Sentier, respectively a village and a hamlet in the Joux Valley. This region of the Waldensian Jura is imbued with the soul of the watchmaker's art. Clockmaking began here in about 1740, and its workshops are still the source of 90% of the complications of Swiss mechanical watchmaking ” (Blancpain website) Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit Blancpain in ... ...Story

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The History of the Fifty Fathoms

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DrStrong
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms A review based on articles by S. Ciejka, R. Bruyeron, K. Knirim and the Blancpain website The Origins In 1952, two French naval officers, Commander Robert "Bob" Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud were instructed by the Ministry of Defense and the French Navy to set up an elite unit called "Les Nageurs de combat" - i.e...Story

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BaselWorld 2016: Close-up with the Blancpain Métiers d'Art in Obsidian & Rokushō Gold!

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One of the fascinating aspects of horology is not only its historical, technical and aesthetical sophistication, but also its natural association with complementary arts. One brand that traditionally understood this connection was Blancpain , who already presented a great number of fantastically crafted timepieces. Many of them featured ancient Asian, often Japanese, techniques, owing to the personal connection their CEO Marc Hayek has with this region. During BaselWorld, we had the chance to appreciate this .....Story

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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda.

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amanico
It has been a long time we didn't discuss that one. I am generally not a big fan of dates, even on FFs. But this one is one of the rare exceptions to my rule. I could take 5 in picture, but was never able to own one...Story

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7 years of love. Your story with the Fifty Fathoms

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amanico
7 years that I got this early Military ( sorry for the redundance ) Milspec! A Lucky find. A good friend of mine was travelling in the US, and one of his friends offered him to buy this Watch. My friend called me in the middle of the night, which is not a problem for the Vlad in me, and told me that. I asked him to send me a picture of the Watch, to check some détails, such as the hacking seconds, and the case back, and when all the lights were green, I told him " GO ".....Story

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Testing Blancpain’s Fifty Fathom Bathyscape: Finding Ariel’s song in the ‘Big Blue’.

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Hard to imagine that a little over 60 years ago, there was no dive watch market! There were some specialist dive watches developed for military purposes, but to all intents and purposes, these were not available to the civilian population. In today’s market there is hardly any single watch firm that does not have a dive in its line up; they have become a requirement for most watchmakers whether in the haute horologerie market or not. Dive watches were developed by two firms in particular: Rolex and Blancpain. .....Story

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A review of the Lip Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

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DrStrong
The story of the Fifty Fathoms is all over the place now, but the connection with Lip is still a mystery for some people. When you discuss with new collectors, you still hear the question "what was the connection between Blancpain and Lip ?", or even "what is Lip ?" !!! So here's a short review of a Lip Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, with a focus on the contract between Blancpain and Lip in the 1950's. In late 1952 / early 1953, the first combat divers unit was created in France. This unit was the result of a partnership .....Story

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Blancpain X Fathoms, the ultimate Fifty Fathoms?

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amanico
When it comes to Fifty Fathoms, you know my taste.... Vintage, big case, Rotomatic Incabloc, 3/6/9/12, Milspecs, No Rad, Barakuda and " Tutti Quanti ". A bunch of good old " Fifties "... But that doesn't mean that I have zero interest on modern variations of this legendary Watch, which is said to be ( and it may well be right ) the first real diving Watch, the mother of all our modern diving watches...Story

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