Producing a grand complication watch is a technical achievement for any watchmaker, but building one with a fully integrated movement deserves even higher praise. After six years of development, Blancpain recently achieved this feat with the 1735, a grand complication named for the year that the company was founded. The 1735, which was introduced in March and is limited to 30 pieces, merges the brand’s renowned ultraslim movement with five complications: a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater, a moon phase calendar, and an automatic split-second chronograph that can track intermediate, or split, times, such as those recorded for different legs of a race.
Grand complication movements usually are constructed like a sandwich, with each complicated mechanism layered on top of another. However, with its fully integrated movement design, the 1735 compactly incorporates the complications in a sleek platinum case that measures less than half an inch thick and has a diameter of about 1.25 inches. The movement’s 740 parts include bridges and plates made from 18-karat gold.
Each Blancpain 1735 is assembled by a single watchmaker from start to finish, a process that typically takes more than eight months. Blancpain will reserve one watch from this series for a Robb Report reader.
Price: $1 million. Contact: Blancpain, 201.271.4721, www.blancpain.com.
Allow eight to 10 months for the watch to be completed.
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