Founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, this House boasts a famous and oft-repeated slogan: “Since 1735, there has never been a quartz Blancpain watch. And there never will be.” This bold statement, however, is more than just a slogan; it is a guiding principle of this unique company.a sincere dedication to excellence, which has earned Blancpain numerous accolades over the years.
1926 • The first HARWOOD automatic wristwatches were launched in France.
1931 • With the rectangular ROLLS, BLANCPAIN entered the annals of the automatic rewind.
1932 • The epic of the founding family came to an end with the death of Frédéric-Emile Blancpain. For 50 years, manufacture was managed under the name RAYVILLE (a phonetic anagram of VILLERET), making mainly watches for diving.
1953 • Jacques-Yves Cousteau took with him the FIFTY FATHOMS, water resistant to 200 meters, when he filmed THE WORLD OF SILENCE.
1970 • RAYVILLE S.A. was taken over by SSIH, a Swiss watch-making multinational, and the traditional brand vanished from sight.
1982 • Jean-Claude Biver, a former watchmaker at Omega, and visualiser of ideas for Jacques Piguet, bought the Blancpain name from SSIH.
1983 • BLANCPAIN contributed considerably to the renaissance of the wristwatch.
1988 • BLANCPAIN achieved the simultaneous production of six masterpieces of watch making.
1989 • BLANCPAIN produced a completely new caliber that entered the history of watch making, the automatic chronograph with maximum depth indicator and date.
The high spot of the BLANCPAIN Collection was the 1735, a limited edition of just 30 examples, equipped with a perpetual calendar, chronograph fly-back repeater, tourbillon and minute repeater, one of the most complicated timepieces the world has ever seen.
1992 • BLANCPAIN again changed ownership and was taken over by the SMH (Société Suisse de Microélectronique et d’Horlogerie), better known as SWATCH GROUP. Jean-Claude Biver headed the board.
2002 • BLANCPAIN collections renamed: VILLERET, LE BRASSUS and LEMAN.
Blancpain is also famous for being the creator of one of the most complicated mechanical watches ever made, the Blancpain 1735, which is a true grand complication (Tourbillon, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, split chrono), a limited edition of 30 pieces only, production of just one piece per year.
Blancpain is also known for its Fifty-Fathoms watch, selected by the United States Navy and worn by Jacques-Yves Cousteau in his award-winning film. In 1984, Blancpain launched the world’s smallest movement, followed in 1989 by the launch of the world’s thinnest movement.
Blancpain is well known for sponsoring numerous Motorsport programs, including the Blancpain Endurance Series, Blancpain Sprint Series, Blancpain GT Series, Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series, ADAC GT Masters and Reiter Engineering’s GT1 and GT3 cars.
Blancpain watch with 8-day power reserve.