The Blancpain 1735 Is The 1%’s Wet Dream

The Blancpain 1735 Is The The 1%'s Wet Dream

Lying somewhere between precious metal and the ethereal, the Blancpain 1735 is the watch of all watches. It’s the watch that watchmakers wish they could own and only thirty will ever even get the chance to make.

‘Exclusivity’ is more multifaceted than the Hope diamond in a kaleidoscope. It could quite literally mean being part of a world culture-steering group; or perhaps simply holding a card that provides only Bilzerian’s class members with access to a personal concierge 24/7. But to the 1%, true exclusivity is when that ‘select few’ are fighting amongst themselves to get their hands on something.

In the great tradition of “Gentlemen’s Bets”, such as Phileas Fogg’s trip and the 44 Berners Street Hoax, the 1735 started as challenge among master watchmakers. They wanted to see if they could combine six of the most complex watch mechanisms into a single watch; without having it stand from your wrist like a miniature Big Ben.

The Blancpain 1735 Is The The 1%'s Wet Dream

Keeping its platinum case to a miniscule 42mm, the watchmakers at Blancpain managed to incorporate a Chronograph, Moon Phase and a Perpetual Calendar. These components take into account leap years. There is a Tourbillon, which counteracts the effects of gravity on the accuracy of the timekeeping. Not to mention the monumentally complicated Minute Repeater. This strikes wire gongs within the mechanism to make three distinct tones to denote the hour, quarter hour and minute at the time you requested. If you are still not impressed, you can see all that mechanical Swiss wizardry through the sapphire crystal window in the back. That’s how the Swiss show off.

The Blancpain 1735 Is The The 1%'s Wet Dream

These Blancpain watches have been in production since 1985. The last of only 30 produced was sold by Ray & Scott of Guernsey to an anonymous client who was immediately offered double the $1,024,000 he paid for it by a fellow collector. The Blancpain was then hand delivered to the client by the watchmaker himself.

Forget precious stones; when it comes to pure timekeeping luxury the Blancpain 1735 steals the show.


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