Luxury Timepieces: Blancpain has produced haute timepieces for men and women since 1735. Yearly the prominent Switzerland-based watch manufacturer puts up a one-off wristwatch for auction to benefit the Monaco Association of Muscular Dystrophy (Association Monegasque contre la Myopathie) during the Monaco Yacht Show. This year's selected timepiece for the Only One auction was Le Brassus. Its suggested retail price is $135,000. The results of the auction have not yet been officially announced.
Le Brassus has 37 rubies and 364 components. Complications of this exclusive men's wristwatch include both sideral and solar time, perpetual calendar, leap-year indication, and equation of time. It has a sapphire back. The diameter of this extraordinary work is 42 mm, and its thickness is 12.25 mm. The power reserve of this self-winding watch is 72 hours, and it is water-resistant up to 50 meters. The case is brushed red gold, and it has a black dial with a hand-engraved rotor. An image of a
historic Lake Geneva sailing ship, La Vaudoise, sweeps across its black dial.
The Villeret, Léman, Spécialités are other limited-edition collections currently offered by Blancpain through its boutiques and exclusive
For LxM James Rothaar