Blancpain Platinum Le Brassus 8 Jours Limited Edition 24/260.
There are a lot of complicated and interesting features in this high-horology limited edition watch. The basic features of this 42mm Blancpain are as follows; a silver dial with white gold indexes and hands, a solid platinum case with matching platinum buckle, an 8 day power reserve with the famous 13RO movement and classic 80s/90s Blancpain styling. This watch also features sapphire glass on the front and back.
The 13RO is widely considered Blancpain's first ever attempt at producing a high-horology movement and the platinum Le Brassus is the first watch to feature the 13RO. The movement was widely-marketed and was originally designed to be everything a high-horology movement should be; beautifully decorated, accurate and highly resistant to wear. To demonstrate the latter the CEO was widely marketed as testing the movement while mountain-biking to ensure the movement actually was as resistant as they wanted it to be.
The watch despite being designed as a beautiful 90s style dress watch has numerous rare features to ensure wearability and durability. To start the watch is entirely made out of platinum which itself is more durable and scratch resistant than steel and gold. The watch was also given flat double sapphire glass that adds to its wearability and ensures the glass does not protrude out of the case. The watch also features a free sprung titanium balance wheel and gold inertia balance blocks among other high-horology features. Suffice it to say these features ensure the watch stays very accurate even through significant use.
The dial itself is special as well and features many rare high-horology attention to detail features. The Roman numeral indexes are all completely white gold and are screwed down, which although sounds odd is actually quite complicated to manufacture and ensures they won't fall out during heavy impacts. The hands are also completely made out of white gold - rare among watches and a good example that this watch is actually legitimately in the high-horology category. These hands look beautiful and are hand made as well as being completely resistant to moisture due to being white gold - one of the main reasons for the damage we see on hands in other vintage and used watches.
This watch is an amazing example of complicated and durable engineering meeting simple, beautiful watch design. The watch is highly reminiscent of 80/90s Jean Claude Biver era Blancpain. The watch is 12mm thick and features a double-step bezel as well as an accompanying platinum strap buckle. The movement itself is also very highly decorated and would fit alongside brands such as Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantine. The movement features black polished screws, mirror finishing on multiple locations and the famous Côtes de Genève pattern all throughout the movement.
This movement also inspired the modern Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms movement and as previously mentioned this watch was the first to feature the 13RO which inspired the 1315. The 1315 is still the primary movement in most Fifty-Fathoms to this day, a testament to the overall quality and provenance of the 13RO. There are yet more features in this watch to discover that will no doubt please its next owner and be the subject of many a lengthy internal monologue.
This watch comes in excellent condition with box, papers and our 12 month warranty. Circa 2007.