Not your usual Blancpain…

Apr 20, 2023,08:55 AM

… namely the L‘Evolution Grande Date 8 Jours. It’s more a concept watch than a timeless classic, with a lot of interesting and well executed details.

The 43.5mm case picks up the typical double ring bezel, but it goes totally new ways when it comes to the removable bold lugs.

The open worked dial plays with the traditional 2100/Leman Roman numerals and movement decorations in form of Geneva stripes and perlage, while the 8 day caliber based on the well known 1315 and equipped with a titanium balance shows a more unique and modern finish:

It’s a controversial design, and it was not exactly a huge success. But it represents a time of innovation and creativity besides the established routes. Maybe it was just ahead of its time?

Hope you enjoyed these impressions. What’s your take on this almost forgotten line by Blancpain?


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Everytime I see or read about a Blancpain I can't help but think...

 By: BigFatPauli : April 20th, 2023-10:25
About what an underappreciated brand it is. And that's such a shame. They really don't get anywhere near the credit they deserve.

Thanks very much for your post.

 By: GWIS : April 20th, 2023-12:31
I haven't seen that one before. It's certainly interesting and I like it, although there are certain aspects which aren't to my taste, like the large roman numerals on a sporty and modern design. Thanks again. Jon


 By: elliot55 : April 20th, 2023-14:02
... I think this brand is way underrated.

8 days, 3 barrels, big date

 By: Gabriel80 : April 20th, 2023-16:24
who cares about its commercial success 😁.

I love these

 By: stabilizer : May 3rd, 2023-13:31
Was able to try one on in the NYC boutique, an example in platinum, and found it quite amazing.