Blancpain Villeret Quantième Phases de Lune 6126-2987-55A
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In 1953, Blancpain was commissioned by the French military to develop a mechanical diver's watch for the combat float unit "Les Nageurs de combat" with a one-sided adjustable bezel, which could be used to display the diving time.

This automatic watch received its name because of its water pressure resistance to a depth of 50 English threads (1 Fathom = 1.829 m): The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. In the course of time, it developed into one of the most reliable and most frequently used diving watches. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, for example, used this watch in his underwater film "Le Monde du Silence". To this day, it is not clear whether the Fifty Fathoms or the equally legendary Rolex Submariner was the first watch designed for underwater use with an adjustable bezel. In 1956, Blancpain launched the Ladybird, the smallest round automatic movement of its time.
In 1970 Blancpain was taken over by the SSIH. During the quartz crisis, Blancpain ceased production. The name rights were purchased on 9 January 1983 by Jean-Claude Biver and Jacques Piguet, the director of the Frédéric Piguet SA watch manufactory, for CHF 22,000. The production plant was then relocated to Le Brassus.
When the company was sold back to the Swatch Group (then SSIH) for 60 million Swiss francs in 1992, its annual turnover was 50 million CHF. Jean-Claude Biver remained CEO of Blancpain until 2003. In July 2010, the watch manufacturer Frédéric Piguet SA, also a subsidiary of the Swatch Group, together with the production facility in Le Sentier, was integrated into Blancpain SA.
Blancpain is known as the manufacturer of one of the most complex wristwatches, the "Blancpain 1735", which features an automatic winding mechanism, a tourbillon, minute repeater, a perpetual calendar and a chronograph with drag hand. The watch is manufactured in a limited edition of 30 pieces, with an annual production of only one piece. In 2008, Blancpain launched the first wristwatch with a carousel, a variant of the tourbillon.
Le Brassus
Fifty Fathoms
Blancpain is a sponsor of numerous motorsport events and teams, particularly in GT sport. Blancpain sponsors the FIA GT1 World Championship, the ADAC GT Masters and the British GT Championship. The company has also been title sponsor of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo since 2009 and of the Blancpain Endurance Series since 2011. Blancpain is also official timekeeper in the GT1 World Championship. Blancpain also sponsors several teams in GT sports, such as Reiter Engineering.
Blancpain and Lamborghini work closely together in racing. Lamborghini launched the special Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition model from his Gallardo. Blancpain is the main sponsor of Lamborghini's 50th anniversary.
Since 2013 Blancpain has had its own GT racing team called Blancpain Racing. The Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FLII is driven by Marc A. Hayek, CEO of Blancpain, and Peter Kox.