This one-of-a-kind hand wound mechanical pocket-watch by Blancpain was specially designed and developed for the Only Watch 2007, the second edition of an exceptional charity auction initiated by Luc Pettavino, Founder of United Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (UPMD) and President of the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy (AMM).
The Blancpain Only Watch (2007) pocket-watch is equipped with the famous Blancpain ultra-slim Calibre 15, a truly unique star shining among the galaxy of rare and sought-after models produced by the Manufacture in Le Brassus.
The dial itself is a masterpiece of superlative craftsmanship. The designers have conceived dedicated dial openings providing a unique glimpse of the beauty and the complexity of the skeletonised movement. The hand-bevelled first cut-out naturally follows the line of the movement gear wheels right through to the escapement. The second comma-shaped aperture lends aesthetic balance to the dial as a whole.
Crafted in 18-carat gold and adorned with finely worked motifs made by hand with a special graver, the dial surface has been exquisitely coated with a warm Havana brown colour using the sophisticated traditional champlevé technique. This beautifully dappled shade achieved by Grand Feu enamelling blends harmoniously with the yellow gold of the Clous de Paris hour-markers and the case. The hand-engraved and raised Blancpain logo seems to emerge from the enamelled surface between 6 and 8 o’clock.
The admirably meticulous finishing details adorning the beating heart of the Blancpain Only Watch 2007, mechanical hand-wound Calibre 15, can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back and the dial apertures artistically sculpted in the enamelled dial. Designed, assembled and hand-decorated by the Blancpain master-watchmakers, this breathtakingly slender ultra-slim movement measures a mere 1.9 mm thick for a diameter of 36.1 mm. It is distinguished by its subtle and delicate open worked motifs and by the “Only Watch” inscription engraved on the hand-chased bridge.
Endowed with a 40-hour power reserve, the Blancpain Only Watch 2007 is housed in an 18-carat yellow gold half-hunter case measuring 45 mm in diameter and fitted with the traditional double stepped bezel and sapphire crystal back.
This exceptional timepiece is presented in a burr elm box specially designed to accommodate a pocket-watch and including a dedicated drawer for the accompanying solid gold chain. Setting the perfect finishing touch, the Only Watch logo is embossed into the leather-lined lid of the precious presentation box.