Blancpain Le Brassus Erotic Minute Repeater Carrousel (Reference 00232-3631-55B)

Launched in 2011, this high complication watch from Blancpain’s LE BRASSUS collection features a Minute Repeater Carrousel complication with cathedral gong. Equipped with the caliber 232 hand-wound movement, the watch features a one-of-a-kind erotic scene on its case back.

Blancpain Le Brassus Erotic Minute Repeater Carrousel watch

Comprised of 417 components, the 47 jewels mechanical hand wound movement has a power reserve of 65 hours.

Blancpain Le Brassus Erotic Minute Repeater Carrousel watch

Dressed in a 45mm red gold case, the Blancpain Le Brassus Erotic Minute Repeater Carrousel watch boasts a white grand feu enamelled dial with Roman numeral hour markers.

Blancpain Carrousel Répétition Minutes Le Brassus – Grand Complication Watch with a Flying One-Minute Carrousel and a Cathedral Gong Minute Repeater

Topping the pyramid of Blancpain’s Basel 2010 new releases is the Carrousel Répétition Minutes Le Brassus. This grand complication, for the first time in watchmaking history, combines a flying one-minute carrousel and a cathedral gong minute repeater.

Few in the watchmaking industry are able to offer the minute repeater complication and of those only a handful have developed their own minute repeater movement. Since the late 80s, Blancpain has developed and steadily produced not one but two different minute repeater movements. In 2010, Blancpain changes that total to three, with the introduction of the Carrousel Répétition Minutes Le Brassus.

Blancpain Carrousel Répétition Minutes Le Brassus - Grand Complication Watch with a Flying One-Minute Carrousel and a Cathedral Gong Minute Repeater

This entirely new grand complication showcases a host of exclusive Blancpain innovations. The minute repeater features a cathedral gong striking mechanism, meaning that its sounding rings are extra long, circling the movement one and a half times to produce superior richness in the sound.

The transmission of sound from the movement through the case remains a classic challenge for minute repeater developers. Blancpain has met that challenge by attaching the cathedral gong rings to the inside of the case, a solution which achieves industry leading volume and clarity. Further enhancing the performance of the repeater, Blancpain has developed a special flying regulator for the movement.

Blancpain Carrousel Répétition Minutes Le Brassus - Grand Complication Watch with a Flying One-Minute Carrousel and a Cathedral Gong Minute Repeater

Historically repeaters have been vulnerable to damage if the owner attempts to change the time while the repeater is engaged and sounding. An innovation addresses this problem; actuation of the repeater disconnects the mechanism from the crown, thus eliminating the risk of damage if the crown is manipulated. As befits such a complicated movement, the red gold movement bridges and mainplate are individually hand engraved.

The heart of this new Le Brassus timepiece is Blancpain’s one minute flying carrousel, which established a multitude of world firsts when it was introduced two years ago, including the world’s first one minute carrousel, first flying carrousel and first carrousel in a wristwatch.

Blancpain Carrousel Répétition Minutes Le Brassus - Grand Complication Watch with a Flying One-Minute Carrousel and a Cathedral Gong Minute Repeater

This unique combination of carrousel and minute repeater debuts in a 45mm red gold case with a brushed white gold chapter ring and red gold applied numerals.

The combination of an opened dial center and sapphire case back allows a perfect view of the complex minute repeater mechanism and hand carving of the movement bridges.

Technical details

Model: Blancpain Carrousel Répétition Minutes «LeBrassus»
Ref. 0233-3634-55B

Movement
Calibre 1736 hand-winding
Thickness: 7.40 mm
Diameter: 32.80 mm
Power reserve; 60 hours
Rubies: 48
Components: 414

Case
Red Gold
Thickness: 13.31 mm
Diameter: 45.00 mm
Sapphire crystal case back

Dial
Grey dial

Edition
Limited to 10 pieces