Back at Baselworld 2016 there were so many unveilings of astonishing timepieces, one couldn’t help but be overwhelmed. So many that we still find ourselves turning back to see what we missed. One of those impressive watches was the new version of the “Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel”.


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There are watches with futuristic beyond the current zeitgeist designs, while others harbor a multitude of complications. But, this Blancpain fits both those requisites in one timepiece. Ever since they introduced their first watch with a tourbillon and carrousel, back in 2013, that some folks are still scratching their heads. What we have here is the symbiosis of two timekeeping regulators coming together to form the designated 2322V2 caliber movement.


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The carousel was originally invented by Bonniksen, back in 1892 and is similar to the tourbillon, although this complication is powered by a small gear, instead of the cage rotating around a fixed second’s wheel. So, both these movements are individually powered, by their own barrel, which facilitates their joint placement. View the video below for a visual comprehension of this complicated mechanism.

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The 47mm case is made of platinum with a brushed finish and breaks away from the traditional round shapes used by Blancpain. Instead this models case seems to have lumps coming out of its key focal points at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions, attributing it with a unique design. Quite an innovated form all around even for the bezel. The lugs also contribute to these uncommon angles and provide a slick integration between the case and strap.


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Once we turn this timepiece around we are presented with an exhibition caseback, which allows us to see the inner working movements and all its gears and purple colored hexagonal shaped screws. There is an added power reserve indicator on its back towards the flipside 7 o’clock position. Also engraved on the case is the Blancpain logo and the specific number for each model out of this limited edition series.


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This dial has been designed with multiple levels, as a skeletonized dial revealing an open worked movement. It exhibits applied hour index markers and the 3, 6, 9 and 12 Arabic numerals. Then we can marvel at the tourbillon and its rotating cage carrying the escapement and balance wheel, which is seen at the 5 o’clock position. It has undergone a frosted finish and a NAC coating, which consists of a galvanic process that renders a dark color on the exposed bridges and base plate.


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Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel

This “Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel” (Ref#: 92322-34B39-55B) is powered by a manual-winding mechanical movement, caliber 2322V2, with 68 jewels and 350 components. It features two mainspring barrels, a glucydur free sprung balance with gold regulation screws and the tourbillon carrousel. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 168 hours (7 days) and water-resistance can reach up to 30m (98 feet). Mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap with a platinum buckle. This timepiece is a limited edition of only 50 produced watches.


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Written by Mauro Az