Blancpain One Minute Flying Carrousel
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WORLD FIRST: BLANCPAIN CARROUSEL VOLANT UNE MINUTE
Blancpain once again displays its innovative strength by presenting the first ever movement
Whereas very few brands in 1989 fully mastered the creation of classical tourbillons, Blancpain
Like the tourbillon, the carrousel counteracts and neutralises the effects of deceleration and acceleration of the balance wheel caused by the gravitational attraction of the Earth. The balance wheel and escapement, the regulating organs of a watch, are influenced by gravity when they are positioned vertically. But when rotated by a tourbillon or a carrousel, they pass through all vertical positions in succession, cancelling out these inaccuracies.
A tourbillon consists of a rotating carriage; a carrousel, in contrast, consists of a platform on which the balance wheel and its bridge go round like a wooden horse on a merry-go-round, the reason for its name.
Blancpain has achieved a world first by reviving this complication, almost forgotten for more than a century, and using it in a wristwatch. Incidentally, the carrousel from the Manufacture of Le Brassus is the first to have a carriage that completes one revolution in exactly one minute.
To allow the owner to admire this ingenious system, the carrousel is visible through an opening in the dial at 12 o’clock. A refined presentation shows off this elegant mechanism, one of whose bridges takes the form of a hand displaying the seconds.