Blancpain - Innovation is our Tradition
Founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, the watch brand bearing his name is the oldest in the world. Blancpain is committed to the renewal of mechanical watchmaking and to passing on exceptional expertise from one generation to the next through constant investment in human resources, production facilities and research. This approach is its strength and the expression of Blancpain’s long-term vision, even though it goes against the tide of a certain tendency to seek immediate profit. From the creation of components through to watch design, Blancpain is distinguished by its ability to develop exceptional movements. Over the past ten years, Blancpain has indeed developed no less than 34 new calibres.
Through its various models, Blancpain preserves its heritage of precision and elegance, while also displaying an innovative and occasionally provocative spirit. Its range encompasses the sportive L-evolution line, the legendary Fifty Fathoms diver’s watch, as well as the classic Villeret collection, the high complication from Le Brassus collection and the Women models.
Blancpain, as an official partner of the British GT Championship, is naming partner of the Blancpain Driver Trophy Classification, which adds incentive amongst the series’ less experienced GT3 drivers to prove their worth against their peer group.
At every event there is a Blancpain Driver of the Weekend Award, the winner of which is presented with a Blancpain wall clock. Those drivers who won a clock in 2017 were:
Jon Minshaw (Barwell Motorsport - Lamborghini)
Lee Mowle (AmDtuning.com – Mercedes AMG)
Liam Griffin (Barwell Motorsport – Lamborghini)
Rick Parfitt (Team Parker Racing – Bentley)
Ian Loggie (Team Parker Racing – Bentley)
Mark Farmer (TF Sport – Aston Martin)
Derek Johnston (TF Sport – Aston Martin)
Team Parker Racing’s Rick Parfitt was crowned 2017 British GT Champion and also became the Blancpain Driver Trophy winner. It was for the latter that he was presented with an engraved Blancpain 8885 S timepiece at the end-of-season SRO Prize Giving ceremony in Paris.
The Blancpain 8885 S is an impressive reward for Parfitt’s season-long efforts. At the heart of the sophisticated and performance-oriented case lies the mechanical self-winding Calibre F185 movement. This calibre is endowed with a 40-hour power reserve and comprises 308 parts, while the unmistakable black dial is distinguished by two red and white 9 and 12 o’clock numerals. This model is teamed with a strap in alcantara secured by a steel folding clasp.