Blancpain Leman Flyback Chronograph (Ref. 2185F)
In 1983, after Blancpain's brush with death caused by the quartz crisis, the company name was purchased by Jean-Claude Biver – The president of Louis Vuitton's watchmaking division – and Jacques Piguet, the son of Fréderic Piguet and the director of Piguet's movement manufacturer. This business move, along with the company's aim to revive mechanical watchmaking after the crisis, was the beginning of the Blancpain revival. Blancpain decided to re-introduce some of its famed complications instead of reducing costs to try and save the company. And we're all luckier for it because we got beauties like this Flyback Chronograph out of it.
|Leman Flyback Chronograph
|2pc Blancpain Leather Strap W/ Blancpain Deployant Clasp
The Blancpain Flyback features a beautifully designed 38 millimeter case in stainless steel. The case shows signs light wear but overall is in excellent condition. It shows off a gorgeous stepped bezel and short, thick lugs, giving it a fantastic wearing profile. The watch includes a screw down caseback and is worn on a Blancpain leather strap with signed deployant clasp.
The dial is multilayered and eccentric. The black surface picks up light in a wide variety of ways depending on the section you are looking at due to multiple levels of finishing. The dial features beautifully patinated, long and broad tritium filled hands to match wide set numerals, which have also begun to stunningly age. With the red tip of the chronograph hand acting as the cherry on top, this Blancpain Flyback has every ounce of what you could want and none of what you don't.