(Featured) Blancpain Le Brassus 45mm Carrousel Répétition Minutes Chronographe Flyback (2358-3631-55B): Review

Rating

9.5 Price
10 Power Source
10 Design
10 Functionality
10 Overall Quality
9.9

The men’s luxury timepieces of the “Le Brassus” Collection by Blancpain are truly marvelous pieces of art — the Carrousel Répétition Minutes Chronographe Flyback is, in our opinion, the crown jewel of the collection. While this particular model does not have the diamond bezel that another does, the sheer quality of this Chronograph, the incredible design, the whimsical functionality, and the warm materials used, make this Blancpain a must-have.

Brand: Blancpain
Type: Carrousel Répétition Minutes Chronographe Flyback
Model: 2358-3631-55B
Purchase Link: http://www.jomashop.com/blancpain-watch-2358-3631-55b.html
Blancpain Link: http://www.blancpain.com/en/watch/2358-3631-55b  

 

Size/Specs/Design

If this Blancpain from the Le Brassus Collection does not impress you, we’re not sure any Swiss timepiece will. Whether skeletonized timepieces are your cup of tea, the 45mm Carrousel Répétition Minutes Chronographe Flyback may just become an exception for you.

Technical Specifications and Features:

  • Case Size: 45mm
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Movement: Self-winding
  • Calibre: 2358
  • Jewels: 59
  • Complications: Carrousel, Minute Repeater, Flyback Chronograph
  • Case Material: 18ct Red Gold
  • Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire
  • Case Thickness: 17.80mm
  • Between Horns: 23mm
  • Case Back: Sapphire
  • Bezel: Fixed
  • Bezel Material: 18ct Red Gold
  • Dial Type: Analog
  • Dial Color: White grand feu enamel
  • Dial Features:
  • Band Type: Strap
  • Band Material: Alligator (lined with alzavel)
  • Band Color: Medium Brown
  • Clasp: Folding
  • Functions and Features:
  • Technical Data / Specificities: Cathedral Gong, Breguet Overcoil, Central 30-Minute Counter, Secured Movement
  • Power Reserve: 65 Hours
  • Water Resistance: 3 BAR / 3 ATM
Front View: Blancpain Calibre 2358

Power Source

This stunning Blancpain of the Le Brassus collection is more than beauty — this timepiece embodies the spirit of 1735 and features an automatic mechanical movement that is as gorgeous and functional as you could ever hope for.

Featuring a self-winding mechanical movement, this Blancpain uses a calibre 2358, which offers a flyback chronograph, minute repeater, and a carrousel. With 59 jewels and a total of 543 components, this delicate automatic will give you 65 hours of power reserve, which is quite excellent.

Back View: Blancpain Calibre 2358
  • Movement: Self-winding mechanical movement
  • Calibre 2358
  • Jewels: 59
  • Power Reserve: 65 Hours
  • Components: 543
  • Calibre Thickness: 11.70mm
  • Calibre Diameter: 32.80mm
  • Breguet overcoil
  • Secured movement
  • Glucydur free sprung balance with gold regulation screws
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Open view of carrousel, chronograph column wheel, and minute repeater hammers

The Good

We will definitely be getting to main design in a moment, but while we’re on the subject of the calibre 2358 self-winding movement, we have to talk about the fact that you can view this stunning movement through the full-size Sapphire case backing. Even the casing around the back case Sapphire window is rounded and polished to a 18ct Red Gold mirrored finish.

Sapphire case back, transparent

Around the 17.80mm thick 18ct Red Gold case is a wonderfully rounded design that reminds you of a pocketwatch of the 18th century. The front of this timepiece is absolutely gorgeous. The 18ct Red Gold shines from the 45mm case, the fixed and polished bezel, the crown and push buttons, the minute repeater pusher, and the main dial hands.

The white grand feu enamel dial is beautiful and elegant — viewed behind a Sapphire crystal, the design of this Swiss piece really comes to life. What makes the watch face really work is the combination of the white enamel dial and the dedication using 18ct Red Gold throughout the timepiece.

Along the outer rim of the partially skeletonized dial is the white enamel with black Roman Numerals signifying the hours. Interestingly, the 4 o’clock Roman Numeral is displayed as “IIII” as opposed to “IV,” which is actually a wonderful design. There are additional markings such as millisecond markings around the outer rim and a central 30 minute counter in Arabic Numerals.

The center of the dial is largely skeletonized, and you can view the mechanical movement within the case. The use of Red Gold through the movement is perfect — it matches the polished 18ct Red Gold of the 45mm case as well as the Red Gold of the main dial hands. The center dial features not only your traditional three-hand display, but an additional thin, red-tipped hand for the minute repeater.

As if viewing the hundreds of wheels and components of the movement wasn’t already gorgeous, at the 6 o’clock position lies the skeletonized carrousel (essentially, a two-gear tourbillon). With gears beneath the Sapphire that reminds us of watchmaking tradition with a warm design, we’d like to call this complication the ‘carrousel of fire.’

To finish off the watch, Blancpain added a medium brown color alligator strap lined with alzavel.

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The Bad

This Blancpain is near perfect. It would be impossible to find any imperfections to this timepiece, from design to function. If we were to choose an area to improve on, it would be the water resistance rating. This Blancpain should be treated like a baby, but with a water resistant rating of only 5 BAR (5 ATM), we would feel more comfortable if this watch featured a 10 ATM / 10 Bar rating.

We do understand, however, that with the skeletonized case backing, this luxury watch is not necessarily built for this kind of resistance.

Functionality

Technically speaking, this watch features a central 30-minute counter, a secured movement, a Breguet overcoil, and a cathedral gong. The carrousel is beautiful and fully functional, and the flyback chronograph and minute repeater are the perfect complications for this piece.

The self-winding mechanical automatic movement offers a 65 hour power reserve and uses its 543 components extremely well.

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The Highlights

We may be biased, but this Blancpain is a highlight upon itself. Not only are we impressed with the design of this piece and the use of 18ct Red Gold and beautiful Sapphire crystal, but the calibre 2358 self-winding mechanical is something to behold.

The Carrousel

While the tourbillon is well-known complication among watch aficionados, its lesser-known cousin, the carrousel, is often left in the dark. This Blancpain uses this complication, which uses similar methods as a tourbillon, as it compensates for gravity in a balance wheel.

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Closeup of the carrousel (which looks similar to a tourbillon) at the 6 o’clock position

As Blancpain’s preferred rotating regulation system, Blancpain decided a few years ago that the tourbillon was too common and that they wanted to elevate their brand with something other luxury timepieces were not using. The difference between a tourbillon and carrousel is not likely to be obvious, even among watch experts — this is because the difference is technical rather than an obvious functional difference — and only Blancpain pushes the difference between the two complications.

Here it is simply: the tourbillon runs via a single gear train all the way to the escape wheel — thi uses a fixed fourth wheel (running seconds, typically) upon which it makes its rotation. This spins the cage as it goes along. The carrousel runs two gear trains, the first form the mainspring to the escape wheel like a normal watch, the second runs through the third wheel with additional gers to turn the cage sitting on a platform that is geared to rotate.

While the purpose of a carrousel and tourbillon are the same, if you appreciate something new and the technological part of complications, then the use of this complication may be appreciated by you more than the typical collector.

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Pricing

This Blancpain retails for $449,600, but you can purchase this model brand new and unworn for $332,704 at Jomashop.

Jomashop lists this watch as “Rose Gold” and featuring a Tourbillon; however, according to Blancpain’s specs (seen in the link below), this watch is 18ct. Red Gold, technically, and even though it is a technical difference, this watch has a carrousel not a tourbillon. Everything else in the Jomashop listing is correct, however, and the retailer is a renowned and trustworthy seller.

View the Timepiece from Blancpain: http://www.blancpain.com/en/watch/2322-3631-55b

Jomashop Purchase Link: http://www.jomashop.com/blancpain-watch-2358-3631-55b.html

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