Another breathtaking timepiece from Blancpain, the Women Jour Nuit Watch. This feminine beauty is powered with the in-house exclusive caliber 1163 which incorporates two retrograde indications. The exquisite finishing and decoration is impeccable for this movement and the winding rotor decorated with the sun motif, moon and stars is just spectacular. The firmament has been enlarged so the view is enhanced through the sapphire case back.
The timepiece is housed in an 18k red gold case that sits at 40mm in diameter and about 12mm thick. The elegance of the case is identified with a bezel that boasts two spiral shaped rows of 140 diamonds and a stunning mother of pearl dial that is divided into three parts on four levels. The way the height is differentiated creates an illusion of depth on the timepiece. The masterfully crafted dial comprises the moon with 50 diamonds, the sun created with 50 yellow sapphires, and several other yellow mother of pearl dots and 14 other diamonds on the dial represent the stars.
The day/night disk turns twice a day, with each rotational change taking place over 4 minutes as the decoration takes over to present the details of this remarkable masterpiece. The Blancpain Women Jour Nuit Watch as mentioned has the two retrograde indications, the seconds and hours, and are combined with the minute hand. The level of horological brilliance in this timepiece is clear with the details on the mother of pearl material laid onto the levels, placed on a base of German silver which becomes thinner with each level and extrememly fragile. The diamonds on the bezel total 2.257 carats.
The artistic techniques and talents it took to create this timepiece are simply amazing. The la decalque, which is the deposit of material, the le champlevé, which is the contour forms used in the relief areas, and le marquetage, which is the integration of superimposed motifs in the mother of pearl. The gradations in the color of blue which is created by deposits on the mother of pearl, is what achieves the change from day to night. As the minute is displayed with the a regulator hand it sweeps over the circle of rotation, and as it finishes the 60 minute march the seconds hand is retrograding, simply put it progresses along its arc and then returns instantly to the point of departure to start again.
The Blancpain Women Jour Nuit Watch design allows for smooth movement and vibration free, just another example of perfection by this brand. The setting of the time and disk are independent and the setting of hours and minutes by the crown disconnects the indication from the running train of the watch.
The brand signature design elements are what set this timepiece apart and give it a place of prestige on any wrist. The movement is composed of 372 components and 47 jewels, fitted on a white ostrich strap with matching 18k red gold buckle. Beautiful, elegant and sophisticated, this timepiece is one to have.