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Fifty Fathoms, Rotomatic Incabloc
Jehan-Jacques Blancpain made his first watches in 1735, at his workshop in Villeret, in the Saint-Imier valley. The first Blancpain factory was established by his great-nephew, Frédéric-Emile, in 1815, again in Villeret. The company remained in the family until Frédéric-Emile's death in 1932, after which production continued as Rayville SA. In 1982 the company was bought by Jean-Claude Biver and Jacques Piguet, then in 1992 by SMH, now Swatch Group. Since 2002, Marc A. Hayek is Blancpain's President and CEO.
1926 Production of the first self-winding wristwatch based on John Harwood's patent.
1953 Fifty Fathoms, the first modern diving watch, water-resistant to 91 metres, was worn by French Navy divers and by Jacques Cousteau while shooting "The Silent World", winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.
1956 Creation of the Ladybird, whose 15.3mm diameter made it the smallest round movement of its time.
1983 Smallest moon-phases display, indicating the date, day, month and moon phases. Renaissance of the mechanical moon-phases watch.
1987 Smallest minute-repeater movement of its time.
1987 Thinnest self-winding chronograph of its time.
1988 Thinnest split-seconds chronograph of its time.
1989 First self-winding split-seconds chronograph.
1989 Thinnest flying tourbillon wristwatch of its time with an eight-day power reserve.
1990 Creation of six watches with identical cases, each corresponding to one of the Six Masterpieces leading to the grade of Master-watchmaker:
Full calendar and moon phases
1991 Presentation of the 1735 grande complication watch with all six "masterpiece" complications. Produced as a limited edition of 30, this self-winding watch was the most complicated ever made at that time.
1993 Minute-repeater watch with automata.
1998 First ladies' flyback chronograph
1998 First self-winding tourbillon with an eight-day power reserve.
1999 First movement with an automatic winding split-seconds chronograph combined with flyback and tourbillon.
2000 First self-winding tourbillon and perpetual calendar with an eight-day power reserve.
2004 First wristwatch with running equation.
2005 New patented system of under-lug correctors.
2005 Thinnest hand-wound perpetual calendar watch of its time.
2006 Launch of the Blancpain Women collection.
2006 Blancpain patented the "rail effect" stone-setting technique.
2006 Tourbillon Semainier, an unprecedented combination of complications with a seven-day power reserve.
2006 The 13R0 hand-wound base movement with three barrels for an eight-day power reserve, and bi-directional rapid date-change mechanism.
2007 The new Sport collection comprising the Fifty Fathoms Automatic, Flyback Chronograph and Tourbillon.
2007 Automatic calibre 1315 with three barrels, glucydur balance with micrometric regulating screws, five-day power reserve and instant date change in both directions.
2008 First movement with a one-minute flying karussel and 100-hour power reserve.