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Blancpain Air Command

SKU
AC02-36B40-63A
£25,500.00

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Specification

  • Case material:Rose Gold Case
  • Case size:42.5mm, thickness: 13.77mm
  • Movement:Automatic
  • Features:Water Resistance up to 3 Bar, Blue Calfskin Strap, Pin Buckle Clasp, Flyback Chronograph, Chronograph Totaliser, Tachometer
  • Bracelet/Strap:Leather
  • Dial:Blue Dial
  • Warranty:Two Year International Manufacture Warranty

Product Details

Combining a resolutely vintage style with Blancpain's latest technical advances, the Air Command collection revives the history linking the Maison to 1950s military aviation.

In keeping with their forerunner, renowned as the most sought-after military chronograph of its time, the Air Command models are distinguished by their sophisticated design and offer two separate timekeeping features: a flyback chronograph function, and a countdown bezel.  

In the 1950s, the United States Air Force was looking for a high-precision chronograph capable of meeting demanding specifications. Blancpain, which had already won over the American Navy with its Fifty Fathoms diver's watch, drew inspiration from it to develop a chronograph for the US Air Force. This timepiece was offered to American military pilots through the distributor Allen V. Tornek, for whom Blancpain is thought to have created a dozen watches as prototypes. The total production of Air Command chronographs was probably very limited.

Blancpain's new Air Command, which is joining the eponymous collection, fully reflects the spirit of the vintage pilot's watch. It features a flyback chronograph and a countdown-type rotating bezel. The flyback function is a valuable element for pilots, as it enables them in a single press to reset the current timing operation and start a new one while the chronograph is running.

With a conventional chronograph, each new measurement requires three presses – on two separate pushers – to stop, reset and restart the mechanism. The purpose of the countdown bezel is to indicate the time remaining until the destination is reached. Its numerals or hour-markers run counter-clockwise, unlike those on the bezel of a diver's watch. The Blancpain Air Command also has a tachymeter scale indicating ground speeds, a 30-minute counter with three elongated markers marking three-minute increments and a 12-hour counter.

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