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Unveiling Bianchet’s Horological Marvel: The B1.618 Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT

The new Bianchet Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT boasts a tonneau case meticulously engineered to mirror the exact dimensions of its Grand Date predecessor....

In the year 2021, Bianchet, a distinguished brand rooted in family tradition and independence, unveiled its inaugural masterpiece, the B1.618 Tourbillon Openworked. This remarkable timepiece, limited in edition, not only marked a significant milestone for Bianchet but also laid the cornerstone for its distinctive design ethos. Expanding upon this foundation, the brand introduced subsequent releases, including the illustrious B1.618 Grande Date, and most recently, the highly anticipated B1.618 Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT. True to its appellation, the latest addition to Bianchet’s repertoire, the Sport GMT, caters to the dynamic needs of modern travelers with its dual-time GMT complication.

Crafted with precision, the new Bianchet Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT boasts a tonneau case meticulously engineered to mirror the exact dimensions of its Grand Date predecessor. Measuring 43mm in width, 51mm in length, and 14.35mm in thickness, this timepiece is engineered to endure shocks of up to 5000G and is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters. Discerning connoisseurs can opt between two variants: the carbon case, a fusion of high-density carbon and titanium powder, weighing a mere 55g, or the hybrid version tipping the scales at 61g, featuring a carbon middle case complemented by a titanium bezel and caseback. Both iterations showcase a polished titanium crown adorned with a colored rubber ring, flanked by two natural vulcanized rubber gaskets, a signature Bianchet touch epitomizing the golden ratio proportion. The Sport GMT case is crowned with glare-proof sapphire crystals adorning both its front and back facets.

The dial of the Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT serves as a testament to Bianchet’s avant-garde design philosophy. Exhibiting an ultra-contemporary allure while adhering to the principles of the golden ratio, the dial hosts an intricate openworked design as its canvas. This architectural marvel provides the perfect backdrop for the centrally positioned hour and minute hands, harmoniously synchronized with the rubber accents adorning the case and strap.

Encircling the periphery of the dial lies a minute track, punctuated by luminescent hour indices, ensuring effortless time-reading even in dimly lit environs. Positioned atop the dial is a 24-hour subdial for reference time, animated by a rotating globe synchronized with the hour hand. At the 6 o’clock mark, the flying tourbillon takes center stage, its ball-bearing mounted cage accentuated with hand-applied lacquer, paying homage to horological heritage. Adding a touch of practicality, a crown function indicator positioned at 8 o’clock streamlines user experience, simplifying tasks such as winding and setting both local and reference time, thus ensuring seamless operation.

Powering the Bianchet Sport GMT is a proprietary hand-wound openworked movement housing the flying 60-second tourbillon. Operating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, this movement offers a commendable autonomy of 90 hours. The movement’s titanium main plate and bridges showcase sandblasted and satin-brushed finishes, with meticulous hand-beveling on titanium components, exemplifying the brand’s commitment to unrivaled craftsmanship.

The Bianchet Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT debuts with six distinct references, each a testament to individuality and refinement. The carbon case variant is offered with accents in white, blue, red, or green, with the rotating globe available in blue, red, or grey. Meanwhile, the hybrid case model boasts blue or red rubber accents and handset, with the globe presented in grey. Each reference is paired with a vulcanized natural rubber strap, meticulously matched to the dial accents, secured by a titanium folding clasp, and accompanied by an additional black rubber strap for added versatility. Priced at CHF 75,500 (excl. taxes).

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