August 9, 2011

Blancpain Leman Grande Date Flyback Chronograph Review

Blancpain Leman Grande Date Flyback Chronograph Watch Review
  The Blancpain Leman Grande Date Flyback Chronograph ref 2885F-11B30B-53B is a new favorite for W&R. A cleaned up and more simplistic layout compared to it’s direct variant, the Flyback Chronograph ref # 2885F-1130-53B. First, let's review what a flyback function, since often there is some confusion on what a flyback complication actually does. Flyback is in reference to using the chronograph function, specifically the pushers. With a standard chronograph function the two pushers are pushed 4 total separate times to start, stop, reset, and start again. A flyback function differs in that the pusher can be pressed to start and with another single push the chronograph stops, resets, and begins again. This effectively eliminates 2 additional pushes with the common chronograph. Very cool. Originally geared for pilots to quickly stop timing and immediately reset without loss of time. For the die hard chronograph fans, a flyback complication is a grail watch.
  The brilliant black dial is set into a brushed stainless steel case, further complimented by a rubber lined alligator strap. As the name suggest, a grande date is located at the 6 o’clock position. Blancpain’s use of only two subdials was great choice, adding to the overall clean, uncluttered dial. Keeping the Grande Date Flyback Chronograph Powered is Blancpain's automatic 69F8 movement. An exhibition sapphire case back exposes the 69F8 that is made up of 382 components, including 42 jewels. A classic for years to come.

Pros - Flyback, in-house movement, exhibition case back, beautifully crafted 

Consideration - A little on the small side now a days, 42mm might be the sweet spot

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40mm
Bezel: Fixed
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Black Alligator
Movement: 69F8 
Power Reserve: 38 hrs
Water Resistant: 100m
Lug Width: 22mm


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