First launched during the 1950s, the Air Command collection by Blancpain was particularly created for the US Air Force and enjoyed a good fanbase for its durable and high-performance chronograph watches. Three years ago, the Swiss watchmaker reintroduced the range with the release of a limited-edition timepiece that became an instant hit. Buoyed by the success of the watch, Blancpain, a year later, expanded the collection with the launch of two more timepieces. Now they have yet again unveiled new Air Command watches that retain the overall design of their predecessors but come in a smaller size.
The new Blancpain watches are available in either 18K red gold or grade 23 titanium case and measure 36.2mm—the compact size is ideal for those with petite wrists. Featuring the satin-brushed and polished surfaces, the case offers a bi-directional bezel in blue that perfectly matches the dial. The display of the new Air Command watches is reminiscent of the original timepiece, consisting of two sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock positions, large Arabic numerals, luminous hands, and a series of scales on the periphery with a tachymeter scale. Blancpain has also given a sun-brushed finish to the display of the new Blancpain watches, making it even more alluring.
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The new Air Command watches are powered by the in-house self-winding calibre F188 that features a vertical clutch, ensuring stutter-free activation of the chronograph seconds hand, as well as smooth and optimal stop/start functions. Beating at the frequency of 21,600vph, the movement provides a power reserve of up to 40 hours and is equipped with a silicon balance spring and a column-wheel system. The new Blancpain watches have a transparent caseback through which we can admire the flawlessly finished calibre. Meanwhile, the timepieces are fashioned with a blue leather strap with off-white stitching and a pin buckle matching the case.
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