Blancpain’s Elegant Ladybird Experiences A Natural Evolution
Introduced in 1956, the Swiss manufacture’s leading ladies’ collection introduces small-seconds and moon phase functions, as well as a suite of nature-inspired colours.
Here, women’s watches are far removed from being an afterthought—vastly disparate to the ‘pink it and shrink it’ mentality adopted by some—with the atelier the first to debut an automatic ladies’ wristwatch in 1930.
Today, Blancpain’s Ladybird collection – first introduced in 1956 by Betty Fiechter, the first woman to helm a watch manufacture — fuses mechanical watchmaking with gemsetting prowess to create wearable works of art.
Peerless in its ability to interlace contemporary tastes with refined, timeless design, the latest releases in the pioneering line sees the introduction of small seconds and moon phase complications, each dressed in an array of playful new colour combinations. Both iterations also see a striking mother-of-pearl dial set with 70 diamonds.
Each of the newcomers swap out Arabic numerals for Roman – each asymmetrically sized to create a visual harmony with the small seconds and moon phase subdials. The offset numerals are underscored by an inner ring set with subtly tapering diamonds, which contributes onto the small seconds and moon phase subdials.
Inspired by the colours of the creatures for which the collection draws its name, the new shades—midnight blue, peacock green, forest green, lilac, and turquoise—inform the Roman numeral markers as well as the colour-matched strap, each timepiece encased by either rose or white gold.
The new Ladybird Colours models are defined by balanced proportions of 34.9mm set with 58 diamonds— approximately 2 carats — resulting in a case of what Blancpain aptly deems, “jewellery [bringing] out the magic of mechanical watchmaking.”
Keeping the newcomers beating is the calibre 1163 (small seconds) and calibre 1163L (moon phase). Equipped with a boastful four-day power reserve, the Blancpain Ladybird Colours collection proves as accurate as it is stylish. While the striking dial is the star of the show, the caseback hold appeal—the sapphire glass revealing a gold oscillating weight (matched to the case colour) and which features openworked patterns that echo the dial’s design.
A fitting evolution of a sumptuous and impressive heritage collection, the Ladybird Colours offer a sophisticated take on horological jewellery.
Subscribe to the Newsletter
Recommended for you
Celebs pulled out all the horological stops for the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
November 27, 2023
The timepieces have a romance and history to them that few others can match.
By Bryan Hood
November 21, 2023