Bianchet is a new horological independent watchmaker founded by Rodolfo and Emmanuelle Festa Bianchet, located in the Neuchatel area. Following a career in Fintech, the Festa Bianchet couple embarked on a new entrepreneurial project, following their passion and desire to create their own watches. On the occasion of the Geneva Watch Days, we were able to meet them and take a look at their first creation, the Bianchet Tourbillon B1.618 Openwork.
When presenting his first horological creation, Rodolfo Festa Bianchet immediately mentions his love for tonneau-shaped watches and his fascination for the work of the Italian mathematician Fibonacci and for the Golden Ratio (1.618). Their idea was to create a modern timepiece, applying the golden ratio to design not only the case (and its profile) but also the movement (shaping the different bridges).
The couple ended up creating the B1.618, an openwork sports tourbillon in a modern 43mm x 50mm tonneau case with colour accents catching the eye. The watch is 100% Swiss made and interestingly, they even acquired a CNC to make case prototypes, truly willing to learn the trade by doing… Presented as resistant to shocks of up to an impressive 6,000G, the Tourbillon B1.618 Openwork is offered in two limited editions of 21 pieces each.
The titanium version features red vulcanized rubber lines and a matching colour crown. The second version comes in a composite of carbon fibres and titanium particles that shimmer with their own reflections. It is highlighted with blue rubber lines and accents. With the metal used for the components and case, the titanium version weighs in at less than 55 grams. The carbon version weighs 33 grams without the bracelet. The water resistance is 5ATM/50m and 3ATM/30m respectively. Both watches come on an integrated vulcanized rubber strap extending the case curvature and closed with a grade 5 titanium pin buckle.
The hand-wound calibre is a skeletonized tourbillon featuring intertwined bridges whose shapes have also been inspired by the golden ratio. A proprietary movement, it was developed with Olivier Mory (BCP Tourbillons in La Chaux-de-Fonds). Ticking at 21,600 vibrations/hour, the balance wheel features adjustment weights. When the barrel is fully wound, the power reserve is of over 4 days at approx. 105 hours. The watch can be delivered with a COSC certificate upon request.
The Bianchet Tourbillon B1.618 Openwork comes with a 5-year warranty. Price is set at CHF 44,500 for the titanium version and CHF 46,500 for the carbon-titanium composite version (prices excl. taxes). Taking a look at these two first creations, it was hard not to think that these have “Richard Mille vibes”. But some of the Bianchet couple future projects we could see go in a quite different direction. For now, if you are looking for a sports Tourbillon, these would be interesting options to take a look at and go hands-on with, if only just to check it out in person.
For more information, please visit www.bianchet.com.