Blancpain The transformations of the L-evolution
The L-evolution R models are authentic driver’s watches: sporty, technical and slim. They complement the more complicated, precious and not quite so light L-evolution range.
The cases are sized like the previous generations, but the smoothly rounded design features a back that is narrower than the bezel, creating receding lines that slim down the watch and especially the sense of volume it exudes. The case are made in steel or titanium, with the latter given a ceramised surface treatment reminding us that titanium was a forerunner of this highly scratch-resistant material. The lugs are hollowed to lighten up the watch both literally and figuratively. The L-evolution R range centres around a flyback chronograph with a large twin-aperture date display, one of Blancpain’s specialities. There is also an extremely technical split-second variation and another more affordable one with ‘just’ the twin-aperture large date indication.
All the models feature dials in carbon fibre sourced from the same supplier as Lamborghini, and above all a distinctive and dynamic font for the Arabic numerals featuring multiple segments similar to those on a digital alarm clock. They set the perfect finishing touch to giving L-evolution R watches a track-ready look. While the family likeness between the L-evolution and their counterparts with the extra R is not readily discernible, this matters little, since it is after all only a name. The watches themselves have their own specific appeal and a sophisticated ergonomic design that makes them easy to wear, even on a small wrist. Thus endowed with comfort, a consistent design approach and carefully executed finishes, they have definitely earned their spot on the starting grid.
Blancpain is the archetypal Manufacture: with a watchmaking heritage dating back several centuries, it has successfully preserved its watchmaking tradition, whilst welcoming a spirit of innovation.Find out more >
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