Gorgeous, just gorgeous. The new Blancpain Jour Nuit (“day night’) features a multi-layer mother-of-pearl dial that displays hours, minutes, retrograde seconds, and a rotating disc that depicts a gem-set night and day motif. It comes in a generous 40mm x 12mm red gold case with sapphire crystal display back for the nicely finished automatic mechanical Blancpain Cal 1163JN. A white gold model is also being produced.
The day/night disk turns twice per day, each rotational change taking place over approximately four minutes. The sun is made of 50 yellow sapphires; the moon, 50 diamonds (not pictured). There are 14 diamond stars and pearl cloud accents. And of course the stepped bezel which is also set with two rows of diamonds, 140 in total. The watch is fitted on an ostrich leather strap. Very pleasing on the eyes. Less pleasing on the pocketbook, at $51,500…the price to pay for such beauty and craftsmanship.