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Bianchet Launch Flying Toubillon Sport GMT to Rival Richard Mille

Bianchet Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT

A tonneau case made from titanium and carbon fibre equipped with an haute horology movement. From that description many people would assume we’re talking about Richard Mille, currently the most famous watch brand producing modern, urban sports watches such as the RM 21-02. However, they are far from the only brand in that niche of the industry. Bianchet are also building their reputation with an impressive (if small) range of watches – and with the launch of the new Bianchet Flying Toubillon Sport GMT, the gap between them and Richard Mille is smaller than ever.

Starting with the case, there are two versions of the Flying Toubillon Sport GMT being produced. There’s a full carbon fibre version and a hybrid carbon fibre and titanium edition. Much as you’d expect, the full carbon one features the characteristic stripes of the material across its entire case including the bezel whereas the titanium one has a metallic bezel and caseback. Both versions measure 43mm x 53mm x 14.35mm giving them plenty of presence on the wrist.

Bianchet Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT
Bianchet Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT

It’s also worth noting that between the two case options, there are six colours to choose from. On the carbon model there’s white, olive, red and blue and the titanium is limited to just red and blue. The signature colour of each can be found on the rubber strap, crown grip, the centre band of the case and the hands. On specific carbon versions such as the red, the colours also make their way to the 3D globe of the GMT function at 12 o’clock on the dial. My favourite is the carbon case with blue accents because it has the most realistic globe thanks to its blue oceans.

The dial is pretty spectacular too. It’s skeletonised with arching bridges and visible gear trains and mechanisms, giving it a very urban and architectural look. As already mentioned, at 12 o’clock is the GMT part of the Flying Toubillon Sport GMT, allowing you to keep track of multiple time zones at the same time. The globe itself rotates with the 24-hour hand along the 24-hour scale with day-night indication, making it perfect for globetrotters.

Bianchet Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT

As for the other part of the watch’s name, the flying tourbillon is found below the central hands at 6 o’clock. Tourbillons are designed to increase a watch’s accuracy by offsetting the effects of gravity on the escapement by rotating constantly. Being a ‘flying’ tourbillon means that it is suspended from beneath, giving it the illusion of floating in place as it spins. It’s one of the most strikingly visual devices in horology, hence its wide popularity.

The movement powering both the GMT function and tourbillon is a manual-wind movement with 90-hour power reserve and adjusted in six positions. The components are sourced from several Swiss manufactures but it’s assembled and finished in-house by Bianchet. The main plate, bridges and tourbillon cage are all made from titanium and it’s finished with a combination of sand-blasting and satin brushing with bevelled edges.

Bianchet Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT
Bianchet Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT

In terms of price, it’s difficult to describe the Flying Toubillon Sport GMT’s true value. On one hand, at CHF 75’500 (approx. £66,800) it is without question an expensive watch. However, on the other hand, it’s basically half the price of a Richard Mille so it’s also a great entry level watch for this type of extremely high-end horology that utilises amazing mechanics alongside cutting-edge materials.

Price and Specs:

Model: Bianchet Flying Tourbillon Sport GMT
Case: 43mm width x 51mm length x 14.35mm thickness, titanium dust high density carbon with black DLC coating, titanium or titanium dust high density carbon with black DLC coating bezel and caseback
Dial: Skeletonised
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Bianchet in-house flying tourbillon, manual winding
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 90h
Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon, GMT
Strap: Natural vulcanised rubber with titanium folding clasp
Price: CHF 75,500 (approx. £66,800), limited to 100 pieces annually

More details at Bianchet.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.