In true racing style, Blancpain have released the new L-Evolution R Flyback Chronograph. This new chronograph really evokes the spirit of a high performance sports cars. I love the contrast and the details, but it’s a little over the top for me, however I can see how some Formula 1 fans will like this watch.
This is not your typical classic Blanpain watch by any means. This is a modern day, high performance machine, constructed out of carbon fiber and 18kwg for the 43 mm satinized case.
This watch features a flyback function, split-seconds and big date complications. Everything on the dial is clean, bold and legible, but I feel it’s very overpowered by carbon fiber. especially the dial and bezel. The Arabic numerals of 12 and 9 are big and almost cartoon like, but give the dial contrast, depth and character all at the same time. The movement can be seen through the wheel engraved case back.
The movement is the Swiss automatic Blancpain in-house caliber 69F9 with 44 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 40 hours, while the strap is 23mm, and made of alcantara with carbon fiber weaving and is fitted on a carbon fiber deployant. The watch has sapphire crystals front and back, and has a water resistance of 100 meters.