Blancpain There has never been a quartz Blancpain and there never will be FOUNDED IN: 1735 (by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain) PRICE: €6,500 – €95,000 It is the world’s oldest watchmaking brand. Despite huge challenges in the history of watchmaking the company has never shifted away from mechanical watch production, even if it meant selling part of its assets at some point. INTERESTING STORY One of the most complicated mechanical watch “Blanckpain 1735” contains a tourbillon, minute repeater, perpetual calendar and split chrono. Production is limited to 30 pieces only, and… it takes a year to assemble.