(Automatic winding Villeret Ultra-Slim in 18kt white gold @ USD 15,000. White opaline dial has white gold Roman numerals and 100 hour power reserve, with indicator. 40mm case is water resistant to 30 meters. Watch is on a black crocodile strap with an 18kt white gold tang buckle.)

Founded by Jehan-Jaques Blancpain in 1735 in Villeret, Switzerland, Blancpain is the world oldest watch brand. It is famous for being the creator of one of the most complicated mechanical watches ever made, the Blancpain 1735. A true grand complication (Tourbillon, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, split chrono), Blancpain 1735 is limited to one piece per year.

(Blancpain - Fifty Fathoms Concept 2000)

Blancpain is also well-known for its Fifty-Fathoms watch, selected by the United States Navy and worn by Jacques-Yves Cousteau in his award winning film. In 1984, Blancpain launched the world's smallest movement, followed shortly thereafter in 1989 by the launch of the world's thinnest movement.

(Blancpain - Fifty Fathoms Concept 2000)

Blancpain is currently owned by the Swatch Group. Nick Hayek, the son of Swatch Group's founder and chairman, Nicolas Hayek, is running Blancpain. Many watch collectors regard Blancpain timepieces as among the best in the world.

According to their commercial slogans, the company has never produced quartz watches in the past and has stated in its advertisements that it never will, nor have they ever produced watches with digital displays.