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The most challenging aspect to creating Blancpain’s latest horological achievement was not its highly complicated movement, but it was constructing the diamond baguette dial. The $1.5 million 40mm Leman Tourbillon required the construction of a special case set with 242 matching baguette diamonds cut to fit together perfectly, and the dial is composed of 115 invisibly-set baguette diamonds. The dial’s parquet pattern required an incredibly complex system of rails to hold the stones from below, and an exacting order for mounting each of them—a demanding puzzle you may not fully appreciate for the sparkle it generates. (877.520.1735, www.blancpain.com

?James D. Malcolmson

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