On October 11, 2017, Blancpain, a Swiss high-end watch brand, landed in Hangzhou with rare timepieces, gathered in five watchmaking processes, and opened a tour of Blancpain’s extraordinary craft watches. The exhibition will be held in the atrium on the first floor of Block D of Hangzhou Tower from October 22 to October 22, and watch lovers from all walks of life are welcome.
Since its birth in 1735, Blancpain has continued the traditional watchmaking methods in the Le Brassus large complex watchmaking workshop and has continued to improve, bringing rare watchmaking crafts such as gold carving, enamel, damascus gold inlay, red copper, and moving dolls to the rare Under the same roof, it is a well-deserved industry town.
‘Man, God, World’ Three Ultimate Propositions
Everything can be gathered in the square of the dial. The masters of Blancpain chose three eternal themes-people, gods, and the world as inspiration for watchmaking, and created a collection of works of art on the wrist.
People’s pastime and fun, rich and long-lasting feelings, are one of Blancpain’s most confident themes. Blancpain’s most famous event puppet minute repeater watch, with its exquisite gold movable joints, combines a vivid picture of the world-a man wielding a golf club, a lively view of the Spring Palace … With the three questions, the active puppet was given life and full of fun. Attentive gaze, there are people who can’t help thinking about the magic of life’s mystery. Blancpain’s micro-painted enamel haute couture watch ‘Liang Zhu’ series uses delicate figures to outline and tinge colors, showing the human empathy for the pursuit of free love and arousing humanity’s eternal watch over beauty.
Blancpain Three Questions Doll Golf Watch
God is another important proposition of Blancpain. Abandoning the absolute material concept and maintaining respect and yearning for unknown things represent Blancpain’s aesthetic attitude and heritage. Among the many works of Blancpain that show the posture of God, the Solitary Ganesha series is one of the best. Ganesha is the god of wealth and knowledge in Hinduism, symbolizing endless wisdom and wealth. Modified by multiple complicated craftsmanship, Blancpain’s ganesha eyes are half open, sitting or lying, exquisite and exquisite, showing the superb skills of craftsmen. In addition to exotic gods, Blancpain also has complex crafts such as Tamron and angels, which show the aesthetic style and religious meaning under different blood cultures.
Blancpain Villeret Classic Damascus Gold Dragon Watch / Two Red Copper Ganesha Watches
The composition of the world is distinguished and connected by different countries, regions and species. Blancpain is happy to present the most authentic types of culture, so that every cultural symbol deposited on the wrist belongs to it. At the Baselworld 2017, Blancpain launched three ‘Art Masters’ studio watches, based on the fierce ‘two cows fighting for the king’ national tradition, rich wine mecca Lavo Valley, legendary alpine snow Velvet, depicting the country of watchmaking, the hometown of Blancpain-the charm of Switzerland. For China, which has an inextricable relationship with Blancpain, the masters of art deliberately delve into oriental aesthetics, bringing precious works of ink and wash mood and golden carving totems to pay tribute to the soul of the east.
Blancpain Métiers d’Art Master Lavo Valley watch / Micro-painted enamel haute couture butterfly watch / Villeret classic Damascus gold-plated Great Wall watch
Five craftsmanship that won the heaven
As we all know, Blancpain is famous for its five extraordinary crafts: gold carving, enamel, damascus setting gold, copper, and moving dolls. Among them, Damascus gold inlay and red copper are unique to Blancpain.
Damascus gold inlay: Blancpain’s unique secret
Damascus gold setting originated in the 16th century BC and was originally used for weapon decoration. Blancpain pioneered its use in watch decoration. This process requires a groove of 0.2-0.4 mm to be carved on a dial that is only 1-2 mm thick, and then the gold wire is embedded into a light tap to be solidified, and then polished flat or embossed to present a vivid and complex fine Patterns can be described as ingenious.
Blancpain Villeret classic Damascus gold-plated Chinese pastoral landscape watch
Red copper: a traditional craft from Dongying
The red copper craft originated from Dongying, and was used to make long swords, decorations and other utensils. It is Blancpain, who presents this rare art form in front of everyone through dial art. The red copper process uses a special passivation process and is treated with rokushō (aqua green salt) solution.
Blancpain Métiers d’Art Master Studio Watch / Métiers d’Art Master Studio Watch
Golden Carving: Top Master Craftsmanship
Gold sculpture is a watchmaking tradition that Blancpain insists on and is widely used in the brand’s entire line of products. The pure gold carving craftsmanship needs to be made entirely by hand, and Blancpain watch gold carving masters often spend months to carve a work. Blancpain is a rare watchmaking brand with an independent gold carving team. Among them, the national treasure-level craftsman Mary Lori Taburi also has the highest honor in the industry, ‘the highest prize in French manual skills’.
Gold sculpture of Ms. Marie, who won the ‘Top Prize in French Handicraft’
Enamel: The Treasure of Fire
Blancpain is one of the few brands that has mastered the two extraordinary craftsmanship of the big fire enamel and micro-paint enamel. Micro-painted enamel, also known as ‘painted enamel’, presents the fine pattern of the dial with its translucent sheen and never-changing colors. Daming fire enamel is smelted with high temperature and intense fire to achieve the ultimate pure and extremely lustrous luster. In the many processes of enamel production, if you are not careful, you have to restart everything, which is a great challenge to the skill and patience of the master craftsman.
Blancpain Villeret classic series Blancpain Chinese calendar orphan watch / Métiers d’Art Master Sakura Watch
Event Dolls: Masterpieces of Legendary Art
The technology of the moving puppet was once extinct. In 1993, Blancpain launched the first active puppet minute repeater watch, which shocked the watch industry. The watch’s gold puppet is hand-carved and has several active joints. As the bell of the three questions church bell rang, the moving puppet art on the back of the case began to perform with a pleasant sound. Each group of activities of the three questions is not repeated carving, it is a real art that can be moved and asked.
Blancpain Minute Action Doll Samurai Watch