Breakwater On The Dial Appreciation Of Blancpain Wave Watch

Almost every top watchmaking brand has its own independent and distinctive art workshop. These timepieces specially created by the art workshop are often defined as the ingenuity of Métier D’Art. Category works. When each watch factory started a fierce competition in the field of high-level complexity, Blancpain, an advanced watch factory in Brass, Switzerland, quietly rose in the field of arts and crafts watches, constantly searching for and selecting unique materials and craftsmanship. Bring new inspiration to timepiece art like never before. In 2016, Blancpain’s ‘Master of Art’ series watches ushered in a new work, using Mexican silver ochre as the surface part of the dial material, adding a variety of processes, bringing unprecedented visual shock to the dial.

   On the dial, the waves carved in white gold tumble with patina, and the exterior sculptures are inspired by the woodblock print ‘Grand Wave de Kanagawa’ created by Japanese artist Hokusai. Under the skillful treatment of Blancpain’s ‘Metal Carving’ master, the surging power and dynamic beauty of the waves are in sharp contrast with the purity and harmony represented by gray ocher.

   When making the dial, the engraved parts are first fixed on the red copper base material, and then immersed in the east 瀛 rokushō patina to create a unique green-grey color. At the same time, part of the spray is polished to enhance the texture of the giant waves when the frame is stopped. Finally, the entire piece is inlaid and fixed on the Mexican silver vermiculite.

   The watch’s power reserve display is located on the bridge of the watch, leaving enough space to appreciate the delicate carvings. The movement is equipped with three main barrels connected in series, which in turn realize the function of winding or releasing power, thereby achieving a long power reserve of 8 days.

Summary: In recent years, Blancpain Métier D’Art has presented us with many outstanding works of art. In addition to showing the essence of brand culture and the artistic charm of watches, these works also have a very important meaning, which is to present those high-level but fresh Known craftsmanship.
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History Of The Imprint Of Geneva-part 2: Patek Philippe Became Savior (1918-1990)

As mentioned in the previous article, in the first few decades of its establishment, the ‘Official Service for Voluntary Inspection of Watches and Clocks in Geneva’ faced (mainly) only a few independent watchmakers and non-industrial watchmakers. The dealer submitted a dilemma for checking clocks. In this article, the time has come to the twentieth century. A company called Patek Philippe ensures the survival of the Geneva Seal.

Difficulties during World War II

   The shift from pocket watches to watches and the cartelization of the Swiss watchmaking industry has had a significant impact on watchmaking in Geneva. Many small local manufacturers in Geneva, after submitting the movement for imprint, resell it to full watch manufacturers in other parts of Switzerland (mainly Bill and La Chaux-de-Fonds).

   However, this practice was gradually banned in the 1920s, after which watch assemblers had to obtain supplies from EbauchesSA. Therefore, with the exception of a few manufacturers, such as Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin, the local watch movement production system began to collapse. In this case, the number of applicants who want to get the Geneva Seal has fallen sharply.

   It should also be noted that the Service Board’s management committee pursues a tough policy on the definition of ‘Geneva clock’. For example, in May 1921, the management board rejected the LePetitLancy blank movement factory application on the grounds that although these movements were indeed made in the Canton of Geneva, they did not meet the requirements for certain types of gears.

Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 stainless steel watch

Patek Philippe’s life-saving role

   In the 1930s, Patek Philippe became the main and even sole client of the Inspection Service, so much so that the latter became almost a private entity of the former. The percentage of watches submitted by the company increased from less than 5% before 1924 to 30.8% in 1925, 34.1% in 1930, 48% in 1932, and more than 80% after 1934, and from 1940 to 1945 The annual even reached 98.2%. In fact, Patek Philippe was one of the few manufacturers in Geneva at the time. Not only could it be developed from the main movement, but also it could meet the technical requirements of the inspection service.

   Vacheron Constantin, another major manufacturer, contributed little to the work of the inspection service. During the two world wars (1932, 1937 and 1939), Vacheron Constantin submitted only three watches in total, which annoyed the management committee, which was eager to expand its partner base and work with the two major manufacturers in Geneva Cooperation. In October 1924, the Committee expressed concerns about Vacheron Constantin’s lack of interest: ‘We fully understand that Vacheron Constantin does not need to check, it is enough to rely on its own reputation, but for the benefit of the watchmaking industry in Geneva, they should make sacrifices.’ The company’s board of directors ‘convinced them to make an’ Estate ‘effort’, but eventually returned without success.

After the Second World War

 

   The state of the industry did not change fundamentally from 1945 to 1990, and very few companies were able to meet and wish to adhere to the Geneva Seal selection criteria. Patek Philippe movement became the agency’s main partner (the proportion of watches submitted for inspection from 1950 to 1990 accounted for 67.3%). When Vacheron Constantin withdrew, Patek Philippe became the sole contributor. In 1990, Patek Philippe was the only company that cooperated with the agency, and the number of watches submitted for inspection accounted for 98.6%.

   The cooperation between Patek Philippe and the Seal of Geneva went through three main stages. Initially, the number of watches submitted for inspection increased significantly from 1950 to 1970, suggesting that the business had grown and the Geneva mark became a selling point. In the mid-1960s, Patek Philippe launched an advertising campaign, claiming to be the only watchmaker to submit all movements to the service department for inspection, so it deserves the name of the world’s best watchmaker.

   Then, from 1972 to 1986, the number of movements certified by the Geneva Mark fell sharply due to the quartz crisis and the growth of the electronics industry. During this period, Patek Philippe also began to assemble quartz movements for some models. The number of watches with the Geneva mark suddenly dropped, and then stagnated.

   Finally, the late 1980s witnessed the triumphant return of mechanical watches, and became the glorious starting point for the next few decades. Although quartz movements are still used, they are mainly used for ladies’ watches. Mechanical watches are becoming more and more popular. Patek Philippe has also strengthened its cooperation with the inspection service.

   Back in the mid-1950s, Patek Philippe’s old rival Vacheron Constantin joined in. Until the mid-1980s, Vacheron Constantin submitted about one-third of the watches for 30 years. However, in the 1980s, Vacheron Constantin encountered financial and production difficulties, forcing it to once give up its manufacturer status and order the movement from outside Geneva (especially ETA). (Photo / text watch home compiled by Xu Chaoyang)
History of the Imprint of Geneva-Part 1: Few Respondents (1886-1918)
History of the Imprint of Geneva-Part III: The Road to Revival (1990 and beyond)

Charming New Timepiece For Sportsman’s Diary: Radar High-tech Ceramic Watch Yunwen Yunwudu Type

Welcome to the midsummer, put on a new look for yourself and show your new charm! Whether it’s the Yayi fitted cotton and linen suit that always catches the eye at work, or the sportswear that is enough to let you show off your skills and superb ball skills on the court during the vacation; (RADO) High-tech ceramic series watches add points to your wonderful life anytime, anywhere. From the dynamic HyperChrome series to the chic and comfortable DiaMaster high-tech ceramic series and the elegant Sven Coupole Classic automatic series watches, different design styles make you unique.
Rado Star High-Tech Ceramic Touch Dual Time Zone Watch

   The HyperChrome series has always been the most dynamic wrist watch in all series of radar watches. A chronograph in 2012 won the design award of the United States Good Design Award. This high-tech ceramic automatic chronograph watch is unique and unique. The three hour, minute and second chronograph small dials on the silver-gray dial provide both the timekeeping and aesthetic design of the entire watch. The one-piece ceramic watch uses an exclusive patented plasma processing technology, which does not contain a bit of metal, but exudes a mysterious metallic luster, scratch-resistant and wear-resistant, and is brave to be different. This is the iconic taste of ICON. The black dial with rose gold hands is another great choice.
   Another newly launched Hao Xing series touch-sensitive UTC dual time zone watch (Dual Timer), in addition to the trendy design without the crown is equipped with modern technology and easy-to-use functions, this dual-time zone touch watch has a radar watch As always, the outstanding appearance, whether it is a low-key luxury model decorated with rose gold dial, or a stylish and elegant belt model, are the perfect match when traveling! The lightweight, low-sensitivity high-tech ceramics not only make the entire watch more comfortable to the wrist, even when passing the security check, you don’t need to take it off. It is a famous symbol to accompany you anywhere in the world time zone. Actually the best timepiece for a sportsman’s flight diary.
Radar meter DiaMaster series plasma high-tech ceramic hollow limited automatic watch

   Since its launch, DiaMaster has given this series of watches refined, elegant, simple and timeless features. In particular, ‘plasma high-tech ceramics’ has been included in the popular vocabulary of this series. 20 watches in the entire series have adopted this breakthrough Material. For watch fans who love the limited edition, the radar watch has a special hollow model before and after the launch (limited to 499 in the world). The wearer can clearly see the movement of the movement through the sapphire crystal surface and the back case. The small complexity adds another topicality to this watch! The special five-section chain strap unique to this series of watches is made of high-tech ceramics, which makes the watch more fit to the wrist, and cleverly sets off the true nature and innerness of the gentleman.
Coupole automatic watch

   An elegant Swan LOOK radar watch Coupole series can best show the serious side of men. Coupole series is the introduction of radar watch and high CP value of the series models, open white round dial perfectly set off rose gold hands The dial is covered with a curved sapphire crystal, and the three-row two-tone gold chain strap perfectly presents charming elegance. Another dark brown leather strap with a black surface gives you a unique low-key elegance. Style. This series of automatic watches are equipped with ETA automatic movement, with a power reserve of up to 80 hours.
   The well-known Swiss watch brand Radar has always been known for its high-tech ceramics. Ninety percent of the watches are made of ceramic materials. Scratch-resistant, wear-resistant, lightweight and anti-allergic are synonymous with the brand. new. To meet the new summer season, wearing a brand new high-tech ceramic watch will also add endless charm to your sportswear!

Glancing The Mirror So Far Those Watches That ‘do Not Work’ Are Absolutely Extinct!

In what way is time presented in everyone’s consciousness? Is it an ancient sundial, a pendulum on the square, or a star-studded movement, or a cloud of clouds? Is it the sparse shadows in the moonlight, the clear water, or the casual chess pieces in the candlelight? Is it the shadow of a person who is so dazzling and lonely, or is it becoming increasingly pale? When you try to touch the invisible time, you will find that reality is so cold and time is so ruthless, but when you think about what you have experienced, felt, and harvested in endless time, you will find time again In fact, left a precious wealth. We don’t need time to stand alone in that place, but more precipitation to highlight the greatness and wisdom of time.

Jacques de Lo launched the gold-carved koi hour needles. Such a quiet and beautiful picture is really intoxicating.

  If in your impression, the watch is only a time display tool, it is too OUT, just like the mobile phone is no longer a communication tool for calling and texting, but gradually evolved into a smart product. Now that Apple has launched an AppleWatch that carries all the functions, presumably everyone has always seen value-added and high technology. However, this does not affect the solid position of traditional watches. While the traditional watchmaking industry displays timepieces, it incorporates more genius creativity of watchmakers and more ingenious designs. Even if Apple is at a new high, traditional watchmaking Still stealing the shot! Now, let’s follow the editor’s introduction and look at a few “worse business” watches.

  Drunk

  Jacques Dro has always been impressive in the image of a tit, but what I can hardly forget at this Basel watch exhibition is another beautiful watch. A vivid butterfly on the dial flew by, bringing the breath of spring and warm greetings, bringing a sea of ​​flowers, imagine with eyes closed, the scene of blooming flowers is simply beautiful and intoxicating … If you look closely, you can see that the figure, pattern, and tentacles of the butterfly are all vividly portrayed. The hour, minute, and small seconds dial is located above the dial. The hands of the dots rotate in the sea of ​​flowers, and time seems to stagnate.

  The beauty of the details on the dial highlights Jacques Dro’s in-depth knowledge of champlevé technology, as well as the brand’s flexible mastery of natural beauty. Finally, the focus of this watch is that this is not just a watch. The ButterflyJourney watch has eight pieces. Although the eight scenes depict the scene of the butterfly flying in the sea of ​​flowers, they are different. The charm is like a romantic ‘Spring Story’.

  Surprisingly in fashion

  Chanel, LV, Hermès and other fashion brands in the circle have always been avant-garde, personality, fashion, in the clothing, leather bags, perfume, cosmetics and other industries occupy an unshakable position, but when it comes to watches and clocks. Many people may think that watches and clocks are just accessories for these brands, and there is only one more product line to promote. There will not be too many trends and ideas, but the fact is that people have to be convinced by these brands.

  In this year’s Basel watch exhibition, Hermès’ new Slimeʼ Hermès KomaKurabe watch has entered my field of vision because this dreamlike Japanese classic style is too charming. I don’t know how many readers have been to Japan. Although Japan has an indelible ‘history’ in the hearts of the Chinese, its folk culture, technology and technology are still indelible. The SlimdʼHermès KomaKurabe watch presents the ‘KomaKurabe’ ancient horse racing event in Japan. It adopts the traditional Japanese ‘red painting and fine drawing’ art, and uses micro-painting techniques to delineate multiple levels of red. Hands.

  If it is Jacques de Loire’s interpretation of enamel technology and Piaget’s interpretation of micro-painting, it may not be so attractive, but as a brand that is not exclusively a watch, it can actually interpret the beauty of the craftsmanship of this watch To the extent that people really love it. And this small red painting, in the outline of a stroke by stroke, the picture then comes to life.

  Shocking Treasury

  Although Apple’s AppleWatch has satisfied the eyes of fruit fans to some extent, when you face the traditional watch industry, you will find another state of surprise. They are not unable to make smart watches, as long as they are willing, they will invent more amazing products. This DiagonoMagnesium concept watch from Bulgari, the world’s first unique design concept is completely opposite the current so-called smart connected watch.

  From a professional perspective, this watch is equipped with an encryption chip and a stealth antenna. It uses NFC (near field communication) technology to transfer the watch’s digital certificate to the mobile phone. The mobile phone needs to download and install the Bulgari ‘treasury’ application. (Applicable to both iOS and Android systems), all design and operation are performed in a top-secret state, and only the owner of the watch can access the private information recorded here. The application of NFC technology makes the design of this Bulgari concept watch not only a timing tool, but also a technology product.

  From this we can peep into the vast space for the future development of watchmaking, which can cause infinite imagination. The possibilities derived from this concept give unlimited value to Bulgari users. The birth of this watch further confirms the infinite imagination of human beings. It is believed that in the near future, users can unlock the access control, open the door, activate the smart home alarm system or make secure payment through the watch key. Technology will give the watch more Big energy.

  Pleasant visual enjoyment

  If the simple mechanism of back penetration and peeping is not enough to satisfy, this Girard-Perregaux three-gold bridge tourbillon three-question watch will surely satisfy watch fans’ desire to play. Many people think that the previous GP’s Sanjinqiao Tourbillon is a masterpiece, then this watch is definitely a work of art and meets the standards of advanced watchmaking.

  Whether viewed from the front or the back, this watch can give people excellent visual enjoyment. Seen from the front, almost all the internal structures can be seen through the table mirror. Most of the components that make the Sanjinqiao tourbillon device and make the three-question device sound crisp and pleasant are mounted on the front, fully revealing the beautiful structure of the three-question device; extremely The complex three-question device can produce clear and pleasing notes with each hit, and make the wearer full of eyes while enjoying the pleasant sound. All the parts and structures of the three-question device, the hammer, the gong, and the tourbillon can be seen. From the back, the movement is exposed at the bottom case, highlighting the brand’s time-honored watchmaking skills.

  Girard Perregaux’s Miracle Box series of New World watches is of course also a surprising work at this exhibition, which gives the outline and appearance of the New World to the dial between sizes.

  Worth collecting:

  The application of heavy metals often makes the value of watches soar, and it is also valued by people. Red copper is a rare material on watches. It is native to Japan and is an alloy mainly composed of copper and gold. Depending on its composition and texture, the alloy exhibits a dark green luster between blue and black. Blancpain’s bold attempt this time has brought this material to a new point of fusion with gold-inlaid painting techniques and watches. The image of the ganesha, also conveys the brand’s respect for this spirit to those who believe in religion.

  When such a watch appears in the sight of watch fans, many people’s first impression is not to look at time, but to explore such portraits, how to present such patterns? The exquisiteness of the Ganesha shows the designer’s carving and rokushō coloring style. The golden throne is hand-carved. The texture is natural and delicate, and the subtlety shows the power. Such watches have already crossed the realm of timekeeping and are worthy of collectors’ cherishment and collection.

Summary: Aesthetics is a very abstract concept. No one can define the meaning of beauty, but when there is something beautiful, people will yearn for it. Sometimes, the same design cannot win everyone’s attention, and the bold and innovative personality is actually eye-catching. A clock is a very small object. The more subtle things, the harder it is to reflect creativity in changes and breakthroughs. For many years, watch brands have to make huge changes, adjustments and innovations in such small sizes as clocks. A challenge of wisdom, endurance and technology. The reason why these watches are so attractive is not to underestimate the brand’s courage and creativity. If innovation is a kind of ‘doing no business,’ then we hope that more ideas will come back. (Picture / text watch home Li Shuai)