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The Blancpain Métiers d’Art Workshop pays tribute to Switzerland

Marina Milojević | 03.27.17 | 09:08 AM

BaselWorld 2017

The house of Blancpain and its Métiers d’Art Workshop have just unveiled a new, unique model designed to pay tribute to the country of Switzerland. The exquisite, hand-decorated model crafted in gold and Blancpain’s beloved shakudō alloy, was unveiled a couple of days ago, at BaselWorld, the world’s largest watch and jewelry trade show.

The dial of the new, one-of-a-kind model of the Villeret Collection depicts a “battle of the queen cows” staged in front of the Mountain of Mountains, the mythical Matterhorn. Shaped like a jagged tooth, this mountain of the Alps, which is also Switzerland’s most famous symbol, is the most-photographed mountain in the world. Towering to an altitude of 4,478 meters above sea level, the Switzerland’s best-known mountain has been miniaturized to fit the proportions of a dial, serving as a backdrop for a dynamic, naturalistic illustration.

Blancpain Métiers d’Art Workshop tribute to Switzerland

The queen cows from the Val d’Hérens have been part of the Swiss national heritage since 1861. These animals, capable of climbing to heights of 3,000 meters and above, are known for their traditional fights held each spring. One of these fights, held with a purpose to establish a hierarchy among the herd, has been immortalized on this beautiful shakudō dial.

Shakudō is an alloy composed of gold and copper. On the new Blancpain timepiece, the dial appliques portraying the cow fight are created in gold and hand-engraved. The appliques are affixed to the shakudō dial and held in place by miniature feet. Once joined together, the gold elements are given a rokushō patina, which is a copper salt bath into which the dial is dipped. The Blancpain logo and the Matterhorn are hand-engraved on the shakudō dial by an in-house artisan. The cows’ necklace is in yellow gold, incorporated into the red gold cow applique using the damascening technique, by hollowing a cavity into the applique to be filled, by hammering, with yellow gold.

Blancpain Métiers d’Art Workshop tribute to Switzerland

The new 42mm Blancpain timepiece, Villeret Collection reference 6612-3616-55B, is powered by the manual wind caliber 13R3A. The watch offers no less than 8 days of power reserve, and features a power-reserve indicator placed on a bridge on the reverse of the movement, visible through the sapphire case back. Piece unique. For more information, visit Blancpain.com.

 

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