The Know How
A prestigious watch is a marvellous mechanism. The skills required to create these watches are rare and demanding. The watchmakers and artists possessing these skills are capable of building into these watches complications that are difficult to produce – perpetual calendars, tourbillons, carrousels, chronographs and minute-repeaters, among others – together with decorative adornments.
With its watchmaking engineers, master watchmakers and artistic craftsmen, all located in the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland, Blancpain upholds the great traditions and expertise of haute horlogerie. Respect for this heritage and the traditional crafts influences everything that we undertake. But this does not mean that we are entrenched in the past. Quite the opposite: innovation is our tradition. This governing principle guides us in the creation of new timepieces and allows us to introduce modern technology that is compatible with the conventional processes, to push back the frontiers of the watchmaker’s art still further.
The cradle of prestige watchmaking
No other region has made such a big contribution to the history of watchmaking as the Vallée de Joux. Nestling in the Jura Mountains, along the French border, the Joux Valley specialised in micromechanics several centuries ago. The farmers turned to the fabrication of components for watches during the harsh winters, when snow fell in abundance and they found themselves cut off from the main towns. Both men and women busied themselves labouring on workbenches bathed in natural light. Over time, the watchmakers developed their skills and broadened their range of operations, progressing from the fabrication of components to the production of complications. In fact, by the middle of the 18th century, the Vallée de Joux watchmakers had gained such a reputation that the Swiss watchmaking firms, especially those in Geneva, relied on them to create and produce their most prestigious complicated watches.
The Ocean Commitment
The Blancpain Ocean Commitment pays homage to our Brand’s significant historical links with the ocean, having launched the world’s first modern diving watch, the Fifty Fathoms, in 1953. This milestone moment in Blancpain’s near 300-year history marked the starting point of our collaborations with the ocean community, which have typified the 70 years since, as has our support for ocean conservation initiatives.
Blancpain and the Art of Living
The encounter between the world of haute horlogerie and haute cuisine, between Blancpain and the Art of Living is entirely self-evident, whether in terms of their common attachment to fine craftsmanship, the importance placed on product quality, or the respect for terroir and traditions. The quest for excellence, expertise, a sure touch and true passion are the kind of values Blancpain shares with the world of haute cuisine. Blancpain cultivates special ties with the greatest award-winning chefs, encompassing more than 100 Michelin stars among its circle of friends, past and present.
Ladybird Quantième Complet
Price: 20,790 €
Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
Price: 12,470 €
Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
Price: 12,680 €
Fifty Fathoms Automatique
Price: 16,730 €
Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback
Price: 16,630 €
Villeret Quantième Phases de Lune
Price: 16,500 €
Villeret Quantième Complet
Price: 14,550 €
Price: 18,600 €