BLANCPAIN

Golf Asia - - LUXE TIMEPIECES -

The Blancpain fly­ing tour­bil­lon, pro­duced in-house as are all Blancpain move­ments, of­fers an un­sur­passed view of the tour­bil­lon's key com­po­nents, un­ob­structed by the up­per bridge fea­tured in con­ven­tional tour­bil­lon de­signs. The new Villeret Tour­bil­lon Volant Heure Sau­tante Minute Rétro­grade takes this con­cept one step fur­ther, as the lower bridge has been re­moved and re­placed by a clear sap­phire disk. The tour­bil­lon cage, its balance wheel and its es­cape­ment seem to be float­ing in space above the tour­bil­lon's fixed wheel at­tached to the clear disk. Nei­ther the jump hour nor ret­ro­grade minute com­pli­ca­tions have ap­peared in Blancpain wrist­watches, thus this new time­piece marks their de­but within Blancpain's col­lec­tions. These hours and min­utes dis­plays are grouped to­gether, with the hours win­dow placed on the ret­ro­grade min­utes counter. In the Blancpain Le Bras­sus Métiers d'art stu­dio, the Man­u­fac­ture has de­voted its tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise to the cause of aes­thet­ics in cre­at­ing a clas­sic grand feu enamel dial us­ing the tra­di­tional cham­plevé tech­nique. The new Villeret Tour­bil­lon Volant Heure Sau­tante Minute Rétro­grade is housed in a dou­ble stepped 42mm red gold case and is teamed with an al­li­ga­tor strap or metal bracelet, both se­cured by a fold­ing clasp. A 20-piece plat­inum lim­ited-edi­tion ver­sion is also avail­able. An ex­cep­tional and unique mas­ter­piece that proves Artya is again pay­ing trib­ute and show­ing its re­spect to wildlife. Af­ter the but­ter­flies tour­bil­lon, the flo­ral en­grav­ings, the lion's head tour­bil­lon now comes the Wolf Tour­bil­lon. Dur­ing the me­dieval Gothic pe­riod, de­pic­tions of Wolves were im­por­tant tal­is­mans, a knight wear­ing a Wolf's head on his breast­plate or his shield chan­nelled the power and dom­i­nance of the King of the For­est. Born in Flan­ders, Bel­gium, Bram Ra­mon is a sculp­tor and en­graver. In­spired by the neo-re­nais­sance style and armed knights of me­dieval times, Yvan Arpa, CEO of Artya to­gether with Ra­mon have come up with a brand new way of en­grav­ing that com­bines deep chis­elling with sculp­ture. The Artya Wolf's Head ex­udes power, a touch of Gothic spirit, a hint of re­li­gion and an ar­ti­san's ex­cel­lence. Just look­ing at the Wolf's Head is cap­ti­vat­ing, as the eye is drawn to the mix­ture of grooves, crevasses and sculpted fig­ures. And the tour­bil­lon com­pli­ca­tion at six o'clock fin­ishes off this unique piece.

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