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Blancpain demon­strates its cre­ativ­ity in dec­o­ra­tive crafts with the new Villeret Métiers d’art Binchō­tan, which has a dial made from spe­cial Ja­pa­nese binchō­tan char­coal. Ubamegashi oak is slowly fired at tem­per­a­tures be­tween 1,000 and 1,300°C, be­fore be­ing rapidly cooled down. The re­sult is an in­cred­i­bly dense ma­te­rial with a hard­ness com­pa­ra­ble to steel. The binchō­tan is then sliced, pol­ished, lac­quered with urushi, and ap­plied with a gold en­grav­ing of Ja­pan’s fa­mous It­sukushima shrine.

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