In 2015, Blancpain, the top Swiss watch brand born in 1735, should be regarded as a special year. This year is exactly the 280th birthday of this brand. In the past three centuries, the human world has gone through countless changes, and China has also moved from the Qianlong dynasty to a prosperous, strong and democratic socialist country. The only constant is that Blancpain has always insisted on making only top-class traditional mechanical clocks.
In the world of traditional mechanical clocks, the function of the moon phase, which can counteract the change of the moon’s shade, has always existed in a relatively special position. First of all, the moon phase is not a necessary function of clocks. ), It is not a very complicated function at the same time, but you will find that as long as there are more watches, most brands like to add this function. The reason is that the moon phase function is the most intriguing, best-looking and easiest to match with other functions, especially for those multifunctional and complicated watches. With the moon phase function, you may think that there is nothing, but If you don’t have it, you will immediately notice that something seems to be missing, and the feeling of emptyness will become stronger!
Therefore, I said that the moon phase function is definitely the first gold supporting role in the clock and watch industry. As a golden supporting role, it is necessary to show color. Therefore, while the major watch brands continue to improve the accuracy of the moon phase function, they do not forget to add this. Functions are becoming more and more beautiful; more and more creative; more and more beloved. But when it comes to the brand that is most willing to think about this feature, Blancpain is undoubtedly the most powerful. Blancpain has not only popularized this feature into every watch series, but also different years, different series, different functions, The facial expressions of ‘Sister Moon’ on the moon phase tables of different genders are all different. Below we have selected eight Blancpain’s most representative moon phases for your appreciation.
Blancpain Classic Full Moon Phase Watch
This classic full-calendar moon phase watch launched by Blancpain in 1983 was an extremely important revival for Blancpain, because Blancpain had just experienced it at the time, and it had a significant impact on all traditional Swiss mechanical watchmaking industries. Deadly Destroyed Quartz Storm. The end result of this revolution is that mechanical watches are destined to end in a price war. Eventually in the early 1980s, Blancpain discovered ways to overcome the challenges faced by the mechanical watchmaking industry. The reason why Swiss watchmaking can be called Swiss watchmaking is because it has its own tradition, so the Swiss watch industry must have its own tradition to have a future. Eventually, Blancpain did the opposite and started The table is made more complicated.
So there was this full-calendar moon phase watch equipped with a 6395 movement, and it was the first moon-phase watch to enter the market. This watch once again returned to the complete full-calendar moon phase complex design. The month and week are displayed in a separate window, and the pointer calendar makes all information clear and easy to read. The smiling moon phase window on the moon reminds people of the exquisiteness and delicateness of traditional mechanical watchmaking.
Blancpain ‘1735’ ultra-complex watch
‘1735’ is both the year in which Blancpain was born and the name of a legendary watch in its history. This Blancpain’s most famous high-complexity model was born in 1991. This watch combines ultra-thin, moon phase , Perpetual calendar, tourbillon, dual chase, and three questions, four of which are also ultra-complex functions. Its appearance can be said to have laid a solid foundation for Blancpain in the field of super-complex watches. Other complicated functions are not so complicated, but it is the finishing touch for the entire watch! Because Blancpain’s workshop has only two master watchmakers who have mastered this unique skill, if one master is on vacation, delivery will be delayed. Therefore, its annual output is only two, and it is limited to only 30. If you want to find the trace of this god watch today, I am afraid that I can only go to the safes of those 30 collectors!
Blancpain Concept 2001 Full Moon Phase Half Hunting Watch
Blancpain’s moon phase watch with a round hole cover is a concept watch, but it is Blancpain’s most interesting and storytelling moon phase watch. The reason for adopting this design is to draw attention back to the Battle of Waterloo that took place in the 19th century, when the two armies were entrenched at a distance of 20 kilometers from Brussels. The leader was Napoleon and the other was Wellington. . Because the situation on the battlefield changes rapidly, from time to time, opening the cover of the hunting pocket watch and seeing the time may be the only thing the two generals have in common. Because the cover protects the fragile mirror, opening the cover to watch the time is inevitable.
But one day, Napoleon finally got bored with this switching action. When he couldn’t bear it, he finally waved the sword in his hand and cut the top of the hunting pocket watch to the ground. As an officer of the Napoleon army at the time happened to be an employee of Mr. Louis Blancpain, Blancpain introduced this exciting history, ushered in the new millennium, and expressed his recognition of Napoleon’s great tradition of breaking through tradition. This limited edition ‘Concept 2001’ hunting watch. This watch follows the look of a hunting pocket watch with a double protective cover design. However, unlike a hunting pocket watch, Blancpain has a round hole in the front cover that is just the right size, so even if you do n’t open the other, You can also read the time, month and week clearly, and of course you can see the beautiful moon phase! If the hole had existed then, Napoleon would not have to cut off the cover.
Blancpain L-evolution series eight-day long-power full-calendar moon phase watch
The L-evolution series is Blancpain’s latest series. It was born in 2009. It is not difficult to see from the name. The evolution of the Leman series, once the exaggerated fonts and the scattered dial are launched, it will give people a powerful visual impact. This series can be said to be a breakthrough in the modern design style of the ancient brand Blancpain. And how to perfectly integrate the traditional function of the moon phase with such a modern watch? Blancpain once again started to write articles on the moon’s expression. Through careful observation, you will find that Blancpain will design different expressions according to the style of the watch, and this moon phase expression is obviously younger since the two. The eyes are similar to the shape of a full moon and look bright and vibrant, while the upturned eyebrows and resolute lips are seamlessly matched with the modern style that this watch wants to express!
Blancpain Villeret Collection Modern Retro Concealed Full Moon Phase Half Hunting Watch
The ‘Concept 2001’ mentioned earlier is a full hunting watch, and this one is a half hunting watch. The so-called half hunting watch is to remove the front cover and leave only the back. I personally like the semi-hunting watch, because this watch can not only appreciate the beauty of the movement, but also feel the satisfaction of the precious metal back cover affixed to the wrist. Grand view!
This watch was born in 2010 and coincides with the 275th anniversary of the birth of the Blancpain brand. This year, Blancpain modified the Villeret series. Not only is it equipped with a safe and reliable date protection system and Blancpain’s original hidden adjustment system. In addition, the scale and hands have been fine-tuned, especially the moon phase. Compared with the old 6263, the expression has become more agile and refreshed!
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Full Moon Phase Flyback Chronograph
Whether or not you agree that the sports watch should have the moon phase function, Blancpain is added. But think about it, a sports watch can have so many functions and can indeed cope with more occasions, and Blancpain dare to install so many adjustment mechanisms on a diving watch, it also shows that Blancpain is in the field of waterproofing If you take a closer look at the expression of the moon phase, it is totally a scornful attitude, as if you are saying, ‘I can’t make any mistakes in the depth of the sea.’
Blancpain Women’s Eccentric Date Retrograde Women’s Moon Phase Watch
Having said so many men’s watches, Blancpain’s women’s moon phase watches are equally outstanding, especially this retrograde moon phase women’s watch launched in 2012. Compared with Blancpain’s previous women’s watches, this watch has a huge surge. The entire dial is made of mother-of-pearl. The most watched timepiece function in the past has been placed as a subordinate at 6 o’clock this time. At 12 o’clock, the most noticeable position is completely occupied by the moon phase and retrograde date. At the same time, the expression of the moon also reveals a kind of feminine beauty. Such a bold design, its strong visual impact will make women remember at first sight! For women, beauty is always the first. On the surface, this women’s watch is just an adjustment of the functional area. In fact, Blancpain now really understands women more and more!
Blancpain Villeret Chinese Calendar
As the last watch in this article, you must choose a god watch. Looking at all the Chinese element watches in the world, only this Chinese calendar from Blancpain is really made for us Chinese. , Because the Chinese elements of this watch have completely separated from the flashy on the surface, but are firmly rooted in the inner core, realizing China’s most traditional lunar calendar year on the watch. I believe that every Chinese will have a special affinity for this watch when they see the familiar hours, zodiac signs, five elements, heavenly stems, and earthly branches on the watch.
In addition to the lunar calendar, Chinese people also have a special preference for the moon, so Blancpain specially designed a new moon expression for this watch. Slightly straight eyebrows and smiling eyes reflect the atmosphere and tolerance of Chinese civilization. This watch has platinum and red gold. Two materials, but only the platinum crown is inlaid with rubies, and because the platinum version is limited to 20 pieces per year, only the platinum version will be engraved with the zodiac pattern on the rotor, although the first 20 The Chenlong Chronograph can no longer be found, but we are looking forward to the watches launched by Blancpain of the Renchen Dragon Year 60!
Summary: Whether it is the allusion to Chang’e to the moon, the Mid-Autumn Festival symbolizing reunion, or the tradition of the Chinese calendar to use the lunar calendar, China seems to have a special preference for the moon. The distance between the clock and China is close. In short, if you want to have a moon phase watch, Blancpain is undoubtedly the most correct choice! (Text / picture watch house Mao Zhuang)