This anniversary whitegold piece with moon phase is painting the colors of the sunrise with mother-of-pearl and precious gemstones across the dial and bracelet. This edition is limited to just 20 pieces.
In celebration of the Chinese Year of the Rat Blancpain is unveiling its first watch with a porcelain dial entirely hand-crafted in its Métiers d'Art workshops. Issued in an eight-piece limited edition of one-of-a-kind timepieces, the special series marks the introduction of this traditional Chinese skill within the Manufacture in Le Brassus.
The year 2014 came to a close in a more difficult context for the Swiss watch industry, however exports by the sector continued to grow. The annual result recorded a total value of 22.2 billion francs, corresponding to an increase of 1.9% compared to 2013. As in 2013, which recorded exactly the same rate of growth, 2014 will have been a year of consolidation at a high level. Mention must be made however of the negative trend observed in November and December, linked to the autumn events in Hong Kong and the decline of the Chinese market.
Once upon a time there was the Poinçon de Genève, a hallmark introduced in 1886 and already intended as an effective measure against counterfeiting. Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (the famous COSC), which certifies the precision of Swiss watches that meet its criteria, dates from 1973 in its present form.