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The great beauties from Chinese antiquity inspire Blancpain
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The great beauties from Chinese antiquity inspire Blancpain

Monday, 17 December 2018
By The FHH Journal editors
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On the theme of the great beauties of ancient China, Blancpain has produced a series of four Métiers d’Art watches that reflect its expertise in manual decoration.

The four great beauties from Chinese antiquity, regarded as the most stunning women of their era, date respectively from the Spring and Autumn (722-481 BC), Three Kingdoms (220-280 AD), Western Han dynasty (206 BC-9 AD) and Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) periods. Above and beyond their sublime appearance, which was enough to amaze even nature, the four Chinese beauties forged a reputation through the influence they had on the rulers of their time, and, as a result, the history of China. Legend has it that three of them caused their kingdoms to weaken and all came to a mysterious end.

The great beauties from Chinese antiquity, Diao Chan, Yang Guifei © Blancpain
The great beauties from Chinese antiquity, Diao Chan, Yang Guifei © Blancpain

Blancpain has decided to interpret the tale of these emblematic figures from ancient China on a set of dials, using all the artistic techniques expertly practiced in its Métiers d’Art workshops. It is in Le Brassus, in a country setting nestled in the heart of the Vallée de Joux, that Blancpain’s artisans perpetuate ancestral skills transmitted from generation to generation. Be it champlevé enamel, engraving, shakudō, marquetry or enamel painting, each artistic craft is promoted on one piece of this special series, while all four watches feature a painted enamel beauty.

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