«The old tradition of decorating the back of the watch with sumptuous, often erotic scenes, is continued with absolute confidentiality.»
«Tourbillon or Carrousel? Which is the most exclusive?» Someone asks, interrupting the rigorous silence that reigns sovereign in the room illuminated by large windows overlooking the green landscape. At the threshold of the door, the writing on an elegant silver plaque says atelier tourbillon carrousel equation marchante quantième perpétuel, indicating the workshop where the two most sophisticated mechanical governors are made. We are in switzerland, in the village of the Vallée de Joux, Le Brassus, at the house of Blancpain: a special place immersed in a dimension where time bizarrely seems to have stopped. Here, every day, the best master watchmakers and craftsmen devote themselves to creating masterpieces made of technique, patience and meticulousness, slowly, through gestures that seem to reproduce forgotten rituals, all carried out by hand. Some accessories used for the finishings have even been forged by the masters themselves, using gentian, a flower that grows locally. At this lovingly restored farmhouse, the headquarters of blancpain’s haute horlogerie, they produce the most exclusive pieces, those with the greatest complications, hand polishing and unique decorations: a top range reserved for a passionate and elite clientele. In fact, a minute repeater watch is worth about 170 thousand euros to which another fifty thousand could be added if one also wants it to have an animation, working on the case back: the old tradition of decorating the back of the watch with sumptuous, often erotic scenes, is continued with absolute confidentiality and is proof of how tradition is still one of Blancpain’s manufacturing mainstays.