Blancpain Honored Laurent Ballesta With The ‘2013 Hans Haas 50th Prize’

On the 94th anniversary of the birth of Austrian marine pioneer Pioneer Hans Haas, Blancpain recently brought the Historical Diving Society Jury of the British Historical Diving Association to the Hans Haas Awards. Hans Hass Award Committee), co-honoured French marine biologist Lauren Ballesta with this year’s ‘Hans Hass Fifty Fathoms Award’.
 This public awards ceremony was selected at the world’s largest boat exhibition-the Dusseldorf International Boat Show (Boot) in Germany. On the 60th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms, Blancpain is proud to award the winners of this modern diver’s ancestor series to its diving, underwater photography and marine science. And other brilliant achievements. The back of the case of this watch is also engraved with a logo tailored for the Hans Haas Fifty Fathoms Award.
 Professor Haas has long been committed to the exploration of the underwater world and is known worldwide for his outstanding achievements in science and art. In honor of the Austrian scholar, the Hans Haas Award, named after him, has now passed ten years, and its pioneer contributions are still used as a criterion for selecting winners. To pay tribute to this contemporary legend, Blancpain glorified the award of Lauren Ballesta under the selection of the Grand Jury. With his enthusiasm for diving and unremitting efforts to achieve his goals, Ballesta perfectly inherits the pioneering spirit of Professor Haas.

Blancpain honors French marine biologist Lauren Ballesta with ‘Hans Haas 50th Prize’

Blancpain and the Underwater World
 Since its founding in 1735, the continuous and progressive brand spirit has propelled Blancpain unremittingly. In 1953, Blancpain sincerely created a classic diving timepiece for the French Navy, the Fifty Fathoms. Since then, the watch giant has become inseparable from diving sports. The masterpiece of this mechanical watch is named for its water-resistant depth of 50 噚 (approximately 91.44 meters), and once it came out, it became an excellent example of diving watches. Today, this watch series has perfectly integrated the top watchmaking craftsmanship and extreme safety standards, and has firmly established itself in the noble position of the industry benchmark.
 With deep feelings for the underwater world, Blancpain is committed to helping more people have a glimpse into the vast and mysterious underwater universe. Blancpain understands that only real understanding can stimulate people’s enthusiasm, thereby respecting and protecting the azure ocean of mankind. Following this principle, Blancpain strongly supports the National Geographic’s ‘Pristine Seas Expeditions’, a collection of exploration, research and protection, and has simultaneously issued the Edition Fifty Fathoms In order to highlight the beauty of undersea science and adventure, the special issue also stands out from similar publications for its exquisite photography. In addition, Blancpain established a partnership with free diving record holder Gianluca Genoni, and became the first World Oceans in 2012 held by Economist Magazine. Summit).
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Blancpain honors French marine biologist Lauren Ballesta with ‘Hans-Haas 50th Prize’

Lauren Ballesta
Lauren Ballesta was born in southern France in 1974 and is a marine biologist and diving investigator. He combines his passion for underwater photography with deep diving skills. Obsessed with the underwater world, he entered the sight of the Hans Haas Fifty Fathoms Nomination Committee, which nominates only those who have achieved extraordinary achievements in both science and art. With its meticulous work style demonstrated in deep diving research and unique images captured on the sea floor, Ballesta enjoys a good international reputation.
Hans Haas
Professor Haas Haas was born on January 23, 1919 and is a pioneer in the field of diving and marine research. His research results are very fruitful, including a large number of video materials and more than 30 undergraduate books and books. He has won numerous national and international awards throughout his life. From 1937 to 1959, Professor Haas led a number of remote sea exploration programs, during which he used his own underwater cameras to record adventures. Professor Haas remained loyal to his dream of the sea until his later years: in 2005 he personally launched into the Maldives to examine the impact of the recent tsunami on the underwater world. His research laid a solid foundation for diving investigations. He has set an example for generations of divers and researchers around the world and continues to inspire them.
Blancpain
In 1735, Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, named after his surname, founded the world’s oldest watchmaking brand in existence. Today, Blancpain has long been dedicated to reviving traditional mechanical watchmaking technology. Through continuous investment in high-quality watchmaking talents, watchmaking equipment and innovative research and development, the extraordinary professional watchmaking skills are passed on from generation to generation and continue.
From part creation to watch design, Blancpain stands out from the fine watchmaking industry with its outstanding movement development capabilities. Over the past seven years, Le Brassus watchmaking workshops have created more than 20 new and original watch movements, and their outstanding performance is amazing.
Each watch produced by Blancpain has always adhered to the brand’s long-standing and profound watchmaking tradition. Its precise performance and elegant appearance, meanwhile, it has demonstrated the brand spirit of persistence in innovation and courage to break through. Blancpain’s watch family stars shine: the avant-garde revolutionary L-evolution series, the legendary Fifty Fathoms divers watch series, the pure classic Villeret series, the elegant and exquisite ladies series, all of which are dazzling pearls on the brand crown.

Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Lady Women’s Watch Classic Female Representative

The new GP Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Lady women’s watch brings together the logo elements of the series, demonstrating elegance and beauty.

 The stainless steel case is inlaid with two fine diamond bands, and the design of harmonious blending of straight lines and curves originates from the brand’s aesthetic heritage in the early 20th century. On closer inspection, every detail of the watch seems to draw from the Art Deco style, but the whole shows an undoubtedly modern temperament.

 The curved contour of the case is very feminine and sensual, and the crown fits perfectly into the case, making the watch simpler. The time blooms in the beautiful space of the dial, and every moment of time is unique. The watch has a light ring on the wrist for a comfortable fit, thanks to an optimized ergonomic design.

 The curved dial perfectly matches the case. The dial layout is rigorous, the temperament is simple, and the details are subtle. The central rectangular minute track is rounded by human hands to better fit the curved surface of the dial. At 12 o’clock, sitting on the throne in the center of the town, looking down at the low-key date at 6 o’clock. At 9 o’clock and at 3 o’clock, diamonds are set against each other. There are two versions of the Vintage 1945 Lady watch, silver-plated or smoky gray, each with two straps, white or black alligator leather.

 Girard Perregaux’s home-made movement GP02700 presents a sophisticated mechanical structure through a sapphire crystal case back. This GP Girard-Perregaux watch is the smallest self-winding movement of the brand. It is specially developed for women’s watches and is dedicated to female customers who have a strong interest in mechanical structure.

 When top design meets top technology, time is also there.

Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Lady
Technical specifications
Stainless steel case
Dimensions: 28.20 x 27.85 mm
Table mirror: anti-glare sapphire crystal
Case back: Sapphire crystal, fixed by 4 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters
Diamond decoration
Bezel: 30 diamonds
Dial: 2 diamonds
Total diamonds: 32, about 0.55 carats
GP02700-0003 movement
Automatic mechanical movement
Size: 8 3/4 French cents
Vibration frequency: 28,800 times / hour-(4 Hz)
Power reserve: 36 hours minimum
Gems: 26 rubies
Function: Hour, minute, date display
White alligator strap
Stainless steel folding clasp
Number: 25860D11A121-CK7A (silver dial)
Black alligator strap
Stainless steel folding clasp
Number: 25860D11A221-CK6A (Smoke Grey Dial)

 Girard Perregaux GP02700 Movement

 GP02700 is one of the latest self-winding movements developed by Girard-Perregaux. It has the characteristics of small structure and excellent workmanship. With a diameter of only 19.40 mm, the movement is perfect for women’s watches.

 Among all the technical features, the unidirectional rotating automatic rotor mounted on the ceramic ball bearing is a highlight. This design avoids the trouble of regularly lubricating the automatic rotor; in addition to the semi-instantaneous calendar system, in addition, the movement of the movement The wheel train can display the seconds in the form of a centered second hand, small seconds at 9 o’clock or 10 o’clock without adding any mechanical module. Depending on the position of the second hand, as long as through the double three-wheel parts, the seconds can be changed The wheels are integrated into the transmission wheel system, without the assistance of friction spring parts; no matter the position of the second hand, it can be pushed forward crisply and neatly, without the need for special adjustment by the watchmaker. In addition, the two ends of the balance wheel splint are fixed, which facilitates fine-tuning the balance wheel more accurately, making its long-term operation more reliable, and greatly simplifying the process of the watchmaker adjusting the balance wheel.

Relationship Between Enamel And French King’s Room

From 1630 to 1660, the enamel craftsmanship was a hidden housekeeping technique of goldsmiths in the small town of Blois, France. All the big names in Europe only sent orders here. In 1643, to celebrate the return of Lorraine, which borders Prussia, Germany, to the east, the subjects of the province customized a large-sized enamel gift dedicated to the Grand Duchess Marqheritte. The value of the gift exceeded the weight Of gold. The large number of enamelers and watchmakers had huge influence in all aspects of the province, and even the military and political officials in the provincial capital bowed down to the enamelsmith leader Christopher Morrier ( (Christophe Morlière, 1604-1644) to ask about good policies for governing the state. Born in Orleans, France, Morriet settled in Blois with his parents shortly after his birth. He grew up there and studied teaching, and later joined the enamel making industry, where he soon married Marie Poëte.
    When he got married, in 1630, he became the court goldsmith and sculptor of Archduke Casdon of Orleans. In 1632, he has successfully completed the production of enamel paintings on metal utensils. His growth indicates that French enamel paintings have entered a mature period. Many of his contemporary artisans have reached a very high level, everyone Since each one can win, the works are even more exciting and colorful. The technical exchange between peers has also greatly promoted the improvement of the overall level. Morrier and watchmaker Gugurs Le Mandel are best friends, but they also want to draw what kind of graphics on a watch case. Quarreling flowers. An enamel-painted wall chart collected by the Austrian royal family to this day is confirmed to be his work, while the movement is made by his wife and brother Jacques Poëte. Morrieux’s real competitor seemed to be Isaac Gribelin, who had served as a court goldsmith in 1218, who died in 1631. Another goldsmith, Jean Toutin, replaced Isaac Gribelin and made the most glorious achievement in European enamel history.

  Jean Dudin is ten years younger than Morrier and is the leader of the first generation of enamel micropainters. Prior to him, although the enamel technology has existed for more than a thousand years, the painting method of micro-painting enamel was truly mature and developed in his time. After revolutionizing the enamel color, he truly mastered the stability of the ‘kiln change’ of the enamel color. The layered transparent glaze between the two layers of color glaze) ‘,’ multiple calcinations ‘, completely eliminated the dreaded variegated enamel of different colors in each layer. The method he invented was eventually dubbed the ‘Din calcination method’, a technique that allowed painters to make very realistic micro-painted portraits. Apprentices across the continent have poured in to learn the latest technology under Dudding. After completing his studies, he returned to his own hometown and spread his teacher’s skills to all sides of the European continent. This technique has achieved remarkable success in the UK, especially in the field of portraiture. France’s most traditional watchmakers are even more fond of this technology, and they can’t help getting a finished product from Master Dudin himself. In Switzerland, known as the ‘watchmaking center’, enamelers quickly mastered this technique. The court of King Louis XIII of France immediately became the largest client. Dudin himself painted micro-painted portraits for each member of the family of Louis XIII. The watch industry across Europe is deeply grateful to Dudin. No one has reached the level that Dudin himself reached at the time.
 During the Second Empire, especially at the ‘Sevres’ porcelain and enamel workshop in the French royal family, two leaders Claudius Popelin and Alfred Meyer By vigorously advancing new techniques, the French ‘Limoges’ enamel was able to return to the spring of flowers. Porcelain and enamel are both beautiful, and writer Jean-Henri Demole wrote a special article: between 1875 and 1885, the style of porcelain and enamel was almost the same and they matched. It’s just that the “background color” is more intense, but the characters or utensils are more and more beautiful. This style is what Paris loves, and this craft is also made there. (Text / picture watch home think time)

Bell & Ross Red Limited Extreme ‘x’

The timer is undoubtedly the crown of the complex functions of aviation instruments. It can accurately measure a short time and has become an indispensable tool for navigation. For this reason, the chronograph function has always enjoyed a special status in aviation watch expert Bell & Ross. There is no doubt that BELL & ROSS’s latest masterpiece BR-X1 is a chronograph, but it is not limited to this. Its rare skeletonized chronograph design is an outstanding movement combining high-quality watchmaking and extremely light craftsmanship. Its upper bridge (after black DLC treatment) has an ‘X’ shape, which becomes its unique logo. ‘X’ is the code name of a NASA experimental project, so this watch is named BR-X1.

BR-X1 is a collection of Bell & ROSS professional and complex watch manufacturing technology. It is an innovative and stylish watch, limited to 50 pieces.

The BR-X1’s 5-level titanium bottom cover continues the Bell & Ross tradition, with a small circular opening to show the ‘beating heart’ of the balance wheel. The dial is made of grey inorganic glass with fine metal indexes with luminous inserts, like a transparent window for admiring the unique movement. The delicate Superluminova® luminous hands are clearly legible.
The central hour and minute hands indicate time in the traditional way, while the small second hand is at 3 o’clock. The skeleton date display is located at 6 o’clock. The countdown timer in the countdown function is located at 9 o’clock. Instead of the hands, the chronograph uses an ultra-light aluminum plate like a turbine blade. The tachymeter scale on the bezel is used to calculate speed; each countdown function is delicately embellished with red. The strap is woven from a black rubber band, reminiscent of the woven canvas strap used by modern astronauts. The buckle is made of stainless steel with black molded rubber inserts, which is both strong and elegant. The buckle is fixed to the strap by a pin and two hex screws. The distinctive design of the BR-X1 combines a sporty look that combines high-tech functions with high-end watch decoration, setting off a revolution in the watch industry, and also marking a new chapter in BELL & ROSS .