Blancpain created a series of watches to honor the great beauty in Chinese history



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    Blancpain dedicates a series of Villeret Metiers d’Arts timepieces to the legendary Four Great Beauties of China / Ph: Blancpain
  • 1- Xi Shi
  • This model depicts Xi Shi, the first of the Four Great Beauties, made in Grand Feu champleve enamel / Ph: Blancpain
  • 2- Diao Chan
  • This model depicts Diao Chan in a combination of shakudo and engraving as she stands against a mother-of-pearl moon / Ph: Blancpain
  • 3- Wang Zhạoun
  • This model depicts Wang Zhaojun against a snowy mountainous landscape using a combination of wood marquetry, Grand Feu champleve enamel, and engraving on gold and mother-of-pearl / Ph: Blancpain
  • 4- Yang Guifei
  • This model depicts Yang Guifei in a charmingly whimsical pose using miniature enamel painting / Ph: Blancpain

Specifically, it is inspired by four famous beauties woman of the Middle Empire including Xi Shi, Diao Chan, Wang Zhaojun, Yang Guifei.

Blancpain created a series of watches to honor the great beauty in Chinese history

Blancpain dedicates a series of Villeret Metiers d’Arts timepieces to the legendary Four Great Beauties of China / Ph: Blancpain

1- Xi Shi

There are no denying that Xi Shi was a great beauty of the Spring and Autumn period (772-481 BC). She was born in a mountain village in the State of Yue where is Zhejiang province now. Legend has it that Xi Shi has the beauty of making fish stop swimming and dive into the bottom of the water.

Blancpain created a series of watches to honor the great beauty in Chinese history

This model depicts Xi Shi, the first of the Four Great Beauties, made in Grand Feu champleve enamel / Ph: Blancpain

To commemorate this special scene, artisans of Blanspain have used the enameling technique of Grand Feu champlevé. Solid gold motifs are meticulously hand-carved. After that, enamels was applied inside the places sculpted in the mass in order to create the colourful decoration. In fact, to imitate the clarity of the stream, Blancpain used translucent enamel. The carp appears on the dial of the watch depending on the light effect.        

2- Diao Chan

Blancpain created a series of watches to honor the great beauty in Chinese history

This model depicts Diao Chan in a combination of shakudo and engraving as she stands against a mother-of-pearl moon / Ph: Blancpain

It is thue to say that Diao Chan is a beauty appearing in Chinese folk legend, originating from the Three Kingdoms novel of La Quan Trung. With beauty makes the moon shy and hiding behind the clouds, She is considered one of the four beauties in Chinese culture contemporary period.

The dial dedicated to Diao Chan very special. expressing the sophistication of the Blanspain in the engraving and shakudo. Shakudo, an alloy made of godd and copper, is used for the base of the dial,which helps to remind of the sunset. With the ingenuity of artisans, the image of Diao Chan who is meditating near an iridescent mother-of-pearl moon are perfectly portrayed.

3- Wang Zhạoun

The same as Xi Shi and Diao Chan, Wang Zhaojun is one of four great beauties of China’s history. She was  part of the harem  of Emperor Yuan and then, she became the wife of Hu Hanye.

Blancpain created a series of watches to honor the great beauty in Chinese history

This model depicts Wang Zhaojun against a snowy mountainous landscape using a combination of wood marquetry, Grand Feu champleve enamel, and engraving on gold and mother-of-pearl / Ph: Blancpain

To evoke the scene when she is separated from her tribe, artisans of Blanspain created a masterpiece. Because of using marquetry made of noble wood, combined with Grand Feu champlevé enamel; They successfully reproduced the image of snowy mountains. Thanks to that, her beauty is vividly reproduced.

4- Yang Guifei

Yang Guifei was the concubine of the Tang dynasty . She lived in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). It is said that she had a beauty that made the flower shrunk because of shame.

Blancpain created a series of watches to honor the great beauty in Chinese history

This model depicts Yang Guifei in a charmingly whimsical pose using miniature enamel painting / Ph: Blancpain

Artisans of Blanspain has painted the dial of the watch which is the final piece in this special series with a depiction of a slightly inebriated Yang Guife, in a charmingly whimsical pose. There are a lot of processes to create this masterpiece, Starting with the preparation of the surface, polishing carefully,..

There are few things in common of the four pieces in this unique series such as they have a 42mm red gold shell, the are driven by Caliber 13RA3.

It is a collection of watches that are worthy of our own possession.

Blancpain created a series of watches to honor the great beauty in Chinese history

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