To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Swiss luxury watchmaker Blancpain has created a new timepiece with a porcelain dial, which has been entirely hand-crafted in its Métiers d’Art workshops, using techniques that require precision, patience, dexterity and meticulous attention to detail.
The new watches, which mark the introduction of the traditional Chinese skill of porcelain production at the Swiss manufacturer, are distinguished by an unprecedented level of decoration. Each of the enamelled dials has been painted freehand, with images of rats, the Chinese zodiac animal for 2020, before being fired in a kiln at 1,200 degrees.
Powered by a 1154 automatic movement with hours, minutes and seconds functions, and a 100-hour power reserve, the watch, which is housed in a 33-mm diameter white-gold case, features a bezel set with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds. Each of the eight one-of-a-kind Blancpain timepieces of this limited edition will be presented with an alligator strap.