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Blancpain makes incredible pieces! I got an up close and personal look at the Grand Complication, 18k rose gold piece last Sunday. Wow! Nothing that I could wear but mad respect for the talent involved in producing a unit like that!
 

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TUNAKLLR wrote:
Blancpain makes incredible pieces! I got an up close and personal look at the Grand Complication, 18k rose gold piece last Sunday. Wow! Nothing that I could wear but mad respect for the talent involved in producing a unit like that!
yeah, they make real good looking pieces.........too bad as long as your still buying your CRAP, youll never be able to afford them........but its okay, i know you wear your watches as a fashion statement and to make you look and feel more like a man, ........its cool..........you probably dont even know how to tell time, so why would you need a high end watch anyway.................:b
 

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Great article. Thank you for posting the link - here is the article if you have not seen it. Definitely go to the link also to see the pics! From http://www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=36&article_id=8556

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The Link Between Cars and WatchesA day with Blancpain, the Lamborghini of watches.
By Sam Mitani
November 2009

It's not unusual to find a car enthusiast who's also an ardent fan of mechanical timepieces. Both carmaking and watchmaking disciplines have much in common in terms of engineering, innovation and artistic impression.

Just as with automobiles, watches can be divided into distinct classes. There are the affordable quartz watches, sold at your neighborhood Target or Walmart, that cater to those who want nothing more from their watches than the time. Then there are the sportier timepieces, with more flair and style. These are still affordable yet a bit more expensive than the entry-level watches. Here, you'll see American brands like Timex and Armitron. Go up another level, and you arrive at the Japanese-made examples, built by the likes of Casio, Citizen and Seiko. The Japanese watches are reliable, stylish and precise, making them among the most popular with young enthusiasts. Climb another step up, and you're in the big leagues: the Swiss-made watches. You can liken these timepieces to European luxury cars such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Bentley. And like the cars, some models in the lineup can cost you a sizeable fortune.

Swiss watches, or watches that carry the label "Swiss Made," represent the highest degree of excellence in the watchmaking world. The "Swiss Made" moniker only appears on watches that meet a number of strict criteria; these include the origin of parts (about 60 percent of the parts of a movement must be made in Switzerland) and production costs (the majority of the production must be in Switzerland). So although some watches may be made by a Swiss company, they aren't allowed to wear the "Swiss Made" sign because they didn't meet the standards enforced by la Fédération de l'industrie horlogère suisse.

At the high end of the Swiss-Made-watch spectrum is Blancpain. It is the oldest watch company around, established in 1735, and is popular among hard-core enthusiasts all over the world. Its entry-level model, the Villeret, named after the city where the company was founded, costs about $7500, meaning it's not in the same league as your kid's Casio G-Shock. Blancpain recently formed an alliance with Lamborghini and the Super Trofeo race series (see Countersteer, December 2009). According to Blancpain boss Marc A. Hayek, the relationship was a natural one."Both Blancpain and Lamborghini represent the upper end of our respective markets. With Lamborghini's excellent image as a maker of sporty and exotic automobiles, we're hoping that this spills over to our brand. Blancpain is and will continue to be sportier and more daring than it has ever been, and with Lamborghini as a partner, it's a great first step," said Hayek, who's also an amateur race driver. Of note, Hayek was an avid Road & Track reader when he lived in the U.S.

Wanting to know more about what makes Blancpain watches so special, I traveled to the scenic Vallée de Joux located just outside of Lausanne, Switzerland, where Blancpain's factory, dubbed La Ferme (the Farm) is located. Here I saw firsthand what goes into making the world's finest watches.

Every watch produced by Blancpain is mechanical, meaning there is no battery. Although there are a number of battery-powered (quartz) Swiss watches in the marketplace, the most prestigious examples are the self-winding types, or what are commonly called automatic watches. There are more than 700 different mechanical pieces that go into making an automatic watch. Because I don't have enough space to describe how each piece works, here's a general explanation. Note the number of terms that are also used in the automotive world.

The heart of an automatic watch is the movement. In car terms, this is the engine. The movement is made up of many mechanical components, all working together to produce power. It is neatly situated in the watch case, or what we car guys call the body.

The largest piece of the movement is the rotor, a weight that rotates on a pivot; it provides the fuel to create the power. The natural movement of a person's wrist causes the rotor to move; the energy caused by this action is directly sent through a winding mechanism to the mainspring, where the energy is stored. A fully-wound mainspring usually supplies enough power to last two to four days. And to prevent the mainspring from over-winding (an over-wound mainspring produces knocking sounds, just like a car engine with bad fuel), a clutch is located on the device to release excess energy. Small cams connected to the main gears in the movement regulate the watch's accuracy of timekeeping. This takes place in what's called the watch's escapement. A tourbillon watch rotates that escapement (about one revolution per minute) to counter-effect the force of gravity.

In addition to just telling the time, the majority of watches in the marketplace have "complications," which include things like day, date, moon calendar, chronograph, etc. Blancpain's perpetual calendar watch knows which years are leap years, and its equation machine can also tell you how many minutes in excess or short of 24 hours there are in each day of the year. (Because of the earth's oblong orbit around the sun, only four days out of the calendar year are precisely 24 hours: April 16, June 14, September 1 and December 25.) Some watches have more than one complication, and when one has four of them, they are called Grand Complications. Kind of like a super luxury crossover. Only a handful of watchmakers make Grand Complication watches, with Blancpain being one of them. Its version has a tourbillon, split chronograph, perpetual calendar and minute repeater.
Like any automobile engine, lubrication is a key factor in proper operation; therefore, it's recommended that an automatic watch remain constantly running. Automatic watch winders are a must for those who don't wear their watches every day. Also, these watches require a tune-up every one to three years, just like a car. And when a major problem surfaces, a complete overhaul may be required. But the beauty of these high-end Swiss watches is that they usually last a lifetime. Some have been known to not miss a beat for several generations. I can't imagine a Ferrari or Lamborghini, driven every day, doing that
 

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some people are just out of line here not saying names TC AKA don :t
 
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