Blancpain Repurchases A Watch Owned By Marilyn Monroe For $ 225,000

Blancpain repurchased a Blancpain watch that Marilyn Monroe once owned for $ 225,000 and brought it back to Switzerland, its country of origin.

   From November 19th to 20th, 2016, Julian Auctions auctioned a number of personal and commemorative items related to Marilyn Monroe in Los Angeles, including this Art Deco diamond watch.

   According to the auction catalogue, the watch’s platinum case is engraved with ‘KO 900 Plat 100 Irid’ and the movement is engraved with ‘Blancpain Rayville Watch Co.’, estimated at $ 80-120,000.

   Marilyn Monroe once said, ‘Diamonds are women’s best friends.’ But in fact, she doesn’t have much jewelry. Mr. Mark Hayek, President and CEO of Blancpain said, ‘I am very pleased to repurchase this special timepiece, which was once owned by the most influential star in the United States. Where it was made. ‘

Cleaving Waves And Cutting Waves The Legendary History Of The Marine Astronomical Clock

Without accurate timing equipment, the ocean may still be a vast unexplored water area. So how do watchmaking and navigation meet? ‘Free man, you will always love the sea!’-This line of verses from Charles Baudelaire’s ‘Man and the Sea’ is of special significance to horology. Without a precise method of measuring time, navigators will never be able to open up new routes away from pirate gatherings and dangerous coastlines. From the mid-18th century, Marine Chronometers and Deck Watches promoted the discovery of ‘new’ continents and Pacific island civilizations, enabling scientists to add the final land to the world map.
   In 1707, a British fleet suffered a shipwreck in the Isles of Scilly, four ships sank and nearly 2,000 crew members were killed. In 1714, the British Parliament passed the Longitude Act and set up a prize of 20,000 pounds (equivalent to 17 million pounds today), seeking a practical method of maritime positioning of ships (within 30 miles). Subsequent claims came out endlessly, but one was more luxurious than the other, so that the most outstanding minds began to doubt whether there were other forms of implementation besides astronomical instruments.

Athens Nautical Astronomical Clock, 1939
Long live British
   Astronomy is a well-respected science. Watchmakers, including George Graham (1673-1751), believed that the answer to the question of ‘longitude’ must be found from the sky and stars, and necessary with the help of complex tables and abacus Calculation. Unexpectedly, John Harrison (1693-1776), a carpenter without formal watchmaking education, overturned existing theories. In the early 1730s, John Harrison created the H1 navigation clock, proving that accurate timekeeping is an effective way to locate at sea.
   The nautical clock (especially H4) made by John Harrison proved its worth, but also reflected the lack of manufacturing of other clocks, that is, it can only be built by hand, one at a time. In 1769, another watchmaker, Lakham Kendall, imitated the H4 to produce the K1; in 1772, the latter sailed with Captain Cook for the second time. However, replicating John Harrison’s nautical clock is complex and time-consuming. Want to equip all ocean-going ships with accurate timepieces. Only hope that visionary watchmakers can develop a more replicable mechanism and more suitable for Mass-production escapement, and its travel time accuracy cannot be lower than the observatory’s specification clock.

Arnold Frodsham pocket watch
Start slowly
   John Arnold (1736-1799) and Thomas Enshaw (1749-1829) in the UK, Julien (1686-1759) and Pierre (1717-1785) of the Leroy brothers in Paris, and Ferdinand Burr in Switzerland Tehud is dedicated to the development of accurate and reliable timing instruments. Encouraged by the Longitude Commission and Royal Astronomer Neville Muskillin (1732-1811 proposed the method of measuring the longitude by observing the moon), the production of British timepieces began to move towards small scale. Even so, by the beginning of the 20th century, many ships sailing along the coastline and even distant the high seas were not equipped with reliable timing instruments. Most of them still used the nautical calendar and monthly distance to rely on daily observations to reasonably estimate the position at sea.
   Some officials on military and merchant ships carry timepieces with them, making comparative measurements with the help of sextants and mathematical calculations. In the second half of the 19th century, the rise and development of the Industrial Revolution drove the demand for raw materials and ocean-going ships. This prompted shipowners to equip ships with reliable timing equipment so that the captain could accurately locate at sea and add extra protection for the valuable cargo being transported.

Hamilton Nautical Astronomical Clock Limited Edition
Industrial Age
   Prior to the advent of long-range weather forecasts and satellite navigation, captains often traveled with the tried-and-tested marine astronomical clock. From the mid-19th century, more and more ships drifted across the sea, bringing tea, cotton, precious metals and spices to new markets. The market demand for marine astronomical clocks exceeded the actual supply. Shipowners are willing to contribute generously to precise timepieces to ensure that the investment is safely landed, and many watchmakers are happy to meet this demand. Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin (1823-1876) was one of them, and soon he challenged his British counterparts at a lower price. In the 1850s, Thomas Moser’s creations were famous for their quality among dozens of British nautical astronomical clock watchmakers.
   Although still regarded as a model for the industry, not all creations come from individuals (such as Ulysse Nardin or Thomas Moser); industrial companies also have a say. During World War II, American manufacturer Hamilton supplied a large number of marine astronomical clocks to the military (8,902 seats in the US Navy; 1,500 seats in the Maritime Commission; 500 seats in the US Air Force). Wempe, Viking, Gub and Cordes from Glashütte supply the German Navy; L. Leroy, Breguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Dodane and Auricoste supply the French Navy; Dent, Thomas Mercer and Arnold & Frodsham supply the British Navy. Brands such as Zenith and Omega also provided precision timing equipment to the Allies. The classic design of the Athenian watch was cleverly copied by Soviet watchmakers. It is said that only experts can distinguish the Swiss movement (the balance diamond is a diamond) from the former Soviet Union. The difference between the movement (the balance diamond is red synthetic sapphire).

Leroy Observatoire Chronometer
Perpetual tradition
   The cost is more affordable, the timing is more accurate, and it is more in line with Navy specifications. The electromechanical equipment (including L. Leroy) that appeared in the 1950s marked the beginning of the end of the traditional marine astronomical clock, although there are still many high-quality products on the market. Subsequently, the advent of radio direction finding gave a fatal blow to traditional marine timing and positioning instruments. Nevertheless, the sailors still carried the marine astronomical clock and sextant to the sea. These instruments were carefully preserved and have remained in value for decades.
   In fact, real seafarers know that once the ship’s inertial navigation system, the marine astronomical clock and sextant can be used to mark any place in the ocean. Unfortunately, no professional manufacturer has yet launched a marine astronomical clock with a sesame chain system and a pawl escapement (the most efficient freestyle escapement). If sailing enthusiasts are eager to relive the experience of their predecessors, they must switch to the products of the former Soviet Union, which are relatively easy to obtain and in good maintenance; or search for military instruments from the 1850s to the early 1960s, but these are out of repair for many years and are no longer suitable Nautical applications. Finally, in the face of global conflicts, naval forces that do not have their own positioning systems still call for the instruments of the past, which is back to the problem of oversupply. Fortunately or unfortunately, any quartz watch is capable today!

Audemars Piguet Joins Hands With The Stars To Shine At The 66th Tony Awards

The 66th Tony Awards (the Anthony Perry Awards) was held recently at the Beacon Theater in New York. Audemars Piguet has been the theme sponsor for four consecutive years, and has joined many stars on the red carpet.
Elizabeth Davis
    That night, Elizabeth Davis, who was nominated for best supporting actress in a lead role in the musical ‘Once’, and Max Von Essen and ‘The Rock Age’ who are currently performing the remake of ‘Evita’ on Broadway Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages) all wore Audemars Piguet wrists to express themselves. Davis wore a royal oak rose gold self-winding watch set with 40 round diamonds, matching her elegant dress. Max Von Essen attended the Royal Oak Stainless Steel Automatic winding watch, and Constantine Maroulis chose the Royal Oak rose gold chronograph with Royal Oak cufflinks.
Max Von Essen
Constantine Maroulis
About Tony Awards:
    This annual award is the highest honor award on Broadway in the United States. Founded by the American Theatre Association in 1947, it is named after the late actress and producer Anthony Perry, and is designed to praise Broadway. Outstanding performers in theatre and musicals. The awards include Best Drama, Best Musical, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Adapted Musical Screenplay. In addition, the awards include Best Actor, Best Director, Best Music, Best Choreography, Best Set and Best Costume.

Blue And Silver Meet Lange 1815 Chronograph Watch Tasting

Lange 1815 CHRONOGRAPH with its unique white 18K gold watch and blue numbers and pulsometer scales, exudes unique charm. Ferdinando Adolf Lange led Saxony as the hub of German precision watchmaking in the 19th century. To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the brand launched this special edition chronograph this year.

   Since 2010, 1815 CHRONOGRAPH has become an example of a combination of classic design and cutting-edge technology. Arabic numerals on the dial and minutes on the train track are reminiscent of Lange’s charming pocket watch. The combination of blue and silver creates an elegant temperament, and the precision movement highlights Lange’s excellent watchmaking tradition, which is thrilling.
   Watch House Watch Special Report team will continue to send you the freshest and most up-to-date watch information. If you want to know more about the 2015 Hong Kong Watch Fair, please pay attention to the report topic of ‘Watches and Miracles’.

China’s Tomorrow’s Opera Star Comes To Verona Domingo World Opera Vocal Contest Welcomes Its 20th Birthday (1993 – 2013)

From August 19th to 25th, 2013, the 21st Domingo World Opera Vocal Competition (Operalia) presented by Rolex was successfully held at the Verona Philharmonic Theater in Italy. The history of Operalia has left an unforgettable trail. As an anniversary, this year’s competition featured a strong contestant (a total of 12 contestants reached the final, only 10 in previous years), and a dedicated and masterful jury (a total of 14 judges from the world’s most prestigious music) (In the previous year, it was 12th place), plus the surprising result of the competition: Chinese low baritone Li Ao stood out and won the championship, making it a world-renowned heavyweight music event.

Chinese Low Baritone Li Aoyong Wins the Laureate
   ‘Operalia is an Olympic event in the opera world. Singers from all over the world compete here, fight hard, and finally win. The fresh vitality and blood shine with the passion and joy of life, all of which prove the opera career It will last forever, evergreen. ‘
                                     ——Plácido Domingo

Message from founder Domingo

Winners of the 21st Domingo World Opera Vocal Competition
Winners of 2013

The Culturarte Prize
The prize is $ 10,000. Courtesy of Guillermo and Bertita Martínez. Picked by Belarusian tenor Vladimir Dmitruk (age 26).

The Don Plácido Domingo, Sr., Zarzuela Prize
The prize is $ 10,000. Picked by American tenor singer Benjamin Bliss (age 27).

The Pepita Embil Domingo Zarzuela Prize
The prize is $ 10,000. Picked by Korean soprano singer Hae Ji Chang (29 years old).

Two Birgit Nilsson Prizes (Wagner-Strauss Repertory)
The prize money is $ 15,000 each. It was picked by British alto singer Claudia Huckle (31) and American soprano singer Tracy Cox (27).

Third prize two
The prize money is $ 10,000 each. They were picked by American soprano singer Kathryn Lewek (30 years old) and American tenor singer Zach Borichevsky (29 years old).

Second prize two
The prize money is $ 20,000 each. They were picked by French soprano singer Julie Fuchs (29 years old) and Italian baritone singer Simone Piazzola (28 years old).

First prize two
The prize money is $ 30,000 each. It was picked by Russian soprano singer Aida Garifullina (25 years old) and Chinese low baritone singer Li Ao (25 years old).

Two Most Popular Audience Awards
Each received a watch from Rolex. Picked by American soprano singer Kathryn Lewek (age 30) and Italian baritone singer Simone Piazzola (age 28).
Program list
Vladimir Dmitruk, tenor (Belarus)
P. I. Cajkovskij Evgenij Onegin Kuda, kuda udalilis

Mirella Bunoaica, Soprano (Romania)
V. Bellini I Puritani Qui la voce

Julie Fuchs, Soprano (France)
G. Rossini Le Comte Ory En proie à la tristesse

Claudia Huckle, Alto (UK)
R. Wagner Das Rheingold Weiche, Wotan, weiche

Irina Churilova, Soprano (Russia)
G. Verdi La forza del destino Pace, pace

Zach Borichevsky, tenor (USA)
J. F. Halévy La Juive Rachel, quand du Seigneur

Hae Ji Chang, Soprano (Korea)
G. Verdi Rigoletto Caro nome

Aida Garifullina, Soprano (Russia)
V. Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi Oh! Quante volte ti chiedo

Simone Piazzola, baritone (Italy)
G. Verdi Don Carlo Io morrò, ma lieto in core

Kathryn Lewek, Soprano (US)
G. Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Regnava nel silenzio

Tracy Cox, Soprano (USA)
G. Verdi Un Ballo in maschera Morrò, ma prima in grazia

Li Ao, Soprano (China)
S. Rachmaninov Aleko Ves tabor spit

Zarzuela part

Zach Borichevsky, Tenor (USA)
P. Luna La pícara molinera Pajarin, tú que vuelas

Hae Ji Chang, Soprano (Korea)
M. Nieto y G. Giménez El barbero de Sevilla Me llaman la primorosa

Benjamin Bliss, Tenor (US)
J. Guerrero Los gavilanes Flor roja

Diego Silva, Tenor (Mexico)
P. Sorozábal La tabernera del puerto No puede ser

Praise to Operalia, Ensemble
Placido Domingo Jr.
Rolex and Domingo World Opera Vocal Competition

   The Domingo World Opera Vocal Contest was founded in 1993 by Mr. Placido Domingo, a famous international tenor. As one of the most outstanding performing artists in opera history, Mr. Domingo has been a Rolex brand spokesman since 1982. He is not only a legend in the music industry, but also a generous and enthusiastic mentor, and has always given his full support to talented young artists. Mr. Domingo’s idea of ​​hosting this annual event stems from his early experience as a professional singer. He is well aware that artistic newcomers need professional artistic education opportunities, and he is looking forward to showcasing their talents. This event not only provides support and opportunities for young singers in the above two aspects, but also further helps them gain worldwide recognition. This is due to the high reputation of the event and the continuous support of Mr. Domingo for the winners.
   By presenting the Domingo World Opera Vocal Contest, Swiss watch leader Rolex continues to fulfill its commitment to art. Rolex continues to support those talented individuals and institutions that share our values ​​and are constantly striving for perfection and excellence. Mr. Placido Domingo and the World Opera Vocal Contest that he devoted to his heart have perfectly interpreted these spirits and can establish a close cooperative relationship with them. Rolex is proud of it.
   Over the past 20 years, this talented and unique competition has become a major event in the global music industry. The success of the event year after year is due to Mr. Domingo for his enthusiasm, generosity and dedication. The new generation of singers participating in the contest, like the competition itself, are fully committed to excellence, personal achievements and creative talents, which are in line with the characteristics of Rolex.

OPERALIA 2014…. Meet in Los Angeles!

Remembrance Of The Opening Celebration Of Patek Philippe Yuandi Peacock Watch

In October, Patek Philippe’s Shanghai store was relocated to the Bund, and it was unveiled as a ‘Maison Patek Philippe’. As a dedication to the Patek Philippe Source House, a special month-long “source house special timing exhibition” was presented, displaying a total of 23 precision timepieces, which are unique art treasures. Patek Philippe Opening Ceremony Watch Peacock Watch
The rose gold “Peacock” watch features a filigree enamel and pink mother-of-pearl dial. The filigree enamel peacock on the dial is drawn from 60 cm long gold wire, 12 opaque or translucent enamel colors and enamel colors. The second fire takes 45 hours. Rose gold willow leaf hands, bezel and lugs set with 113 diamonds (about 0.8 carats), pin buckle set with 29 diamonds (about 0.22 carats); satin strap for soft and comfortable wearing; powered by Caliber 240 Provided by a self-winding movement; a sapphire crystal caseback, enjoying the elegant movement of a precision movement. Limited edition.
The white gold ‘Peacock’ watch uses a filigree enamel and Tahiti black mother-of-pearl dial. The dial is painted with 60 cm gold threads and 15 opaque or translucent enamel colors and colors. It took up to 45 hours to complete the colorful, noble and beautiful peacock pattern. Platinum dagger pointer. Dark blue alligator strap with pin buckle. Power is provided by the Caliber 240 ultra-thin self-winding movement. Sapphire who crystal through the cover. Limited edition.

Rm 60-01 Flyback Chronograph With Pierre Yuanhang

The first beloved friend of the navigator brand
Wear RM 60-01 Regatta Flyback Chronograph
Currently using the monohull Marizia II to concentrate on preparing for the 2019 Jacques-Wabri race

 The passion of the son and entrepreneur of the Princess of Monaco who has just passed the age is sailing. As the first navigator of the RICHARD MILLE brand, the young royal member combined his two identities and co-sponsored ‘Sail for a Cause’. In short, such personality is very attractive to RICHARD MILLE.

 This passion for the ocean is by no means accidental. For Pierre Casiraghi, sailing is a second choice. In 2010, all this became the focus of Pierre, thanks to his experience in Tuga. Tuga, the flagship club of the Monaco Yacht Club, is now its vice president. He is an excellent helmsman and has steered many legendary sailing boats:
VOR70, MOD70, IMOCA, GC32, TP 52, Esimit … and won many famous sailing competitions and awards, such as Palermo-Monte Carlo (two awards for the TP 52 model), Giraglia Rolex Cup overseas Ismet Europa Second generation, cape to rio yacht race (this record is still unbreakable today), fast net racing (good third place for doubles) and Mediterranean racing (excellent award).

 In 2016, Pierre formed his own sailing team and purchased a new generation of catamarans to participate in the GC32 race. The ship was named ‘Maria’ (meaning ‘dexterous’), and in the narrative of the fascinating history of the Grimaldi family, the ship represented a frightening bet: ‘Although my teammate Boris Herrmann has no experience driving this type of boat, but we want to set sail immediately and face the challenge. We decided to buy a new ‘flying’ catamaran. This is a very risky bet. ‘However, speak with results More than anything. Since their first regatta on Lake Garda, they have successfully surpassed their opponents by a few straight voyages, leading Franck Cammas, Nathan Outteridge and Ian Ashby. They are all giants in the maritime industry and have the American Cup. Eligibility. The Marizia II is a new generation of 69-foot monohull. Recently, this pair of Monaco duo will be participating in the first race of the Global Series with the Marizia II. To Pierre, he belongs to a new generation of captains and is a gentleman without courage. His current main goal is to form a duo with Borris and use their monohull to compete in the Transat Jacques Vabre doubles. Pierre’s love of adventure, his demanding nature and his pursuit of transcendence all resonate with RICHARD MILLE. ‘I’m really surprised by what Richard has achieved as an entrepreneur; he has succeeded in creating a unique and innovative brand.’

 For the Richard Mille family, Pierre’s addition is an excellent opportunity to test the RM 60-01 Regatta flyback chronograph, and to confirm its complete adaptability, especially for natural navigation conditions and the harshness caused by seawater corrosion environmental impact. Speaking of his watch, Pierre said, ‘I like its construction, besides that, it is the first mechanical watch I have ever seen that has both a moving and orienting compass. There are two moving and orienting compasses. An important navigation tool. ‘Therefore, it is natural for him to sail with this self-winding flyback chronograph, which is simply an advanced watch for sailing. ‘

Chopin 150th Anniversary Watch Preview

Chopard Ultra-Colorful Diamond High Jewellery Watch
满足 In order to meet the participants’deep pursuit of luxury beauty, Chopard will set up the second day of the“ Chopin Jewellery and Watch Exhibition ”on the second day of the Haitian Festival. Chopard will display Chopard’s extremely detailed and absolutely perfect products in front of guests. Let’s first take a look at these fine jewelry and watches!

Chopard Diamond Watch
Ladies’ white gold watch set with pentagonal and brilliant-cut diamonds (21.48 ct). Round dial with diamonds (2.70 carats). Mechanical movement with manual winding, water-resistant to 30 meters. Equipped with hour and minute functions, the power reserve is about 46 hours. Curved bracelet bracelet in white gold set with 80 square-cut diamonds and 290 round diamonds.

Clustering Masterpiece Cartier Clé De Cartier Watch

The shape has been completely simplified, and it is back to true. The key to everything is precision, balance and proportion. Cartier uses superb skills to create a flawless streamlined appearance, elegant and simple style, and a harmonious and unified beauty. The sharp edges of the case no longer exist, the bezel is delicate and rounded, and the lugs are soft tapered. All the parts are integrated into this flowing masterpiece.
  The overall details of the watch:

The watch uses ancient Roman numerals, exuding a touch of retro feel

Calendar display window at six o’clock

The new crown looks exactly like a key

The watch is studded with gorgeous diamonds for the modern woman

Diamond setting craftsmanship

Cartier 1847MC workshop refined, automatic mechanical movement

  ‘CLÉ’ in French means key, and the new crown looks exactly like a key. This new way of adjusting the time and date with this crown sets a precedent in watchmaking, reminiscent of the ancient tradition of using keys to wind timepieces. The crown is slender and simple, and is decorated with a sapphire. The setting process is different from the traditional method. The cleverly embedded gem is flush with the metal that covers it.

  The above is the latest SIHH 2015 cutting-edge information brought to you by the special editor of Watch House. Next, we will provide more and more intuitive exhibition reports, so please pay attention. (Picture / text watch home Li Shuai)

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Thousands Of Legends Blancpain Joins Hands With The National Oceanic Administration And Chenlong To Explore The Ocean

On June 10, 2014, Blancpain, the oldest mechanical watch brand in Switzerland with the longest history, held the theme dinner of “Deep Sea Dragon Dragon Thousand Legends” and Blancpain 2014 in Sanya, Hainan. Haas Fifty Fathoms Awards Ceremony. On the day of the event, many guests, media, and Blancpain dealers witnessed this legendary moment. In addition, Blancpain and the State Oceanic Administration jointly announced at the banquet to officially announce the double
Fang’s cooperation framework in the field of marine public welfare. On the night of the event, Chen Suzhen, President of Swatch Group China, and Marc Blancpain, Global Vice President and Sales Director of Blancpain.
Junod, Blancpain Vice President Liao Yu, Blancpain China, Blancpain Brand Culture Ambassador Liang Wendao, Wu Xiaobo and Brand Art Ambassador Feng Yuanzheng, and State Oceanic Administration Mission Center
The director Gai Guangsheng and the submarines of Fulong represented Fu Wentao, Ye Cong, Tang Jialing and others attended the ceremony.

At the entrance of the venue, a 1: 1 scale model of the ‘Liaolong’ was restored.
 Before entering the banquet hall, I finally saw my favorite Blancpain Fifty Fathoms series product. Among them, the complex calendar full-time flyback chronograph model and the classic basic three-pin basic model, whether it is a simple model or a complex model. At a moment, the products showed the characteristics of Blancpain’s 50-inch product, which is excellent waterproof performance.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Series 5066F-1140 Full Calendar Flyback Chronograph.

The new steel belt model Blancpain is fifty.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Series 5015B-1130 watch, large diameter 45 mm, 5.65 mm ultra-thin movement design.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5015-1144 ladies watch, waterproof to 300 meters.

 The Blancpain diving diving watch, which became the standard equipment of the ‘Dragon’, originated from the legendary Fifty Fathoms watch family. Since the birth of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms series in 1952, it has established seven industry standards for modern diving watches with many patented technologies and product characteristics, and has become the standard equipment of many naval powers. It is truly field-tested. Collection of diving watches.
 As the longest-established Swiss watch brand and the founder of modern professional diving watches, Blancpain’s name is closely linked to the ocean and has always supported the world’s marine exploration and underwater scientific research organizations. Marc Junod, Blancpain’s global vice president and sales director, said: ‘The maximum dive depth of 7062 meters, and a number of cutting-edge functions to complete complex tasks, mean that the’ Dragon ‘can be used in a wide area of ​​99.8% of the world’s ocean area. In recent years, under the leadership of the State Oceanic Administration of China, the ‘Longlong’ manned submersible has continuously achieved impressive results in the deep ocean. This has impressed the world and is also reminiscent of the five of the king series of diving watches Tens of people, they share the same trait-powerful, passionate, and unparalleled! Taking this opportunity, Blancpain will officially launch a cooperation framework with the State Oceanic Administration to further enhance the brand’s investment and contribution to marine public welfare. ‘

 Coconut forest, the sound of waves. With the warm sea breeze of Sanya at night approaching the venue, the huge model of ‘Liaolong’ first came into view. With a tough body of about 11 meters in length, the ‘Dragon Dragon’ set an impressive record of diving into 7062 meters underwater. The model is made in a 1: 1 ratio, presenting a completely real ‘Liaolong’ in front of everyone. The guests were full of interest, not only stepped forward to take a closer look, but also took photos with the ‘Dragon Dragon’.

 After the ‘Dragon Dragon’, they entered the mysterious ocean kingdom. On the stage and around, the dining table and roof are carefully decorated with huge LED screens, and the deep blue of the sea permeates the entire dinner scene. Suddenly, the blue sky above the head sinks into the ocean, and wherever the eye moves, the second hand moves continuously, dives and deepens, and the blue of the ocean gradually deepens until it is dark. The wonderful opening light show led the guests to dive into the deep sea and experience the charm and shock of the ocean as if they were there.

 Immediately afterwards, Feng Yuanzheng, Blancpain’s ambassador for the art of the Blancpain brand, turned his longing and love for the sea into freedom and generosity, and emerged in a Pushkin’s poem ‘To the Sea’.
 Marc Junod, Blancpain Global Vice President and Sales Director
 At this point, the theme dinner of “The Legend of the Thousand Dragons of the Deep Ocean” and the 2014 Blancpain Blancpain Hans Fifty Fathoms Awards Ceremony officially began. Krov Menuhin, Chairman of the Hans Haas Fifty Fathom Awards Committee, and Marc Junod, Blancpain’s Global Vice President and Sales Director, announced that the new award will be awarded to the ‘Dragon’ manned submersible in recognition of the ‘Dragon’ Manned submersibles have made outstanding contributions to human diving and marine public welfare.

 Blancpain executives will award Blancpain Hans Haas 50th Prize in 2014, to the ‘Dragon’ manned submersible, and the first deputy chief designer of the ‘Dragon’ Cui Weicheng, and donate Blancpain submersible Bathyscaphe Watches and wall clocks (from left to right: Cui Weicheng, the first deputy chief designer of the ‘Dragon’, Marc Junod, global vice president and sales director of Blancpain, Chen Ning from the Mission Center of the National Oceanic Administration, and Chen Suzhen, president of Swatch Group China) (Fu Wentao, Tang Jialing and Ye Cong, submarines of the ‘Nine Dragons’, Liao Yu, Vice President of Blancpain China)
 In addition, the individual award was also awarded to Cui Weicheng, the first deputy chief designer of the overall and integration project leader of the ‘Liaolong’ manned submersible. Fu Wentao, Ye Cong, Tang Jialing and Cui Weicheng took the stage to receive medals on behalf of the submersibles of the ‘Dragon Dragon’, as well as diving equipment provided by Blancpain Blanchescaphe watches and wall clocks. ‘No.’ standard equipment will dive into the deep sea together in the future and provide assistance for China’s deep sea scientific research. For the dark world that ordinary people cannot reach, the submarines’ representatives showed you the magical journey of exploring the depths of the ocean by operating the ‘Dragon Dragon’ through their own experiences.

 Subsequently, Gai Guangsheng, director of the Mission Center of the State Oceanic Administration, shared China’s many initiatives in the field of marine public welfare and its future plans with Blancpain. At the end of the dinner, the famous singer Li Jian came to the stage, and finished with a melodious music for the dinner and the award ceremony. (Picture / text watch home Zhang Wenhao)

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