A fireworks of culinary and horological highlights

Last weekend I had the pleasure to spend a few days with Blancpain and the brand ambassador Chef Holger Bodendorf for the 20th Sylt Gourmet Festival.

Landhaus Stricker

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My top 3 watches of 2018

This year I had the pleasure of more encounters with new Blancpain timepieces than ever before. Obviously Baselworld was the main event for the Blancpain novelties, but in 2018 we have got some new and exciting watches throughout the year, with the latest one being introduced just prior to Christmas.

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Hands-on with the Basel novelties part 2: the amazing Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde

This timepiece left me breathless, personally I have not encountered anything remotely close to the beautiful sensuality of the Blancpain Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde. I’m in love.

Blancpain Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde

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A visit to Blancpain in the Vallée de Joux

“Blancpain perpetuates its historical links with Switzerland’s oldest watchmaking tradition by making its timepieces at Le Brassus and Le Sentier, respectively a village and a hamlet in the Joux Valley. This region of the Waldensian Jura is imbued with the soul of the watchmaker’s art. Clockmaking began here in about 1740, and its workshops are still the source of 90% of the complications of Swiss mechanical watchmaking” (Blancpain website)

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit Blancpain in the Vallée de Joux (a first time for me) and I would like to share my impressions and of course a few photos with you. Due to the high number of photos (close to 100), the majority will be displayed as collages. I hope you’ll enjoy this report nonetheless

Having started in Paudex (Lausanne), enjoying inspiring and relaxed conversations with some representatives of Blancpain about current and past timepieces, the family like atmosphere combined with strong passion for the brand became evident immediately, and it carried on in all locations. You can sense that there is more to it than simply running a business, and apart from any romanticizing the dedication to creating a beautiful timepiece appears to be the strongest driver within the Manufacture.

The journey went on from spring like weather in Lausanne to winter in the Jura within one hour 😉

A visit to Blancpain in the Vallée de Joux

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Haute Horlogerie meets Haute Cuisine: At the Sylt Gourmet Festival with Blancpain

Since many years selected Chefs combine their art and craftmanship with the horological finesse of Blancpain, acting as brand ambassadors. Traditionally the Blancpain publication Lettres du Brassus covers Haute Cuisine as well as Haute Horlogerie, and sometimes there is a rare opportunity to join both arts during an event.

Last weekend, Blancpain invited to join them and their German brand ambassador Chef Holger Bodendorf during the 19th annual Sylt Gourmet Festival. With great pleasure and fantastic memories I can share some impressions taken during the event, although I will focus on the horological elements 😉

Chef Holger Bodendorf’s home base, the Landhaus Stricker on the German island of Sylt, was decorated appropriately to welcome the guests…

At the Sylt Gourmet Festival with Blancpain

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