Celebrating the intimate connection between haute cuisine and haute horlogerie, Blancpain recently hosted an exclusive event at Sühring, one of the city’s most prestigious restaurants. Awarded two Michelin stars for its creative interpretation of German cuisine, the fine dining space was the perfect backdrop for the renowned Swiss watchmaker to introduce their new 2019 launches — the Villeret Extra-plate, Fifty Fathoms Barakuda and the Air Command Chronograph.
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A long appreciator of the finer things in life, Blancpain is renowned for their passion and commitment towards the art of gastronomy. In fact, it was back in 1986 that they first presented one of their coveted timepieces to acclaimed Chef Frédy Girardet, commemorating his winning the ‘World’s Best Chef’ award. It was in continuing this tradition of recognising exceptional talent that the brand chose to entertain selected guests to a fine dining event at Sühring. The restaurant recently ranked fourth in the 2019 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, as well as 45th on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
The meal revolved around the broader theme of ‘Art de Vivre’ (or the Art of Living), which is a movement close to Blancpain’s ethos of respecting traditional know-how and artisanal expertise, Brand manager of Blancpain Thailand Kris Bhimayothin inaugurated the session, and explained the close ties between the two respected brands, elaborating on their shared affinity for sourcing and offering only the best in terms of quality, innovation and unique craftsmanship — whether in the form of truly remarkable watches or exquisite food preparations.
Marking the special occasion with a special tribute, Blancpain gifted two beautiful wall clocks to the highly respected chefs and owners of Sühring — twin brothers Thomas and Mathias Sühring. This graceful gesture was followed by a delectable gourmet feast, especially created by the talented brothers for their guests. At the end of this delicious experience, attendees were invited to take a closer look at Blancpain’s very own, and equally captivating, latest creations.
Blancpain Villeret Extra-plate
An extremely thin timepiece, this sophisticated 1150-calibre watch bears the hallmarks of the brand’s Villeret series, featuring a round, double-stepped bezel that wraps around a luminous dial. The design itself is neat and uncluttered, with gold Roman numerals and sage-leaves styled hands, and a sapphire case back.
Fifty Fathoms Barakuda
Inspired by their very popular 1960s diving watch of the same name, the 2019 edition of the Barakuda features advanced technical innovations designed to appeal to the modern diver. The black background of the luminescent dial provides increased legibility to the red and white hour-markers, specially coated with Super-LumiNova®, as well as the white-lacquered hands. Available in a limited edition of only 500 pieces, the large watch is also water resistant to a depth of 300 metres.
Blancpain Air Command Chronograph
Originally designed for pilots, the latest version of this modern watch series features an advanced F388B movement, which essentially allows the mechanism to divide each second into tenth-of-a-second intervals. It also boasts a ratcheted “countdown” rotating bezel, a luminescent dial with Super- LumiNova® coated hands and indices, and a tachymeter scale that reveals speeds based on a 1000-metre distance.