The Blancpain Store Settles In Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport is the largest air traffic hub in Asia and one of the busiest airports in the world. Thousands of passengers gather here every day. Whether waiting for a flight here or connecting to another destination, travelers will not miss the opportunity to shop at hundreds of international brand stores in the airport terminal.

   Recently, Swiss watch brand Blancpain settled in this world-renowned hub airport and became the newest star member here. The boutique’s work showcases Blancpain’s top craftsmanship and superb quality, making it an ideal place to appreciate and purchase high-end watches.

   The new boutique is located in the East Hall of Terminal 1 of Hong Kong International Airport, which is also the busiest passenger passageway in the entire airport. Blancpain international boutiques are decorated with classic European design. The new specialty store also carries a distinctive Blancpain style. This style represents Blancpain’s spirit of respect for tradition and continuous pursuit of innovation. Has been passed down for 279 years.

   Blancpain’s Hong Kong International Airport stores are mostly decorated with elegant wood, creating a warm and comfortable environment, reminiscent of the origin of Blancpain-Switzerland’s Jurassic Valley. Customers appreciate the exquisite timepieces here, as if they were in Peaceful Blancpain watchmaking workshop. Elegant and classic, and actively connected with modern technology, the huge LCD is broadcasting the latest news of brand activities and new products, showing Blancpain’s passion for fine watchmaking, deep sea exploration and speed racing.

   Since the creation of Blancpain, the master craftsmanship accumulated in the glorious history is the most important driving force behind the brand’s success today, and has also laid a solid foundation for the brand’s continuous development and innovation in the field of watchmaking.

   Blancpain’s Hong Kong International Airport store showcases a series of exquisite watches including Villeret, Fifty Fathoms (50 years old) and women’s clothing. Welcome watch lovers from all over the world to experience Blancpain’s passion for watchmaking Craft.

The World’s Smallest Movement Jaeger-lecoultre Caliber 101

The story of Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 101 movement is inseparable from the story of ‘Duoplan’ movement. To understand the importance of this series of movements, it must be kept in mind that between the two world wars, women’s fashion tended to very small watches. Any watchmaker who cares about superb craftsmanship knows that extremely small dimensions can negatively affect quality.

In 1929, Jaeger-LeCoultre created a small Duoplan, named Caliber 101, which became the smallest movement in the world. Its length is 14 mm, its width is 4.8 mm, and its thickness is only 3.4 mm! So far no movement can be more mini. The picture shows the modern version of Caliber 101

Henri Rodanet (1884-1956), born in Paris with a large watchmaking family, was quickly attracted to this problem. At the beginning of the First World War, he first thought of the idea of ​​making a double-sided watch movement. His idea was simple: in order to save a large balance wheel and thus ensure high precision, he had to place the machine on the bottom plane to give it the most space. However, in the history of innovative technology, there is often an insurmountable gap between an excellent idea and mass production.
After the war, Henri Rodanet was hired by Edmond Jaeger, who was then ill, and took over the technical guidance of Etablissements Ed. Jaeger in Paris. The privileged relationship between LeCoultre & Cie and Parisian society allows all wishes to be fulfilled, because only fully integrated watchmaking factories can achieve the most innovative projects, such as Duoplan movements. It will take several years before the first Duoplan movement series is finally produced in the watch factory in Ru Valley, Switzerland in 1925.

The current version represents its fourth-generation design, Caliber 101/4 with 98 components. Like all Jaeger-LeCoultre movements, the movement is completed and assembled by hand

Finally, it was the invention of a watch that combined elegance and fine watchmaking technology, which caused a worldwide sensation. To achieve pure lines, the winder is placed under the watch. The first cases were designed in Paris in a pure Art Deco style and manufactured in the watchmaking workshop of the Jaeger company. After the crisis of 1929, a large workshop from the Swiss valley Rugen enriched its equipment and perfected its ability to make the entire Duoplan.
This watch shapes the perfect combination of fashion and technology, however, the watchmakers of Jaeger and LeCoultre are not satisfied with making this watch. In 1929, they created a small Duoplan, named Caliber 101, the smallest movement in the world. Its length is 14 mm, its width is 4.8 mm, and its thickness is only 3.4 mm! At the core of the movement, a small hairspring vibrates 21,600 times per hour.
Such a magical creation will later be installed on the world’s most exquisite and exclusive jewelry watches. Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 101 is used in hundreds of models and is equipped with the most beautiful diamonds to decorate the wrists of the luckiest women. During the coronation in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II Pepe was accompanied by a watch with the famous Jaeger-LeCoultre movement, a gift that French President Le Brun gave to her while she was still a princess.

The background of the creation of Caliber 101 is between the two world wars. At that time, women’s fashion tended to very small watches, which inspired the idea of ​​mini movements that could be loaded into fine jewelry.

Since 1929, Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 101 has been produced in very small quantities by the finest craftsmen of the watchmaker. With the development of advanced technology, some improvements have been made to the movement in terms of materials and machinery. The current version represents its fourth-generation design. Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 101/4 has 98 components. Like all Jaeger-LeCoultre movements, this movement is completed and assembled by hand, and is definitely one of the most representative works in the history of the brand.