Regarding watches, except for a very small group of people, I believe that most of my friends buy them for commuting and self-wearing. However, consumers still care about one issue—the preservation rate, just like buying a car. same. Recently, I saw that Japanese media conducted statistical analysis on the watch price information published by their popular watch websites in China. From the e-commerce platform, they found about 5,000 models that listed both the brand price and the actual price. Get the following leaderboards. 27 brands, the performance of value preservation ratio is roughly 50% ～ 80% The list of value preservation ratios is as follows: 1. Rolex ROLEX 2. Audemars Piguet PIGUET 3. Tudor TUDOR 4. Patek Philippe PATEK PHILIPPE 5. Vacheron Constantin VACHERON CONSTANTIN 6. Blancpain7.Cartier CARTIER8.Panerai PANERAI9.Glasutti GLASHUTTE ORIGINAL10.Jaeger-LECOULTRE11. Lange A. LANGE & SÖHNE12. IWC13. Longines LONGINES14. Hublot HUBLOT15. Omega REGOMEET16. .Hermes Hermès18. Zenith19.NOMOS20. Chanel CHANEL21. TAG Heuer22. Bell Bell BELL & ROSS23. Bulgari BVLGARI24. Chopard 25. Breitling 26. Baume Baume & MERCIER27. FRANCK MULLER to strictly define the value of security The scope involved is too wide, so the origin of this list is first simplified to use the actual selling price of the watch to remove the brand’s pricing. In this way, you can still get an average data of the value of the watch. Table discounts are difficult to be actuated because of different standards. Each brand has reached the approximate value-preservation ranking under the same benchmark. # 1 ‘ Rolex and Tudor rank first and third respectively ‘ From this list, you can see that Rolex’s value preservation is undoubtedly the champion of table sports, with a level of nearly 90% Maybe we have seen too many examples of popular models of Water Ghost, Daytona or GMT-Master II. We will think that when you buy a Rolex, you will earn it. You can make a few percent if you change hands, but in fact, if you look at the average , Rolex’s preservation rate is not over 100% so exaggerated, can only say that the depreciation rate of buying Rolex is not so high. It can be seen from the list that the Rolex of the first place and the FM of the last place have doubled their value retention. From this relative comparison, it can still show why everyone thinks that buying a Rolex watch is worthwhile. s reason. # 2 ‘ The top ten brands have 4 brands from Richemont Group ‘ From the top ten of this list, you can see that Rolex Group’s performance is the brightest. In addition, independent brands such as AP And PP also took the second and fourth place in the leading position (in the impression that PP would be ahead of AP), and Richemont Group has 4 brands on the list, the highest ranking is Vacheron Constantin, ranking first. Five. The Swatch Group also has two brands on the list. Among them, the group sold the best Omega in 2018 instead of being in the top ten list. The highest ranking is Blancpain, and the low-key GO in the normal market has also been squeezed into the top. Ten. # 3 ‘ Hot brands have almost 50% or more ‘ In this list of 27 brands, you can find that the high-end watches have about 50% or more of value retention, although It seems acceptable, but it also reminds us again that it seems that it is still impractical to want to make a lot of money by investing in watches. Generally speaking, it is still recommended to buy watches to wear them or have special commemorative significance. Buying a watch to get rich often disappoints more than expected. Another point is that the source of this list is based on the Japanese market. Although it has a certain reference value, it is not universal. You don’t need to take this list of value preservation seriously. For a long time, I have not advocated that friends buy watches for ‘preserving value’ and ‘appreciation’. For the time being, aside from the crazy models, more than 99% of the watches will depreciate, and speculators blow When will the bubble burst, you and I do not know, I am afraid that the bitter panic is the last. Like it is the best reason to buy a watch. Do not ask for powder, just talk about the public number of the watch
The origin of clocks first came from the establishment of time regulation. The invention of the indicator dial made time visible. In the past 500 years, with the development of science and technology, large scale navigation, military, religion and other frequent large-scale Human activities have greatly promoted the birth and popularity of clocks. The evolution of a series of clocks, such as tower clocks, floor clocks, table clocks, travel clocks, pocket watches, and wristwatches, has not only enriched human life, but also improved the time step by step. measurement accuracy. In the whole process, neutral Switzerland has been chosen since the 16th century to provide the soil for its breeding. At the beginning of the 18th century, Switzerland, which did not yet have complete national awareness, was formed by alliances of various regions to form parliamentary organizations with limited rights. Because the alliance came from different cultures and religious beliefs, it was difficult to form the central monarchy that prevailed in Europe at that time. The regions developed independently. The watch industry was influenced by the culture of each region and followed its own different traditions.
Blancpain watchmaking workshop
A long and winding road to watchmaking
Blancpain’s original watchmaking workshop
In 1735, the village of Villeret, located in the Jura Mountains, Switzerland, registered a ‘company’ whose main business was the manufacture of clocks, with Jehan-Jacques Blancpain as its registrant and occupation ‘horloger’ (watchmaker). Since then, One of the oldest watch brands in existence today is on the stage of watch history. At that time, the Villeret watchmaking industry followed a tradition, that is, home-style watchmakers and family members made watches together. Generally speaking, men mainly produced watch parts, including gear cutting and polishing, plywood making, movement assembly, etc. , Women are responsible for polishing, decorative polishing and so on. Blancpain’s family watchmaking workshops quickly attracted people, including Jehan-Jacques’ son Lsaac (both a watchmaker and a teacher at a local school) and his uncle and aunt who were also watchmakers. Blancpain follows Villeret’s tradition. They think that adding a family mark to their timepieces is not good for business, so many Blancpain timepieces were ‘blank’ trademarks. In 1795, Jehan-Jacques’ grandson David-Louis Blancpain took over the company and went to the European business center to sell products of the Blancpain family. Since then, every year the Blancpain family embarks on business trips.
Blancpain registers with Villeret
In 1798, France invaded Switzerland, occupied Villeret, and Switzerland fell into war. Many watchmakers in Villeret took the initiative or were forced to join the army, which severely hit the local watch industry. Blancpain’s watchmaking business was hit hard. In 1815, The successor of the Blancpain family, Frédéric-Louis Blancpain, returned triumphantly from the Napoleonic wars, took over Blancpain, and revolutionized the use of I-wheel escapements to replace the traditional ‘roue de rencontre’ vertical wheel escapement system, which greatly reduced the thickness of clocks. The first to successfully develop an ultra-thin pocket watch movement, while taking Blancpain a step forward. However, due to the effects of the war, Frédéric-Louis’ poor health ended his life early. In 1830, Frédéric-Emile Blancpain (son of Louis), who was only 19 years old, took over the watchmaking of the family. Here, Emile used the Fabrique d’horlogerie Emile Blancpain trademark, invented the lever escapement, and made Blancpain the largest and most successful watch brand in Villeret. In 1857, Frédéric-Emile, 46, died. Blancpain watchmaking was taken over by Emile’s three sons. In 1865, two of his sons, Jules-Emile and Paul-Alcide, co-directed Blancpain, developing winding and tuning. The time-integrated crown ends the traditional key-winding structure. Paul then left Blancpain’s beer-making business. In 1890, Jules-Emile’s son Frédéric-Emile Blancpain (same name as his grandfather) took over the company and expanded a two-story factory to access nearby Suze. River water to generate electricity. In 1915, Betty Fiechter, Frédéric-Emile’s business assistant, entered Blancpain. Emile trained her to become a watch factory supervisor and supervise all Blancpain products. Since then, Blancpain’s business has spread across the Atlantic to the Americas and has become an internationally renowned watch brand.
Left: roue de rencontre escapement Right: Cylindre escapement (I-wheel escapement)
In 1923, the British John Harwood designed the first automatic winding structure, and then produced 34,000 watches through Fortis and Blancpain. Blancpain (the Harwood automatic watch introduced in 1926) became the first automatic watch to be launched. The brand of the watch. In 1930, under the patent of Leon Hatot, founder and jeweler of ROLLS brand, Blancpain designed and produced the world’s first rectangular self-winding movement and a women’s watch equipped with this movement for ROLLS. It is very groundbreaking in history. Even today, the rectangular automatic winding movement is still little known.
Left: Rolls automatic watch Right: Harwood automatic watch
In 1933, Betty Fiechter, already familiar with Blancpain’s watchmaking and sales operations, and Blancpain’s sales manager André Leal succeeded Frédéric-Emile (only daughter Nellie, according to local law and his daughter is not willing to engage in watchmaking). Blancpain company, since then, nearly 200 years of Blancpain family management road ended, entering the post-family management period, the company changed its name to Rayville-Blancpain (because people who did not Blancpain family continue to run the company, according to the then Swiss The legal company name must be changed). Rayville is the name of the Swiss village of Villeret in Native American English. The purpose of this is to make it easier for Blancpain to spread to the US market.
Blancpain movement with Rayville logo
In 1950, Betty’s nephew Jean-Jacques Fiechter entered the company, which greatly promoted the development of Blancpain’s modern watchmaking business. In 1953, Jean-Jacques and the French diving force cooperated to design and produce the world’s first diving watch. Ten 噚, 噚 is a unit of British and American length, one 噚 is about 1.8288 meters, and 50 噚 is about 91 meters, which is also the highest diving depth that the French diving forces can reach. In 1956, Blancpain pioneered the world’s smallest circular mechanical movement, and it was carried in the famous Ladybird watch for ladies. By 1959, with the impetus of the Fiechter family, the annual production of Blancpain watches reached 100,000.
The first generation 50 噚 in 1953
As Blancpain continued to grow, the company needed more and more resources to support the development of the business. Betty decided to bring Blancpain to the watchmaking alliance company SSIH at that time. At this time, SSIH already had Omega, Tissot and Lemania. With the support of the Group’s resources, the annual production of watches in 1971 reached 220,000. At the same time, Jean-Jacques took over Blancpain. Unfortunately, the subsequent quartz crisis, oil crisis, and economic depression in the 1970s made SSIH unsustainable. To sell assets, Lemania was sold first, followed by Blancpain (sold to its cooperation) The movement factory Frédéric Piguet, whose assets including the movement research and development and assembly workshops are still in operation). The Frédéric Piguet movement factory was then run by Jacques Piguet and Jean-Claude Biver. After taking over Blancpain, Jacques Piguet and Jean-Claude Biver started Repositioned Blancpain, producing only a very small number of watches each year, each watch is equipped with the top movement, no doubt, with the merger of SSIH and ASUAG into SMH, this approach can relieve Blancpain from bankruptcy Come out and walk towards a Kangzhuang Avenue.
Innovation is tradition
Blancpain X 噚
Throughout Blancpain’s watchmaking history, the spirit of innovation runs through. Whether in watchmaking technology, mechanical structure, business exploration, brand cooperation, etc., Blancpain has always maintained a family gene that breaks through the tradition. In 1983, Blancpain launched the moon phase watch. Since then, the moon phase has become an important part of the Blancpain watch, and has continued to this day. The combination of moon phase and advanced complex functions has given Blancpain a new interpretation of time.
Blancpain camera core
In 1987, Blancpain incorporated the complex functions of pocket watches into the small watch space. Since then, advanced complications have become a major feature of Blancpain watches. In 1988, Blancpain launched the double-tracing chronograph, Blancpain perpetual calendar and flying tourbillon watch were launched in 1989, ultra-complex wristwatch 1735 integrating 6 complicated functions was launched in 1991, and true solar time watch was released in 2004. One minute Carloso watch appeared in Basel in 2008, 500 噚 GMT watch was released in 2009, and the Chinese perpetual calendar watch for the Chinese market was launched in 2012. Throughout the entire process, the long-term power has been deeply hidden by Blancpain Precision Timepieces, and the legend continues …
Blancpain and Food
Blancpain and diving
Blancpain and speed
Not only that, as a high-end timepiece brand, Blancpain has carried out cross-border cooperation with various fields. Quality life, speed sports and diving are its three core directions, conveying Blancpain’s pursuit of living taste, and creating accurate and reliable timepieces. Determination. After 280 years of vicissitudes, Blancpain has long been a treasure trove of history and culture. In recent years, Blancpain has pioneered the concept of cultural ambassadors, closely connecting time, timepieces and culture, and constantly digging treasures. The cultural essence of Perth’s 280 years and the development of the world’s chronograph instruments has shown the deep connotation of precision timepieces.
Blancpain Enamel Craft Watch
A Ganesha watch with Damascus set in gold, red copper and gold
The outstanding achievements of precision technology have led Blancpain to overcome difficulties in the process of fine watchmaking and have won international awards many times. The complementary Metier d’art art workshop has added flying wings to Blancpain and entered Temple of Art. Dazzling gold sculptures, interesting enamels, sparkling gem inlays, ancient bronzes, magnificent damascene gold inlays, etc., while following the traditional arts and craftsmanship, Blancpain is also constantly searching The fine arts of different cultures, combined with classic cultural backgrounds, present a mind that can also encompass everything, as well as a feeling of loyalty to the humanistic spirit. This will form part of Blancpain’s long-standing innovation tradition and will also become the source of tomorrow’s Blancpain innovation spirit.