Blancpain itself makes a high proportion of the components of their movements. This control ensures the quality of its watches and its creative freedom.
Plates, bridges, oscillating weights or date discs, we make almost all the parts that compose our calibres. This independence is made possible by the technical capacities of the teams that work in our Manufacture au Sentier.
The most complex watchmaking components can require up to 50 different manufacturing operations before they are assembled. Some components are no thicker than a hair: 0.05 mm.
The watch components are first cut out as rough blanks by automatic presses fitted with stamping dies.
Digitally controlled machines then take up the task. These are accurate to the nearest micron. In this way, the most modern data-processing technologies are harnessed in the service of centuries-old expertise.
Some components then go to the decoration and engraving workshops to be transformed into real miniature works of art.
For the production of its components, Blancpain possesses a fund of human and technical skill of the first order. For example, only the stamping technicians are capable of designing and maintaining the stamping dies use to cut out the parts. Since professional training courses for this trade, which is specific to watchmaking, no longer exist today, we train these specialists ourselves. In this way, we preserve traditions of craftsmanship.
Creation of tools
Our watchmakers work with very special tools, not all of which can be found on the market. To meet their needs in the best possible way, our watchmaking mechanics design and make tools, in the purest tradition of Swiss watchmaking.