Between Le Sentier and Le Brassus, in that basin protected by the Jura mountains renowned for centuries for micromechanics, Blancpain creations are born. There are two buildings to which the company has dedicated specific expertise. In that of Le Sentier, a large multi-storey building with minimal architecture in which a total of over 700 people work, the Maison has brought together the main watchmaking techniques.
From design, which led to the use of innovative materials such as Liquidmetal and the production of more than 43 original calibres or movements, to quality control. From homologation, which consists of checking the shape of watch components to validate their functionality, to the manufacture of the components and tools needed to assemble the movements. Up to the finishing of the components, final quality control and after-sales service.
It is in the village of Le Brassus, on the other hand, in an imposing building resulting from the renovation of an old mill purchased in 1891 and in modern times christened "La Ferme", that Blancpain passes on its great heritage of knowledge concerning the most elaborate complications such as those in the Villeret collection, from minute repeaters to split-seconds chronographs and extremely complex calendars. And it was also at "La Ferme" that the most complex automatic wristwatch ever created took shape in 1991: the 1735, to which a large demonstration panel is dedicated in the building.
Here, the company also houses the ateliers dedicated to the Métiers d'Art, the workshop specialising in the decoration of prestigious movements, and the maintenance and restoration office for Blancpain watches produced before 1981: from the first models such as Rolls or Harwood to the famous vintage Fifty Fathoms, Air Command or Bathyscaphe, as well as the historic Ladybird editions.