Hands-On The Blancpain Métiers d’Art Shakudō Watches

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At Baselworld this year, we saw two really remarkable unique pieces from Blancpain’s Métiers d’Art workshops. These watches were made to show off the Japanese craft of working with an alloy known as shakudō, which is a mixture of gold and copper that traditionally was used for sword fittings, such as the tsuba (handguard) and menuki (a decorative element found on the grip). Shakudō was generally used only on smaller metal objects, due to the cost of the gold in the alloy, and it can be combined with a compound known as rokusho, which includes copper acetates, chlorides, and sulfates, to produce a wide range of decorative patinas.

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