3. A Shower of Stars
Predating the current craze for gastronomy, Blancpain developed a close relationship with Frédy Girardet, chef at the Hôtel de Ville Restaurant in Crissier. The legendary watchmaker and the culinary artiste share a belief that their vocations cultivate a “passion for craftsmanship and precision, performing tiny adjustments and achieving a subtle balance between tradition and inventiveness in a spirit of authenticity and an ongoing quest for perfection.”
Proud of its enduring friendship with Girardet and his successors Philippe Rochat, and Benoît Violier, Blancpain is equally proud to nurture a newer friendship with Joël Robuchon, the most starred chef in the world (28 stars in the Michelin guide). In fact, when Joël Robuchon and Frédy Girardet were each nominated as “Cuisiniers du siècle” (Chefs of the Century) by Gault et Millau in 1989, the brand awarded both of them with a hand-engraved watch.
Recently, Girardet, Rochat, Violier, and Robuchon paid a visit to Blancpain’s manufacture in Le Brassus, Switzerland. It was quite a gathering, and you can read all about the visit and the brand’s storied association with haute gastronomie right here. A wonderful video accompanies the story.
Are you a devotee of haute cuisine as well as horology? If so, let us know in the comments below.
4. The Death Watch
Ever wonder how much time was left in a game or a movie? Sure you have. Ever wonder how much time is left, well, in your life? Hmm.
There’s a new watch that undertakes (yes, pun intended) to answer the latter question for you. It’s called Tikker, and its LCD screen tracks precisely how much time you have left in this world. Perhaps we’ll file this one under “creepy.”
Actually, the concept is quite benign. Its stated purpose is to help you to more fully appreciate your mortality by pointing it out to you every time you look at your wrist.
According to a piece in the Independent (UK), Fredrik Colting, the inventor of the watch, says the death of his grandfather made him “think about death and the transience of life.” He came to the conclusion that “nothing matters when you are dead. Instead, what matters is what we do when we are alive.”
Colting has some public support for his idea. A Kickstarter page soliciting start-up funding has raised nearly $100,000.
To find out how it works, click here.
A rather light-hearted (considering the topic) video explaining the concept is below.
Until next week, enjoy!