Japanese in origin, shakudo is an alloy principally composed of copper and gold, which acquires a dark patina between blue and black, according to variations in its composition and texture.
The black patina is obtained following a process called passivation, which calls for the repeated application of a solution composed of copper acetate (green gray), traditionally fabricated in Japan where it is known as rokusho.
The shakudo was used historically to create swords, decorative objects and jewelry. The artisans who practiced shakudo often added engravings and ornaments.

Rarely seen in the world of watchmaking, Blancpain has brought this art form forward to today with a series of four unique pieces which combine shakudo, engraving and Damascening. Each timepiece will be exclusive as it will reflect the individual handcrafts of the artisan and his or her style of engraving, rokusho patina.

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Shakudo trio chèvre, bonsai, coelacante. © Blancpain

Recognizable from his elephants head, the image of Ganesh is portrayed on the dial. Finely detailed, the ornaments represented on this piece have been crafted in Damascene. This technique consists of fashioning troughs upon the dial surface into which fine threads of gold are hammered in place, thereupon to be hand engraved.

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Villeret Shakudo Ganesh. © Blancpain

Fully respecting the aesthetics of the Villeret collection, these models are housed in a red gold stepped bezel case of 45 mm, the diameter of which gives free reign to the creativity of Blancpain’s craftsmen. Through the sapphire case back, one can gaze upon the hand wound caliber 15B decorated with hand applied Côtes de Genève.