The biennial ‘Rolex China Sea Race’, ‘Rolex China Sea Race’, will set sail on Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong on April 16, 2014 to celebrate the 52nd anniversary of the China Sea Regatta. Rolex has sponsored this world-class offshore race in 2008 as part of an exclusive partnership with the Hong Kong Yacht Club.
The race was started in 1962, with a voyage of 565 nautical miles. Starting from Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, it sailed to Subic Bay 菲律宾 in the Philippines. The length of the individual yachts and conjoined yachts must not be less than ten meters. The spectacular sailing scene makes this event famous worldwide. Hong Kong’s skyline is transformed into a spectacular background, sailing from the splendid harbor, and yachts are racing among the old-fashioned fascia boards and modern merchant ships.
It is expected that about 35 teams from local and overseas participating teams will participate in this year’s competition. At that time, they will set off from the starting line at Victoria Harbour, encounter a windward buoy after sailing a short distance, and then head east to the waters surrounded by Victoria Harbour and skyscrapers and sail towards Lei Yue Mun Fishing Village and Tseung Kwan O. Head towards Subi Bay, northwest of Manila, Philippines.
The offshore regatta is long and arduous, and the track is full of serious challenges. To cope with weather changes, the game is often divided into two different stages. The competition is very challenging for the tactical deployment of the participating ships. When the participating ships leave Hong Kong, the wind will usually be very large, and the sailing boat will be very bumpy on the sea. When it is near the coast of the Philippines, the wind will usually weaken, and the fleet technicians and pilot The crew needs to work hard to take advantage of the weak wind, slowly approach the coast and reach the end. For the participating teams, the extraordinary endurance and complex tactical decisions required for sailing are the real challenges. Proudly, the race record was created by Hong Kong sailing player Karl Kwok, Karl Kwok, in 2000. He sailed the Beau Geste in 47 hours, 43 minutes and 07 seconds.
The close relationship between Rolex and sailing began in the 1950s, because of the spirit and philosophy of sailing and Rolex’s brand philosophy of excellence, precision and teamwork. Rolex has established close cooperative relationships with many well-known yacht clubs and organizations of major world sailing events, including the ‘Hong Kong Yacht Club’. Through Rolex’s support, we are committed to making this event attract more attention in Hong Kong, the region and the international sailing industry.
In this glorious history, the “Rolex China Sea Regatta” has spread the spirit of fraternity towards yachts to the city of Hong Kong. In the Far East, sailing has not yet become a highly popular race, but the influence of the sea and the longing for the sea have been deeply rooted in the lives of Hong Kong people....
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Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art art series Villes Lumières has launched the latest city version – Beijing, which is made of Daming fire enamel and Japanese artist Yoko Imai’s hand-embossed powder process, which will make the world the most beautiful An aerial view of the city is displayed on the watch. Following the previous launches of Geneva, Paris, and New York, the city has arrived in Beijing. The starry night view of Beijing, from above, the landmarks of the Forbidden City, the Wumen, and Tiananmen Square are clearly visible. The Master of Light watches are engraved with the Geneva Seal and are only available at Vacheron Constantin stores.
Vacheron Constantin announces the new Métiers d’ Art Master Series Villes Lumières watch, inviting you to overlook the beautiful night scene of the metropolis together, reflecting your unique creativity. The dial is based on dark enamel, and a variety of precious powders are used flexibly to present the dazzling bird’s eye view of the metropolis in a micro-painting form. The traditional large open flame enamel combined with the precious powder craftsmanship demonstrates a pioneering work in fine watchmaking. These eye-catching, realistic and exquisite designs, the timepieces certified by the Geneva Seal have opened up a whole new field of art and creation, and continued traditional techniques through novel ideas.
Métiers d’ Art Master Series Villes Lumières-City of Light-Geneva
The brand combines two extraordinary techniques to create a dazzling dream: the glazed infill enamel is a technique handed down by Vacheron Constantin’s craftsmen for almost three centuries; and the hand-embellished precious powder is Japanese guest artist Yoko Imai (Yoko Imai). This is also the first time the technique has been applied to a dial. It is embossed on gold, pearl, platinum, and diamond powder one by one, showing an amazing luster. Through extremely elaborate design, these bright flash points outline a vast and magnificent urban landscape. Shows the agility of streets, rivers and well-known landmarks. The Métiers d’ Art master series Villes Lumières watches are engraved with the distinguished Geneva mark, equipped with mechanical movements developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. The refined finishing process is in the same vein as traditional fine watchmaking techniques. The first four models in the series showcase charming night scenes in Geneva, Paris, New York and Beijing. Subsequently, the brand will also launch other city versions.
Métiers d’Art Master Series Villes Lumières City of Light—Beijing 18K white gold case, diameter 40mm, 18K gold dial with large fire flame filled with enamel and translucent enamel, hand-embellished with precious gem powder (diamond, pearl) and Precious metal powder (gold, platinum), hours, minutes and central seconds. Vacheron Constantin develops and manufactures the 2460 SC automatic winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of about 40 hours. The large checkered double-layer black Mississippi crocodile leather strap is stamped in Geneva. Certified timepieces are only available at Vacheron Constantin stores.
Continuous innovation in arts and crafts
The Métiers d’ Art Master Villes Lumières watch continues the century-old tradition of Vacheron Constantin. In 1755, the first watch launched by the brand’s founder Jean-Marc Vacheron used delicate hand-carved vines. Since then, for nearly three hundred years, jewelry inlayers, enamel painters, machine engravers and engravers have continued to develop and inherit these rare and rare professional skills. Time is still there, and after years of continuous innovation, the use of their talents has given the watchmaking art masterpieces vigor. These decorative techniques complement each other and blend a variety of arts and crafts, often combined with other little-known or stunning arts, such as painted, Japanese dill painting, gem carving, or filigree gemstones, presenting a creative dial. While continuing the traditional characteristics, the Métiers d’ Art Master Series Villes Lumières watch also opened the door for Vacheron Constantin to explore new, contemporary and innovative arts and crafts.
Métiers d’ Art Master Series Villes Lumières-Paris
Overlooking the night view
On each dial, the master of Vacheron Constantin enamel first painted the shapes of streets, gardens and rivers using the technique of filling enamel with a large fire. According to the selected contour, the corresponding part of the gold dial is manually excavated, and then filled with multiple layers of translucent colored enamel. With each layer of enamel glaze, the dial is fired up to 850 ° C. These crucial and delicate steps need to be fully grasped through intuition and years of strict standardization practice. The powdered glass and colored glaze oxide are roasted and melted, and then cooled to vitrify-the largest of which The challenge is cracks and flaws. Nevertheless, the enamel master who created the Métiers d’ Art Master Series of the City of Lights Villes Lumières bravely accepted the challenge and used the contrast between light and dark between translucent to dark to reproduce the extraordinary night scene atmosphere.
Vacheron Constantin invited Japanese artist Yoko Imai to combine her art with the craftsmanship of the brand’s enamel craftsman. After training by a well-known Japanese master, she has created her own unique technique: calligraphy paintings inspired by precious powder on canvas. For Vacheron Constantin, this is the first time she has applied this technique to an enamel dial, creating a charming contrast between light and dark effects. In order to be able to realistically present the light of the city, she needs to use her dexterous hands, tough focus and unique sensitivity.
Métiers d’ Art Master Series Villes Lumières-New York City
The precious powder embellishment technique borrows the basic principles of calligraphy art: the pursuit of balance and purity. Using a fine needle, use a unique technique that has not been disclosed so far to add powder particles one by one. Adding the charm of light effects to the entire painting is a very difficult task: each stroke needs to be filled to the corresponding position perfectly, and no free play or excessive decoration is allowed.
Choose according to the size and gloss of each powder, and then carefully observe different light changes at different angles to ensure that the brightness of the dial is improved without affecting the realism of the work. First, the fine gold powder is used as the background decoration to make the dial appear bright. Diamonds and platinum powders are then alternately filled to create a charming light and shadow effect, and finally decorated with pearl sequins. Just by adjusting its direction and size, the different luster they present can make the dial appear unique and warm. On the enamel dial, between the raised gold ridges and shining in tens of thousands of light points. These unique and precious powders have different reflective brightnesses, which are echoed against each other against the backdrop of dark and large open flame enamel. The contrast in the center of the dial is the strongest and gradually softens towards the outer circle of the dial. Handcrafted for more than three months, combined with a variety of arts and crafts, making each dial unique. A timepiece display box is equipped with a magnifying glass to admire the fine details of this craft.
Ambilight Geneva, Paris, New York and Beijing
This bird’s-eye view tour started in Geneva. It is the cradle of precious watchmaking technology and is also famous for the birth of enamel micro-painting. The city’s St-Gervais area is the birthplace of Vacheron Constantin. Here It is also home to the Attic Artisan Workshop. The second stop came to Paris. This veritable ‘City of Light’ is not only a place that artists, philosophers, writers and painters yearn for, but also world-renowned for its incomparable elegance. Overlooking the capital this time, the famous landmarks such as Charles de Gaulle, the Champs-Elysées, the River Seine, and the Eiffel Tower, famous for its light effects, truly show its gorgeous light through gold carvings.
Métiers d’ Art Master Series Villes Lumières City of Light-Beijing
The journey continues to New York, where everything is possible in this never-ending city that symbolizes dreams and vitality. Use this precious powder embellishment technology to draw the scene to the highest point as much as possible, and push this process to the extreme. Stretching in the enamel of the big fire, tens of thousands of precious glittering points vividly outline the night scenes of Manhattan’s Central Park, the Hudson River and Brooklyn. Finally, the starry night scene of Beijing appeared. Bird’s eye view from above, the Forbidden City shines with colorful light, highlighting its proud history. Some glittering monuments, landmarks, and lifelike streets surround the majestic Forbidden City. In this exquisite drawing using enamel and precious powder, the Wumen, Tiananmen and Tiananmen Squares are clearly visible.
Professional watchmaking skills
The Métiers d’ Art Master Series Villes Lumières watches are engraved with the Geneva Seal and certified by an independent neutral body, which guarantees the accuracy and reliability of the timepiece. The Vacheron Constantin 2460 SC self-winding mechanical movement powers the hours, minutes and seconds. Through the transparent case back, you can admire the 22K gold rotor with the brand’s signature Maltese cross decoration. Whether visible or not, all parts are manufactured using advanced watchmaking techniques such as chamfering, round graining, and polishing. The precious white gold case protects the movement. The Métiers d’ Art Master Collection of the Villes Lumières watch collection combines watchmaking skills with artistic creation, embodying Vacheron Constantin’s purest tradition. The exquisite dial, like a detailed micro-pattern, shows the original style of these fascinating cities and watchmaking arts, and is constantly inspiring and innovative.