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very watchmaker has their signature house hero, the identifiable brand calling card: there’s Rolex’s robust and bulletproof Submariner, Audemars Piguet’s knockout Royal Oak, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ultraclassic Reverso. But some brands also produce a selection of unexpected, under-the-radar watches that, design-wise, are often miles away from their bestselling counterparts. This is deliberate: such pieces are reserved strictly for top clientele, where only the finest technical and artistic execution will do, and which are bona fide, one-of-a-kind wonders that won’t be found on any other wrist. At the storied, 286-year-old house of Blancpain, such pieces are its Métiers d’Art watches: exceptional and unique creations that for those more familiar with the brand mascot — the sporty, technically advanced Fifty Fathoms diver — are in

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