At the moment when modern watch products are dedicated to the field of fine watchmaking, Blancpain Watchmaking Workshop in Le Brassus is proud to introduce the world’s first Chinese calendar to the world. A Tribute To The Ancient Tradition. This extraordinary timepiece, which has both practical value and far-reaching significance, will surely reach the brilliant pinnacle of fine watchmaking.
This Chinese calendar reflects the mysterious beauty of traditional Chinese timekeeping, using the timekeeping principles that have been ingrained in China for thousands of years. The layout of the chronograph dial is exquisite, and the hour, minute and standard calendars are jumping on the dial. It also integrates important timing elements in the traditional Chinese calendar, such as twelve hours (24 hours), the lunar date, the lunar month (in combination with the leap month display), ten The zodiac year even includes five elements and ten heavenly stems. The twelve zodiac signs correspond to the twelve Earthly Branches, which are matched with the Ten Heavenly Stems in turn, and form sixty basic units or sixty stems, commonly known as ‘sixty-six flower Jiazi’, which constitute the core content of traditional Chinese culture. As an important timekeeping element in Blancpain’s full-calendar watch, the moon phase profit and loss function is more closely related to the traditional Chinese calendar, which played an important role in the operation of this timepiece.
Different from the standard calendar with the solar day as the basic unit, the traditional Chinese lunar calendar uses the yin and yang calendar system, that is, the solar calendar with the monthly cycle (29.53059 days) as the basic unit. A lunar year contains 12 lunar months (354.36707 days), which is approximately 11 days less than a lunar year (365.242374 days). Therefore, in some years, there will be a leap month (as indicated by the “wax” on the dial) to match the cycle of the four seasons. Since each Chinese lunar month (including the leap month) begins on the day of the new moon, the month is 29 or 30 days long. It can be seen that the lunar year including the leap month is actually 13 months, which is longer than the solar calendar. On the contrary, the lunar year without the leap month is only 12 months, which is shorter than the solar year. The typical feature of this traditional calendar is the reason for the uncertain date of the Chinese New Year.
This Chinese calendar is equipped with Calibre 3638’s new self-winding movement. The movement consists of 434 parts set with 39 gems and has a power reserve of up to 7 days. The timepiece is complex and exquisite, and many time elements with no periodicity are perfectly presented on the dial. Among them, the hour hand, minute hand, and standard calendar are located in the center of the dial; the small dial at 12 o’clock displays hour numbers and characters (24-hour cycle); the three-line position displays five elements and ten days (10-year cycle); 9 o’clock The clock position shows the lunar month (12-month cycle), the lunar day (30-day cycle), and the leap month; the year window at 12 o’clock shows the zodiac year (12-year cycle), and the moon phase profit and loss display is on the dial 6 At o’clock.
The watch features a 45mm diameter platinum case with a crown-cut ruby on the crown and 5 concealed adjustment buttons under the patented design of Blancpain, which at the same time ensure the simple and smooth lines on the side of the watch. Beauty. This watch combines all the classic logos of the Blancpain Villeret series, such as a double-layer bezel, a large open flame enamel dial, a gold-plated lace dial, traces before firing, hollow-out leaf hands, and a serpentine blue steel hand with a standard calendar Wait. The watch is equipped with a white gold pendulum set with Madagascar rubies. The dragon pattern is engraved on the top of the pendulum to celebrate the 2012 Chinese Dragon Year.
This Chinese almanac is limited to 20 pieces and is also available in non-limited edition rose gold.