In order to welcome the upcoming Chinese New Year, Blancpain has specially launched a new limited edition Chinese calendar watch, which presents the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Dog with a unique and unique watch manufacturing process. To pay tribute to this ancient and long-lasting Chinese culture of the Chinese calendar, Blancpain’s LeBrassus large-scale manual watchmaking workshop has created this practical and highly symbolic watch, which means the year of the ‘Bong’ year of the Ji dog. .
Blancpain Villeret classic series Chinese calendar limited edition ‘Ji Dog’ watch, the 12 o’clock position of the dial shows the zodiac dog pattern
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), 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, forming sixty basic units or sixty stems, commonly known as ‘sixty 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.
Blancpain Villeret Classic Chinese Calendar Limited Edition ‘Ji Dog’ watch with gold pendulum engraved with zodiac dog pattern
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 transport period (29.53059 days) as the basic unit. A lunar year contains 12 lunar months (354.36707 days), which is about 11 days less than a lunar year (365.242374 days). Therefore, in some years, there will be a leap month (as shown by the red dot below the ‘wa’ 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 characteristic of this traditional calendar is the cause of the uncertain date of the Chinese New Year.
The new Chinese calendar ‘Ji Dog’ limited edition watch is equipped with Cal.3638 self-winding movement, the movement consists of 464 parts set with 39 ruby bearings, power reserve up to 7 days. The watch is complex in craftsmanship and exquisite in technology. It perfectly presents many time elements without periodic patterns 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 five-line element and ten-day stem at 10 o’clock (10-year cycle); the lunar month at 12 o’clock (12-month cycle) , Lunar calendar day (30-day cycle) and 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 located at 6 o’clock on the dial. 2018 is the Chinese Year of the Dog. A zodiac dog stands up at 12 o’clock, which means that the 2018 Year of the Dog is booming.
The watch uses a 45 mm diameter platinum case, the crown is decorated with a convex round cut ruby, and under the lugs are 5 hidden adjustment buttons that are patented by Blancpain, which at the same time ensure the simple and smooth lines on the side Beauty. The watch combines all the classic logos of the Blancpain Villeret series, such as a double bezel, a large open flame enamel dial, a hollow willow-shaped hand, a snake-shaped blue steel hand indicating the standard calendar and so on. The new Chinese calendar ‘Ji Dog’ watch is limited to 50 pieces, each of which is equipped with a gold pendulum, engraved with the zodiac dog pattern for the 2018 Chinese New Year.
This new Chinese calendar watch is also available in a non-limited edition in red gold.