To celebrate the grand opening of the Xintiandi flagship store in Shanghai, Blancpain presents a specially customized Chinese calendar watch. This is a special creation of Le Brassus watchmaking workshops dedicated to cutting-edge watchmaking skills, in order to pay tribute to the ancient traditions. This extraordinary timepiece, which has both practical value and far-reaching significance, will surely reach the brilliant pinnacle of fine watchmaking.
This Chinese calendar is specially presented by Blancpain, which highlights 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-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 Chinese traditional 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 about 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 characteristic of this traditional calendar is the cause of the uncertain date of the Chinese New Year.
This Chinese calendar is equipped with the new Calibre 3638 self-winding movement, which consists of 434 parts and has a power reserve of 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 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.
This watch uses a 45mm diameter platinum case and a gem-set crown. The underside of the lugs is equipped with 5 concealed adjustment buttons that are patented by Blancpain, which at the same time ensures the simple and smooth lines on the side. In addition to the collection of Blancpain Villeret’s classic logos: such as double-layered bezel, hollowed-out willow-shaped hands and traditional serpentine blue-steel hands with standard calendar, this orphan watch also uses a red lacquered large fire enamel dial. , And equipped with a five-element pattern glazed gold pendulum, highlighting the close connection between this extraordinary timepiece and the traditional Chinese calendar.