Chinese Lunar New Year is approaching, Blancpain has launched a limited edition of Villeret’s classic Chinese calendar with the element of the rooster. At 12 o’clock on the dial, you can see the spirited rooster standing on the flawless large fire enamel dial in a vigorous posture. In addition, through the sapphire mirror on the back, you will see a rooster-shaped pendulum made by the master of gold carving, which is a masterpiece of art. To sum up the elements, we can see that Bao platinum pays tribute to the profound Chinese culture with this Villeret classic Chinese calendar.
The treasure version of the Chinese New Year of the Rooster Chinese Calendar (Platinum) has a rooster-shaped oscillating weight carved by a master gold sculpture, which means a turning point.
Leave the old and welcome the new turn in life
The precious year of the rooster Chinese calendar is limited edition, and once again combines high-end watchmaking technology with traditional Chinese elements. A closer look reveals that the rotating rooster-shaped oscillating weight has a subtle homophony of ‘turning opportunities’, which is an auspicious sign of ‘new year’s blessings’ in traditional Chinese culture. The auspicious rooster totem implying the fortune is coming to life. It automatically winds up with the swing of the wrist timepiece, and welcomes a new year with vigorous power.
This Chinese calendar for the Year of the Rooster is limited to a 45mm-diameter platinum case. The crown is decorated with a convex-cut ruby, and under the lugs are 5 hidden adjustment buttons that are patented by Platinum. Can ensure the beauty of simple and smooth lines on the surface. At the same time, this Chinese calendar for the Year of the Rooster also incorporates all the classic logos and features of the Villeret classic series, such as a double-layer bezel, a large open flame enamel dial, hollowed-out willow-shaped hands, and snake-shaped blue-steel hands with a standard Huai calendar. This limited edition of platinum is limited to 36 pieces, numbered 1 to 50, skipped every 4th, so the design will be a smile. In addition, treasure platinum also launched a non-limited edition of rose gold.
Platinum material / 3638 self-winding movement / hour, minute, calendar, moon phase, Chinese traditional lunar display / sapphire crystal, transparent bottom cover / waterproof 30 meters / 45mm diameter / limited to 36 pieces
Bao platinum original Villeret classic Chinese calendar
Speaking of this Chinese calendar, we must mention Bao Bao’s love and mastery of traditional Chinese culture. In the timepieces launched by Bao platinum, many Chinese elements can often be seen, and at the same time, there are watches based on traditional Chinese folk tales. The most special thing is that Baobo not only draws Chinese elements on the dial, but also subverts the function, and launched the brand’s first Chinese calendar in 2012. This is the five-and-a-half-year study of the Chinese calendar and the re-invention of the movement device, which combined the dual-track calendar with the single-track legislative calendar.
In the process of making the Chinese calendar, Bao platinum has overcome many watchmaking challenges. For example, the irregularity of the Chinese calendar’s yin and yang combination is a great problem. But after successfully solving this difficulty, Bao platinum can be said to have pioneered the traditional Chinese timekeeping method (Zodiac Year, Tiangan Earthly Branches, Five Elements, Hours, Moon Phases) clearly and accurately on the dial. Once this milestone model came out, it became the focus of all collectors. Since then, every time the Chinese calendar comes, Baobo’s gold carving masters will personally manipulate the year of the zodiac into a new animal image decoration and engraving on limited edition models.
The dial layout of this Chinese calendar is exquisite. The hour, minute and standard Huai calendars are on the dial. It also integrates important timing elements in the traditional Chinese calendar, such as twelve hours (24 hours), the lunar date, and the lunar month (combined). The leap month is displayed), the zodiac year, and even the five elements and ten days. 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. In addition, the moon phase display is also closely related to the traditional Chinese calendar, because this function is also indispensable on the Chinese calendar.
The Chinese traditional lunar calendar uses the yin and yang calendar system, that is, the solar calendar with the monthly unit (29.53059 days) as the basic unit, which is different from the standard Huai-ri day with the solar day 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, there are leap months in some years to meet the cycle of changing 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 a 3638 self-winding movement, consisting of 464 parts set with 39 gems, and a power reserve of 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 Huai 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 The lunar month (12-month cycle), lunar day (30-day cycle), and leap month are displayed at the o’clock position; the year window at 12 o’clock displays the Chinese zodiac sign (12-year cycle), and the moon phase display is on the dial 6 At o’clock.