Blancpain, the 277-year-old Swiss watchmaker is launching the first mechanical wristwatch equipped with a traditional Chinese calendar, named Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar Watch.
This timepiece is actually a combination of the traditional Chinese and Gregorian calendars. Gregorian calendar is presented through its dial, hours and minutes, and on the other hand, there are symbols of the Chinese calendar – signs of the zodiac, the five elements and the 10 celestial stems, day, month with indication of leap months and traditional double-hour indicator.
The combination of the zodiac and celestial stems follows the 60-year cycle that’s central to Chinese history and culture. Moon phases, which Blancpain regularly includes in its watches, work particularly well in this timepiece, with the moon’s centrality in the traditional Chinese Lunar calendar.
In the heart of the Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar Watch is the newest self-winding mechanism from Blancpain – the Calibre 3638 movement.
Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar Watch will be available in two versions: a limited-edition to 20 units of platinum timepieces with a special dragon rotor, and a non-limited edition red gold edition. [Blancpain]