The Chinese calendar watch is the iconic work of Blancpain. On November 16, 2017, Blancpain released the brand new Chinese Almanac Emerald Green Enamel Panel Watch at the Brand Extraordinary Craft Watch Exhibition held in Beijing SKP. Following the extremely difficult Chinese almanac works of white enamel, black enamel and red enamel, Blancpain fired the green big fire enamel watch with emerald texture on the dial, which requires the extreme craftsmanship of pure firewood. The introduction of this orphan watch represents the higher level of craftsmanship and aesthetics of the Blancpain Chinese calendar family, just like Blancpain’s consistent pursuit of watch craftsmanship.
The material of Mingming enamel is as gentle as jade. The emerald green dial watch this time adopts the turquoise green enamel dial, which is quaint and noble, and has oriental aesthetic interest. On the dial, the twelve-hour display, the lunar date and the lunar month, the five elements and the ten days display, and then the gold finish and high-temperature firing, pay tribute to the profound Chinese culture. The green enamel of the watch body is decorated with gold ‘Five Elements’, which is tasteful and elegant. In the reflection of different light, the watch face shows a change, and emerald-like color, glorious and extraordinary. The color mix of green and gold complements each other. Jinyu meets beautifully.
The watch uses a 45 mm diameter platinum case, and under the lugs are 5 concealed adjustment buttons exclusive to Blancpain. This exclusive function ensures the simple and smooth lines on the side of the watch. Blancpain Chinese calendar with emerald green enamel dial features all the classic logos and features of the Villeret classic series, such as double-layer bezel, willow-shaped hands, snake-shaped blue steel hands indicating the standard calendar, and so on.
Blancpain Villeret Classic Chinese Calendar
Blancpain has always paid tribute to the long-established Chinese traditional culture. It has never been satisfied with the superficial articles of carving dragons and painting phoenixes. It has even developed its masterpieces of timepieces featuring totems, freehand aesthetics, folk legends and other oriental elements. The Chinese almanac has been completely reformed from the point of view of function. The traditional Chinese calendar function is given to the watch, which explains the brand’s deep understanding of the Chinese long-term culture. In 2012, Blancpain launched the brand’s first Chinese calendar watch. After five and a half years of studying the Chinese calendar and re-inventing the movement device, Blancpain combined the lunar calendar of the dual-track calendar with the Gregorian calendar of the single-track calendar to solve the irregularity of the Chinese calendar’s yin and yang calendar cycle for watchmaking skills. Many challenges present the traditional Chinese timekeeping method (year of the zodiac, days of the zodiac, five elements, hour, moon phase) clearly and accurately on the dial. Once this landmark model came out, it became a watch collection of fans from all over the world. Since then, every Chinese year comes, Blancpain will launch a limited edition Chinese calendar watch.
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 chronological element in Blancpain’s full calendar watch, the moon phase 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, 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.
Powered by Blancpain’s innovative 3638 movement
Today, tourbillon watches usually only have more than 200 parts. 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 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); The clock position shows the lunar month (a cycle of 12 months), the lunar day (a cycle of 30 days), and the leap month; the moon phase display is located at 6 o’clock on the dial.
Blancpain Villeret Classic Series Chinese Almanac Emerald Green Enamel Plate Surface Technical Parameters:
Emerald Green Grand Fire Enamel Dial
Watch thickness 15.00 mm
Case diameter 45 mm
Water-resistant to 30 meters
Sapphire glass and transparent case back