Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Blancpain - VILLERET Calendar Chinese Traditionnel Platinum Edition














BLANCPAIN VILLERET Calendar Chinese Traditionnel Platinum 45 mm Limited Edition

January 2017

Blancpain Presents a New Traditional Chinese Calendar Limited Edition  
to Celebrate the Year of Rooster in 2017

Blancpain presents a new limited edition of its world-exclusive wristwatch equipped with a traditional Chinese calendar to celebrate the coming lunar New Year of Rooster. The Manufacture in Le Brassus thereby wishes to honour this age-old culture by introducing a useful yet symbolic model that indicates an auspicious year of the Rooster in 2017.

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The Traditional Chinese Calendar watch by Blancpain is based on fundamental principles established for millennia and profoundly rooted in Chinese tradition. On its fascinating dial, the hours, minutes and the Gregorian calendar rub shoulders with the main indications of the Chinese calendar: traditional double-hour indication, day, month with indication of leap months, signs of the zodiac, as well as the five elements and the 10 celestial stems. The combination of the latter with the 12 animals of the zodiac that represent the terrestrial branches follows the sixty-year cycle that is central to Chinese culture. The moon phases, a key element in Blancpain complete calendars, are also presented and play a particularly important role in this model, given the link between the lunar cycle and traditional Chinese months.

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Contrary to the Gregorian solar calendar which uses the solar day as the base unit, the traditional Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar, meaning a solar calendar with the lunar cycle (29.53059 days) as its base unit. Since a year comprising 12 lunar months (354.36707 days) is approximately 11 days too short compared with the tropical or solar year (365.242374 days), a leap month is sometimes added to preserve the match with the cycle of the seasons. Given that each month of the Chinese calendar, including the leap months, begins on the day of the new moon, its length is either 29 or 30 days. This means that when a year comprises a leap month, this 13-month year will be longer than the tropical year. On the contrary, when there is no leap month, the year of 12 lunar months is shorter than the tropical year. This distinctive feature is the reason behind the variable date of the Chinese New Year.

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The self-winding Calibre 3638 powering this watch is endowed with a 7-day power reserve, despite the presence of 434 parts including 39 jewels. Its complexity stems as much from the number of indications to be displayed as from the irregular nature of their cycles. The hours, minutes and the Gregorian calendar are presented in the centre. The counter at 12 o’clock indicates the double-hour numerals and symbols (24-hour cycle); while the one at 3 o’clock shows the elements and the celestial stems (10-year cycle).

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The month of the Chinese calendar (12-month cycle), its date (30-day cycle) and the leap month indicator appear at 9 o’clock, while a 12 o’clock aperture reveals the zodiac sign of the year in progress (12-year cycle); and the moon phases are displayed at 6 o’clock. 2017 is the year of Rooster in Chinese lunar years. Hence, a rooster is standing at the 12 o’clock aperture to indicate a soaring new year.

 The 45 mm-diameter platinum case is fitted with a crown adorned with a cabochon-cut ruby and comprises five integrated under-lug correctors serving to adjust the indications.

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It features the classic signature features of the Villeret collection: its double-stepped shape; a grand feu enamel dial with a chapter ring composed of gold appliques, and indications transferred before the firing process, the main hands shaped like slightly hollowed leaves; and the blued steel Gregorian date pointer appearing in the traditional serpentine form. This 36-piece limited edition watch is equipped with a white gold oscillating weight, engraved with a rooster to celebrate the year of 2017.

This new Traditional Chinese Calendar watch is also available in a non-limited red gold version.

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Technical specifications
References:  00888-3431-55B
Collection: VILLERET  

Model:  Calendar Chinese Traditionnel

Limited edition of  *50 Piece

Case
Platinum 950
Oscillating weight and crown set with a Madagascar ruby
Diameter:  45.00 mm
Thickness: 15.00 mm
Between horns:  23.00 mm
Back:   Sapphire crystal
Water resistance:  3.00 bar
Engraved on the back of the timepiece - */50 piece
Dial
White grand feu enamel dial
Complications
[Double-hour indication, signs of the zodiac, date and month of the Chinese calendar.
Indication of the five elements, the celestial stems and the leap months].
Gregorian calendar, moon phases, oscillating weight set with a Madagascar ruby,
under-lug correctors, white grand feu enamel dial, secured movement, self-winding
Functions:
Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Perpetual Calendar,
Day, Date, Month, Moon Phase, Zodiac
Movement
Self-winding
Manufactured Calibre 3638

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Specificities
Gregorian calendar
Secured movement
Under-lug correctors
Power reserve in hours:  168 hours
Calibre diameter:  32.00 mm
Calibre thickness:  8.30 mm
Jewels:  39
3 mainspring barrels
Secured movement
Titanium free sprung balance with gold regulation screws
Components:  434
Strap
Alligator leather straps
Folding clasp

Limited edition of *50 Piece

* Blancpain reserves the right to modify this model and its technical characteristics.

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