Balper’s World’s First Chinese Calendar, Extraordinary Craftsmanship Reaches The Pinnacle Of Watchmaking

Because the number of dates in the Chinese Lunar Calendar is not fixed each year, making a mechanical watch with a lunar calendar is a very difficult task. The fine watchmaking brand Blancpain introduced the world’s first Chinese calendar with the most advanced watchmaking skills. This extraordinary timepiece, which has both practical value and far-reaching significance, will surely reach the brilliant pinnacle of fine watchmaking. This Chinese almanac is limited to 20 pieces, and a non-limited edition rose gold version is also available.

 This Chinese calendar is equipped with Calibre 3638’s new self-winding movement. The movement consists of 434 parts set with 39 gems 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 displays the lunar month (12-month cycle), the lunar calendar day (30-day cycle), and the leap month; the year window at 12 o’clock displays the zodiac sign of the year (12-year cycle), and the moon phase profit and loss display is on the dial 6 At o’clock.

 The watch uses a 45 mm diameter platinum case, the crown is decorated with a convex round cut ruby, and under the lugs are 5 hidden adjustment buttons that are patented by Blancpain, which at the same time ensure the simple and smooth lines on the side Beauty. This watch combines all the classic logos of the Blancpain Villeret series, such as the double-layer bezel, the large fire enamel dial, the gold-plated dial with lace trim, the traces before firing, the hollow leaf-shaped hands, the serpentine blue steel hands of the standard calendar Wait. The watch is equipped with a white gold pendulum set with Madagascar rubies, and the dragon pattern is engraved on the top.

 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 shown by the letter on the dial) to meet 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 reflects 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 jump on the dial. It also integrates important timing elements in the traditional Chinese calendar, such as twelve hours (twenty-four hours), the lunar date, the lunar month (combined with the leap month display), ten 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, and form sixty basic units or sixty stems, commonly known as sixty Jiazis, 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 traditional Chinese calendar, which played an important role in the operation of this timepiece.
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