08/01/2021 2:15 pm
Blancpain Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel
Blancpain Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel As the Chinese New Year approaches and over a billion people prepare to celebrate the Year of the Ox, Blancpain has chosen to celebrate the milestone by unveiling a remarkable timepiece, the Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel. The model is limited to just 50 pieces and combines a platinum case with a grand feu enamel dial. However, beyond its prepossessing features, this watch houses much mechanical complexity and technical know-how. In the world of horology, calendar watches are hugely popular. There is a hierarchy in terms of complexity and desirability, ranging from the complete calendar to the ultimate ownership proposition, the perpetual calendar. With this latter complication, assuming the mainspring remains wound, the watch will display the correct date irrespective of each month’s length. In fact, the mechanism even makes an allowance for leap years. The only occasion when the indications require adjustment are in 2100, 2200 and 2300 which are not leap years in the Gregorian calendar despite being divisible by four. However, while the perpetual calendar is widely considered the pinnacle of calendar watch ownership, Blancpain sets aside this notion. The Blancpain Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel is a limited-edition watch, produced to mark the forthcoming Chinese Year of the Ox. The watch displays the Chinese calendar, a technical challenge that surpasses even the aforementioned perpetual calendar. The Gregorian calendar, favoured by western nations, displays units of time based on the solar day, whereas the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar is based on the calendar year divided according to […]
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