The ongoing Baselworld has kept us on our toes. From exquisite bejeweled pieces to million dollar creations, it is indeed one luxurious affair over at Baselworld. While most brands have opted to put their best-bejeweled foot forward at this gala affair, Blancpain has decided to stand apart with their unique offering, the Traditional Chinese Calendar watch. Paying tribute to the age-old Chinese culture and traditions like the Chinese calendar, which has a number of believers and followers, Blancpain takes pride in introducing a world-exclusive version of the first wristwatch equipped with a traditional Chinese calendar. Besides the hours, minutes, and the Gregorian calendar, the dial is home to the Chinese calendar, which features traditional double-hour indication, day, the month with indication of leap months, signs of the zodiac, as well as the five elements and the 10 celestial stems. The moon phases, a key element in Blancpain complete calendars, are also presented in this beautiful timepiece.
Powered by a new self-winding Calibre 3638 powering, this watch boasts of a 7-day power reserve. The 45 mm-diameter platinum case is fitted with a crown adorned with a cabochon-cut ruby. The timepiece boasts of signature features of the Villeret collection like the 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.
A limited-edition offering, this breathtaking creation from Blancpain is restricted to 20 pieces only, each equipped with a white gold oscillating weight, set with a Madagascar ruby and engraved with a dragon to celebrate the year 2012.
For those who cannot get their hands on the limited edition platinum version, Blancpain has also created the unlimited red gold version of this timepiece.
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