Blancpain's new Chinese Calendar timepiece showcases their perfect pedigree

By Rose Adams | 03 Jan 2018 | Style

Blancpain's new limited edition Traditional Chinese Calendar Watch celebrates 2018's lunar Year of Dog

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* Blancpain have just announced the exciting release of a limited edition Traditional Chinese Calendar Watch designed to honour the lunar Year of the Dog

Forget about 'new year, new you', we've found a resolution that’s a little easier to stick to. That's right, it's 'new year, new watch'! Luxury watch brand Blancpain have just announced the exciting release of a limited edition Traditional Chinese Calendar Watch designed to honour the lunar Year of the Dog. Kitted out with features that nod to tradition such as the intricate Chinese calendar hidden behind its platinum face, this timepiece represents a useful yet symbolic model indicating a promising year ahead.

The inspiration behind this design is the fundamental principles established for millennia and timekeeping rooted deeply within Chinese tradition. As 2018 is the year of the dog, a detailed canine stands at the 12 o’clock aperture to indicate hope for a soaring new year.

The watch’s fascinating dial, hours, minutes and the Gregorian calendar all sit next to the main indications of the Chinese calendar, including the signs of the zodiac, the five elements and 10 celestial stems. The moon phases play a particularly important role in this model too, given the important link between the lunar cycle and traditional Chinese months. >>

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* Blancpain have just announced the exciting release of a limited edition Traditional Chinese Calendar Watch designed to honour the lunar Year of the Dog

The self-winding Calibre 3638 powering this watch comes complete with a 7-day power reserve – an element typical for the Blancplain brand; while the hours, minutes and the Gregorian calendar are presented smartly in the centre. The month of the Chinese calendar, its date and the leap month indicator all appear at nine o’clock, while the 12 o’clock aperture reveals the zodiac sign of the year in progress.

Equipped with a white gold oscillating weight, and engraved with a dog to celebrate the year of 2018, this watch is limited to just 50 editions - so if you like what you see you’ll have to be quick. They do say it’s a man’s best friend after all.