Journey To The East: Blancpain’s New Traditional Chinese Calendar WatchWritten by Alvin Wong
Three years ago, the brand did a why-didn’t-we-think-of-it-earlier; rolling out complication that displays key aspects of the Chinese traditional calendar to capture the imagination of free-spending Chinese collectors. Besides the usual hours and minutes, and Gregorian calendar displays, the watch also charts the lunisolar calendar, based on 12 lunar cycles as a base unit, as well as signs of the zodiac, five elements and celestial stems common to traditional Chinese calendar.
To usher in the Year of the Monkey, Blancpain offers a commemorative version limited to 36 pieces. Besides the aforementioned features, the watch is decked out with a grand feu enamel dial, framed by a white gold case. The case back displays a white gold oscillating weight set with a Madagascar ruby with an engraved monkey motif.
Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.