Blancpain is returning to Only Watch with a unique Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar that features both a Gregorian calendar and a traditional Chinese calendar with double-hour indication, day, month with indication of leap months, signs of the zodiac, as well as the five elements and the 10 celestial stems. The combination of the five elements with the 12 animal signs create a 60-years cycle, central to Chinese culture. The moon phases plays the role of a link between the lunar cycle and traditional Chinese months.
This one-off creation in red gold is fitted with a black grand feu enamel dial featuring a chapter ring with applied gold hour-markers, as well as indications that are painted in gold before firing. The 45 mm-diameter case comprises five Blancpain-patented under-lug correctors serving to adjust the indications. A glance through the sapphire crystal provides a view of the oscillating weight specially crafted for this occasion in a black champlevé enamel finish and bearing the ONLY WATCH inscription.
About Only Watch 2015
Only Watch is a major charity event for aficionados and collectors of fine watches that will take place on November 7th 2015. Under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, Honorary President of the Cercle de l’Horlogerie de Monaco, this exhibition and auction will present creations from some 40 of the most prestigious watch companies, each one of them creating a unique piece for this occasion.
All the proceedings of the auction will benefit the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy, to help fund research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disease affecting 250,000 children, adolescents and young adults worldwide and provoking a progressive organism-wide degeneration of muscles.
The auction is preceded by a travelling exhibition presenting the collection in Monaco, Hong Kong, Beijing, New York and London.
*Travelling exhibition open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm :
Monaco 23-26 September Monaco Yacht Show
Hong Kong 2-5 October Phillips
Beijing 9-12 October Park View Green – Salone Monaco
New York 17-20 October Phillips
London 24-27 October Phillips
Geneva 5-7 November Phillips