Blancpain Unveils The Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar In Black Enamel For Only Watch 2015

A unique version of the Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar with a striking black enamel dial was conceived for Only Watch 2015, becoming one of the handful of watches by Blancpain fitted with such a dial.

Originally introduced in 2012, the Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar is a wristwatch conceived for the Chinese market but one that is admirably different. Instead of an enamelled dragon or phoenix, it features a completely new complication, one that displays the traditional Chinese calendar. Blancpain’s contribution to charity auction Only Watch is a unique version of the Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar fitted with a black enamel dial. The dial is black enamel with applied rose gold indices, as well as rose gold printing on the dial, all to match the 45mm rose gold case. The conventional Gregorian date is indicated on the outermost edge of the dial with a blued steel, serpentine hand. 

The Chinese calendar display shows the “traditional double hour indication, day, month with leap year, zodiac signs, as well as the five elements and 10 celestial stems”.

In addition to the dial, another feature unique to the Only Watch edition is the rose gold rotor decorated with black champlevé enamel.

The Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar Only Watch will be sold on November 7, 2015, at an auction in Geneva overseen by Phillips. All proceeds from the sale will go to support research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. For a detail look at the platinum version of the Traditional Chinese Calendar, check out our photo essay published when it was first launched.

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