According to the Chinese New Year calendar, 2020 is the Year of the Rat, and it begins on January 25. Swiss haute horologist, Blancpain, noted for superlative detailing, has presented its first-ever porcelain dial on a limited edition watch for the Year of the Rat, of which only eight unique pieces will be made.
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Swiss luxury watchmaker Blancpain has created a new timepiece with a porcelain dial, which has been entirely hand-crafted in its Métiers d’Art workshops, using techniques that require precision, patience, dexterity, and meticulous detailing.
The new watches that mark the introduction of the traditional Chinese skill of porcelain production at the Swiss manufacturer are distinguished by an unprecedented level of decoration. Each of the enameled dials has been painted freehand with images of rats, the Chinese zodiac animal for 2020, before being fired in a kiln at 1,200 degrees.
Powered by an 1154 automatic movement with hours, minutes and seconds functions, and a 100-hour power reserve, the watch is housed in a 33-mm diameter white-gold case, sporting a bezel set with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds. Each of the eight one-of-a-kind timepieces of this limited edition will be presented with an alligator strap.
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