Saturday, January 31, 2015

Frederique Constant Manufacture Zodiac 24H limited Edition ‘The Year of Goat’

In the Chinese calendar, a day is evenly divided into 12 periods and they are represented by the twelve Chinese zodiac signs (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig), called the twelve terrestrial branches. Each period is equivalent to the present two hours; each period is evenly divided into eight quarters (original quarter, original first quarter, original second quarter, original third quarter, positive quarter, positive first quarter, positive second quarter and positive third quarter). Each quarter is 15 minutes, equivalent to the present quarter hour.     

To salute the long-standing Chinese traditional calendar system, independent Swiss watch brand Frederique Constant launched Manufacture Zodiac 24H limited edition with the coming of the year of goat in 2015.
Different from common watches, this is a 24-hour watch, and the hour hand takes a turn and runs 24 hours (the common watch runs 12 hours a circle) and the minute hand turns a circle and runs 120 minutes (the common watch runs 60 minutes a circle). On the whole dial plate, the scales of the twelve terrestrial branches replace the Arabic from 1 to 12 or Roman numerals; the outer ring is evenly divided into eight scales including the original quarter, original first quarter, original second quarter, original third quarter, positive quarter, positive first quarter, positive second quarter and positive third quarter. The position of the six o’clock is marked the “year of goat”, and all Chinese characters are showed in small seal script, adding a simple temperament.
To facilitate modern people’s use, the 24-hour scales are marked with Arabic numerals at the innermost circle, clear at a glance. The Manufacture Zodiac 24H limited watch carrying Frederique Constant in-house movement FC-724, which is the 16th manufacture movement developed by Frederique Constant.
The 24-hour full-automatic movement is decorated with the Perlage & Circular Côtes de Genève and is inset with 26 gems. It has 42-hour power reserve. As an integrated work developed by the young watch-making brand Frederique Constant from Geneva, it inherits Swiss watch-making culture of long standing and salutes ancient wise Chinese 12 two-hour timing system.
Stainless steel and Polished rose gold plated steel are available for the watch, and each type has 888 limited editions launched globally, worthy of taste and collection.

Year of the Goat
The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle, each year in that cycle is related to an animal sign. These animal signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 2015 is the year of the goat, marked at 6 O’Clock on the dial.

12 Zodiac Signs and Time

The Frederique Constant Zodiac Limited Edition has the twelve zodiac signs as the main index markers on its dial. One Chinese hour is two western hours. Each two hours has an animal zodiac sign:
  • Rat: 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. is the time rats actively seek food.

  • Ox: 1 to 3 a.m. is the time that oxen ruminate. 

  • Tiger: 3 to 5 a.m. is when tigers hunt prey.
  • Rabbit: 5 to 7 a.m. is when a jade rabbit pounds herbs.
  • Dragon: 7 to 9 a.m. is when dragons hover in the sky and give people rainfall. 

  • Snake: 9 to 11 a.m. is when snakes start to leave their burrows. 

  • Horse: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is when a horse is vigorous.
  • Goat: 1 to 3 p.m.is when sheep eat grass and become stronger. 

  • Monkey: 3 to 5 p.m. is when monkeys become lively.
  • Rooster: 5 to 7 p.m. is when roosters return to their roost as it is dark
  • Dog: 7 to 9 p.m. is when dogs begin to carry out their duty to guard entrances. 

  • Pig: 9 to 11 p.m. is when all is quiet and pigs are sleeping soundly.
24 Hours
The small numbers 1-24 on the inner dial function as the GMT indicator to show what exact time the hour is.

Outer Track
There are small Chinese texts on the outside minute track. Each position is a traditional Chinese unit of decimal time reflecting a quarter (15mins) of western time. As the Chinese hour is equal to 2 hours, the outside minute track has 8 positions.

Manufacture Zodiac 24H, Reference: FC-724CC4H6
Case           
Polished stainless steel 3-parts case, diameter of 40.5 mm
Convex sapphire crystal, Hinged case back
Water-resistant to 3 ATM

Movement   
FC-724 Manufacture caliber, automatic with 24 hours
Perlage & Circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement
26 jewels, 42-hour power reserve

Dial           
Silver dial with the twelve Chinese Zodiac signs as index markers
Hand polished blue hands

Bracelet       
Black alligator strap

Functions       
24 hours, 120 minutes, 60 seconds

Limited edition   
888 pieces

Manufacture Zodiac 24H, Reference: FC-724CC4H4
Case           
Polished rose gold plated steel 3-parts case, diameter of 40.5 mm
Convex sapphire crystal, Hinged case back
Water-resistant to 3 ATM

Movement   
FC-724 Manufacture caliber, automatic with 24 hours
Perlage & Circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement
26 jewels, 42-hour power reserve

Dial
           
Silver dial with the twelve Chinese Zodiac signs as index markers
Hand polished blue hands

Bracelet       
Brown alligator strap

Functions       
24 hours, 120 minutes, 60 seconds

Limited edition   
888 pieces

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