Blancpain Villeret Extraplate Boutique edition
The Blancpain Villeret Extraplate Boutique edition pairs a green dial with a 40mm yellow gold case, a first for the brand. This slender model, measuring 8.70mm in height, is equipped with the self-winding Blancpain 1151 calibre which is refined to the highest order.
Villeret, a village in the canton of Bern, was the birthplace of Blancpain. However, the Villeret name is probably better known as a collection of elegant fine watches. Today, Blancpain is based in the watchmaking enclave of the Vallée de Joux, but it continues to honour the place where Jehan-Jacques Blancpain registered himself as a watchmaker in 1735.
The Vallée de Joux is known as an area specialising in the making of movements. Regional specialities include both highly complicated and ultra-thin movements, two areas of expertise that are employed within the Blancpain Villeret collection.
The Blancpain Villeret Extraplate Boutique edition features a bewitching green dial with a sunburst finish, paired with sumptuous indexes which are presented in the form of yellow gold Roman numerals. Openworked, leaf-shaped hour and minute hands articulate the time, a date aperture resides at 3 o’clock and, lastly, a lithe central sweep seconds hand circumnavigates the dial.
Blancpain has chosen to employ yellow gold for the first time in many years. The shade has a retro feel and happily coexists with the green-hued dial. This particular pairing represents a first for the brand. The case measures a restrained 40mm in diameter and is a svelte 8.70mm in height.
While some elements are new, other details uphold the much-admired Villeret design language. For example, the bezel incorporates a double-stepped design, beautifully engaging with available light.
At the heart of the Blancpain Villeret Extraplate Boutique edition is the self-winding Blancpain 1151 calibre. The oscillating weight is presented in yellow gold adorned with a honeycomb motif. Consistent with fine watchmaking, the bridges are appointed with Côtes de Genève motif and the screw and jewel sinks are highly polished. Despite the modest size of the watch, it has a prodigious power reserve. Assuming it is fully wound, it will run autonomously for 100 hours. Every element of this timepiece is refined to the highest order, making it worthy of the term, Haute Horlogerie.
The brand’s press release
Blancpain’s native village of Villeret lends its name to the most classic collection from the Brand. Anchored in tradition, these models personify the roots of the Manufacture and embody its primary aesthetic choices. The purity of their lines and the slenderness of their double-stepped cases express the essence of horology with timeless elegance.
The Villeret Extraplate Boutique Edition reveals these codes in a new light. Blancpain’s traditional cut-out sage leaf-shaped hands sweep over a dial that is green for the very first time. This shimmering new colour with its sunburst finish is paired with a 40 mm-diameter yellow gold case housing Blancpain’s 1151 calibre. While the latter appears simple at first glance, the complex construction of this mechanism stems from a balancing act that involves achieving the most pleasing slenderness while guaranteeing accuracy and reliability.
The experience and expertise cultivated by Blancpain, which designs and produces all its calibres in-house, enables it to offer a high-performance movement measuring a mere 3.25 mm thick. The Manufacture has of course made no compromises when it comes to user-friendliness: the hours and minutes indications are complemented by a large central seconds hand and a date window, while the self-winding calibre boasts a four-day power reserve. And all this within an 8.7 mm-thick case.
The new Villeret Extraplate Boutique Edition is a dainty watch. The front expresses the refinement of this timepiece through the dial finish as well as the hand-applied hour-markers; while its elegance shines through the back on bridges adorned with a Côtes de Genève pattern as well as an oscillating weight featuring a honeycomb motif. This exclusive model, available only in Blancpain Boutiques worldwide, is teamed with a brown nubuck alligator leather strap.