Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet 38mm
The Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet 38mm encompasses modest dimensions, classical styling, a complete calendar, including a moon-phase indication, and a remarkable self-winding movement, the Calibre 6763.
Blancpain, the high-end Manufacture, is based in the Vallée de Joux, an area revered for its watchmaking expertise. The brand is probably best known for its Fifty Fathoms model, being a keen exponent of the carrousel as well as producing an array of calendar watches.
The Villeret collection is named after the place where Blancpain was founded. The collection includes classically-styled models, destined to proffer a lasting allure despite the onset of years. The bezel features a double-stepped design, charmingly capturing light. The hands are invariably feuille-style (leaf-shaped), openworked in this case, and the lugs are tastefully slender. Most of all, each movement upholds the no-compromise standards synonymous with haute horologerie.
The new Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet 38mm is designed for those individuals who prefer a smaller case size. The model measures a modest 10.45mm in height, readily nuzzling under the cuff of a shirt. Roman numerals or gems indicate the hours, while the day and month are revealed via two apertures positioned below noon. Date values are arranged on a circular track with a curvaceous blue hand pointing to the prevailing date. A small seconds display, sans track, is positioned above 6 o’clock, while a poetic depiction of the moonphase is located in the lower portion of the dial.
The automatic Calibre 6763, designed and produced by the Manufacture, pairs traditional hand craftsmanship with modern-day know-how such as the silicon balance spring. Remarkably, the watch has a power reserve of four days, bestowing the model with a further notable attribute.
The brand’s press release
The complete calendar is one of Blancpain’s flagship complications. Its success is due to its usefulness, as well as to its design and construction. Slim apertures serve to display the day of the week and the month, while Blancpain often uses a blued steel serpentine hand to indicate the date. The reason for this choice lies in the 18th watchmaking tradition calling for the secondary information of a watch to be provided by a characteristically shaped hand. Blancpain’s complete calendar is usually combined with a moon phase. This complication, which reproduces the cycles of the star, was brought back to the forefront of the watchmaking scene by the Manufacture in 1983.
The new 38 mm Villeret Quantième Complet model celebrates the heritage of mechanical watchmaking while adopting the contemporary attributes of the collection. In this spirit, the dial features subtly reworked slender hour-markers and cut-out sage leaf-shaped hands. The moon phase has also been redesigned. These aesthetic codes guarantee the clarity of reading and stylistic purity of this timepiece embodying the utmost respect for the Villeret identity.
The case of this new model is characterized by a delicately rounded double-stepped bezel along with a sleek profile. It is equipped with discreet lateral correctors, harmoniously integrated into the case middle band. The watch’s wide sapphire crystal case-back reveals the high-end finishing of the self-winding 6763 calibre. Entirely designed and produced by the Manufacture, this movement has a four-day power reserve and houses a silicon balance-spring.
The new Villeret Quantième Complet model is available in steel with a white dial and in red gold with an opaline dial. The hour-markers in gold and the hands match the case colour. Each timepiece is also available in a gem-set version. Additionally, Blancpain offers a choice for each model between an alligator strap and a Mille Mailles bracelet made from over 500 patiently hand-assembled individual components.