Blancpain has chosen to kick off 2020 with two very special timepieces; both part of the brands’ Villeret collection. The new Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet and Villeret Ultraplate are now being offered for the very first time in Red Gold with a midnight blue dial.
The Villeret collection is named after the village where Blancpain was founded in 1735. Villeret models are characterized by the purity of their lines, their timeless elegance and the technical sophistication of their manufacture-made movements.
Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet
Beautifully imbedded with a subtle sense of depth, the new Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet comes in a 40mm red gold case with a midnight-blue dial. A symbol of nobility and refinement, blue exalts its depth and shimmer thanks to a sunburst dial finish. Unassuming in appearance, and classical in its stature, this latest offering in the Villeret line is equipped with a complete calendar and moon phase complication. The red gold applied hour-markers with Roman numerals and serpentine date hand adds an elegant touch while the recessed date track and discreet apertures indicating the day of the week and month at 12 o’clock, gives the dial a bit of depth. The hour and minute hands are shaped like cut-out sage leaves, while the seconds hands bear the initials of the House’s founder, Jehan-Jacques Blancpain. Personally, I find that the more you look at it, the more you appreciate how well the red gold elements go with the rest of the look.
Besides the visual elements, the mechanism powering this timepiece is also a reflection of Blancpain’s expertise and innovation in the craft of watchmaking. It is powered by a 6654 self-winding movement equipped with a safety system protecting it against any improper use of the functions. The watch owner is thus able to set the complete calendar at any time without any risk to the movement, unlike conventional calendar watches. The Villeret Quantième Complet model is also equipped with patented under-lug correctors, enabling all the information to be adjusted at the press of a finger and thereby eliminating the need for a pusher tool.
Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate
Another spectacular reference that pretty much fills the gap in the collection is the new Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate, in Red Gold with a midnight-blue dial.
The watch measures 40mm in diameter and is only 8.70mm thick. Having said that, the overall construction is very solid. The double stepped bezel, the short lugs, with a nice polished look, and the general combination of polished surfaces makes for a refined appearance. The dial of the Villeret Ultraplate is neat and elegant and features applied Roman numerals and open worked leaf shaped hands in red gold. The hour and minute display is complemented by a large central seconds hand and a date window at 3 o’clock, sized to ensure optimal visual balance and readability.
Powering the watch is a self-winding movement 1151, which ensures four-days of power reserve thanks to the use of two series-coupled barrels and high-performance springs.
The charm of the new Villeret Quantième Complet and Villeret Ultraplate watches is also evident on the reverse side. Visible through a sapphire crystal case-back, the movements feature carefully executed decorations, such as the Côtes de Genève motif adorning the bridges and the honeycomb pattern that can be admired on the red gold oscillating weights. These pure and elegant timepieces are teamed with a midnight-blue alligator strap in a shade as intense as that of their dial.