In a long-standing industry like watchmaking, we’ve seen our fair share of watchmakers discover and rediscover themselves. In the midst of all the identity crises, Blancpain’s philosophy has maintained somewhat consistent — to offer premium complication-heavy timepieces with classic design styles. This is perhaps most clearly seen through the watchmaker’s Villeret line, a collection of grande complication watches that have stood the test of time. This year, Blancpain revisits its perpetual calendar under the iconic line, with the unveil of the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Perpétuel. Available exclusively from the brand’s boutiques, the platinum watch features 40mm proportions and comes with a blue dial option, issued in a limited edition of 88 pieces. Let’s take a closer look.
At First Glance: The Design
Blancpain enthusiasts will be happy to see that much of the original Villeret DNA has remained — the new limited-edition Villeret Quantième Perpétuel timepiece does not make a blatant departure from its predecessors, but rather innovates through larger, more contemporary proportions and updates to the dial. The signature dial layout of Blancpain remains, with information from the complication appearing at 3, 9 and 12 o’clock, along with a moon phase that rests at 6 o’clock. Those with a keener eye will spot the new central seconds hand on the new design, complementing those showing the hours and minutes.
The exclusive model comes with an elegant profile, enhanced by a platinum case with a double-stepped bezel. A flair for modernity is emphasised through a deep blue dial, punctuated by slender white gold hour-markers, and protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Blancpain grande complication watches have a reputation for the smooth and easy adjustment of each indication, and this limited-edition model is no different, with the brand’s patented under-lug correctors enabling the calendar hands and moon phased to be easily moved with the press of a finger. The timepieces are fitted with blue alligator leather straps secured by a folding clasp for a final touch.
A Closer Look: The Features
As with other Blancpain timepieces with the perpetual calendar complication, the model indicates the day of the week, date, month and leap year without requiring any additional adjustment until 2100. Featuring a mechanical memory, all perpetual calendar watches are produced entirely in-house by Blancpain, and are considered some of the most exceptional timepieces to exist. All the displays on this new limited-edition release are all powered by a self-winding 5954 movement — a movement which the brand has been careful to protect against the wrong handling methods through an advanced security system especially developed for the calendars.
To find out more about Blancpain’s Villeret Quantième Perpétuel, visit blancpain.com.