Two blue-dialed pieces join the brand’s dressy collection. And both seem to nail it just right.
A stunning midnight blue dials with sunburst finish feel very natural, yet rather fresh when put against the trademark 40-mm red gold double-stepped cases. At least we can’t remember Blancpain utilizing this color-scheme for its dressy collection in recent years. The Villeret Quantième Complet combines a complete calendar with a moon phases, indicating the day of the week and month at 12 o’clock, the date on an inner track with a serpentine hand and a moon-phase at 6. The watch is powered by the 6654 self-winding movement equipped with a safety system, protecting it against any improper use of the functions. The model is also equipped with patented under-lug correctors, enabling all the information to be adjusted at the press of a finger. All the windows and apertures are color-matched with the dial, which obviously looks much more elegant than your regular white. The power reserve is 72 hours.
The hour and minute display of the Villeret Ultraplate is complemented by a date window at 3 o’clock – again, perfectly matching. The self-winding movement 1151 ensures an impressive four-day power reserve thanks to the use of two series-coupled barrels and high-performance springs.
The blue faces of this Villeret duo is embellished by applied hour-markers with Roman numerals crafted in red gold and slender matching hands. The hour and minute hands are shaped like cut-out sage leaves, while the seconds hands bear the initials of the brand’s founder, Jehan-Jacques Blancpain. Visible through a sapphire crystal case-back, both movements feature carefully executed decorations, such as the Côtes de Genève motif adorning the bridges and the honeycomb pattern on the red gold oscillating weights. By default, the timepieces are paired with a midnight-blue alligator strap, but there’s also an option on mesh red gold bracelet. The price ranges from CHF 18,200 to CHF 42,000 depending on version.
Mar. 12, 2020