We’re a month away from Baselworld 2018 and brands are revealing more of what we have to look forward too. Among them is Blancpain that has just unveiled a reinterpretation of their classic “Villeret Quantième Complet GMT”.
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Combining a “complete calendar” (which is what “Quantième Complet” in French translates too) with a moon-phase indication and a GMT function; has been a standard classic for the craftsmen at Blancpain. Since 2002 the combination of these precise complications has grown to become one of the brands signature models, following the acquisition and relaunch of Blancpain in the 1980’s.
But, for Baselworld 2018 the brands in-house technicians and artisans have managed to redesign the dial in a modern manner, as well as improve the movement by enhancing its practicality with more intuitive settings. Overall a great classic watch with a complete calendar, which provides the: day, week, month and Moonphase; while skipping the annual or perpetual capabilities, ensuring a more accessible price tag.
The 40mm case is available in either: stainless-steel or 18k rose gold with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Both versions are fitted with the traditional Villeret double stepped bezel. It comes equipped with a setting crown that can quickly adjust local-time in one hour increments; plus under-lug correctors for the calendar functions that provide a much welcomed convenience, when the need for resetting is required. Topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 30 meters (98 feet).
Time is exhibited on a white dial (stainless-steel) or opaline (18k rose gold) with applied Roman numerals matching the case material. The aforementioned “complete calendar aka Quantième Complet” is expressed via: an outer ring of printed black Arabic numerals with a 31-day calendar; while the center upper-portion of the dial has two windows for the weekday and month; and the center lower-portion of the dial exhibits a Moonphase.
But, to further compliment the versatility of this watch we also find an inner ring of black printed Arabic numerals with a 24-hour scale for the GMT second time-zone function. The central hands have been given a hollow center; while an uniquely curved blued serpentine hand indicates the current day and a red-tipped arrow hand points out the second time-zone; nuanced features that enhance the legibility of this timepiece, despite its lack of any luminescent coating.
Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT
This “Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT” (References below) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 67A5 with 28 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Featuring polished bevels, Geneva stripes and a solid gold rotor, all visible via the exhibition case back. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to these watches is either a: black or brown alligator strap, secured to the wrist by a pin-buckle; or you can opt for a ”beads of rice” style bracelet made of stainless-steel or 18k rose gold, secured by a deployment clasp. These watches will become available in the Spring of 2018, for more up to date information visit the official Blancpain website here.
Ref#: 6676-3642-55B in 18k Rose Gold
Ref#: 6676-1127-55B in Stainless-Steel
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