BLANCPAIN – VILLERET DAY DATE
THE PURITY OF TIME
The latest addition to the Villeret collection, this steel timepiece made by Blancpain and presented at BaselWorld, transcribes the march of time with elegant purity, including the day and the date
Named after a Bern municipality in the Jura mountains, well known as a major watchmaking centre and notably the hometown of Blancpain, the Villeret collection embodies the essence of the classic watch, the pure beauty of watchmaking. Its physical characteristics are easy to identify: a double pomme case with the bezel and sides forming two slim gadroons, an immaculate dial, generally featuring Grand Feu enamel, an hour rim with delicately rounded Roman numerals and leaf-shaped hands.
The newest addition this year to the timeless Blancpain watch collection is a refined piece, in line with the family tradition, with a double window showing the day and the date: the Villeret Day Date.
The dial presents a white matt disc with a finely textured and powdered appearance. The silver hour rim extends its Roman numerals in a circle round the chapter ring, where two openwork hour and minute hands mark the time. The seconds, meanwhile, are offset, ticking away independently in their own counter at 6 o’clock. On the right-hand side of the dial on the Villeret Day Date, two open windows display the day of the week and the date. The day changes instantaneously to the next day, while the date changes semi-instantaneously. Both can be reset using the crown.
The rounded double pomme steel case measures 40mm in diameter and is 10.44mm thick. The back is equipped with sapphire glass, revealing the dance of a yellow gold rotor decorated with a honeycomb pattern. The rotor is part of the calibre 1160DD, an automatic mechanical movement made by Blancpain. The calibre drives the hour functions (hours and seconds in the centre, seconds at 6 o’clock) and calendar functions (day and date at 3 o’clock), while providing a strong power reserve of over 70 hours with the help of its double barrel.
This new Villeret Day Date is available with a black alligator or a Milanese mesh steel strap.
Price: 10 200 CHF blancpain.com
By Sharmila Bertin