Basel Preview: Blancpain Half Time Zone Watch

 Blancpain Half Time Zone

Blancpain previews its first Villeret Demi-Fuseau Horaire: a travel watch that allows the second time zone to be set in half-hour increments. We are all familiar with the standard 24 time zones that differ by one hour, but many countries, including India, Australia and Canada also use half-hour or “offset” time zones. Find specs and wallpaper for this new model from Blancpain inside.

Blancpain’s new dual time zone model is very user friendly. A few turns of the crown adjusts the date, reference or home time, and second time zone. A co-axial pusher on the crown selects fast adjustment or half time zone mode. Correcting the home time automatically adjusts the second time zone.

This watch is powered by a new 32mm automatic caliber 5254DF with 321 parts, 28 jewels, and a 72 hour power reserve. The reference time is displayed at 12 o’clock and the half time zone and seconds are displayed in the center. the day-night indicator for the reference time is displayed at 9 o’clock. The date, which changes with the second time zone, is displayed at 6 o’clock. The date change or time zone mode indicator is located at 4 o’clock.

The Villeret Demi-Fuseau Horaire features a 40mm x 12.12mm half-hunter case in red gold fitted with a sapphire caseback revealing guilloché work on the oscillating wright. The dial is engine-turned opaline with red gold hour markers.

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Blancpain Demi-Fuseau Horaire
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