Blancpain is creating some aesthetic pleasures with its reinterpretations of the Villeret collection, which started last year. At Baselworld, the manufacture from Le Brassus showed a single-pusher chronograph with complete calendar and moon phases. This complicated watch, available in two versions, features classic dials that are both highly attractive and highly legible. Find wallpaper and pricing inside.
This model is equipped with Calibre 66CM8, a movement that provides optimal user friendliness. The complete calendar and moon phase mechanisms have been designed to avoid risk of damaging the movement during setting. The movement consists of 450 components, including 35 jewels, in a package measuring 32 x 7.5mm with a power reserve of 40 hours.
The indications are adjusted by means of under-lug correctors, a patented Blancpain innovation allowing fast correction without any need for a pointed instrument. The hidden correctors and the co-axial monopusher to control the chronograph results in a pure, simple case, which is a trademark of the Villeret collection.
The blued steel serpentine date hand is an elegant means of distinguishing this indicator from those showing the time. A transparent sapphire crystal case-back reveals the quality of the finishing on the movement and its guilloché-work oscillating weight.
This new member of the Villeret family measures 40mm in diameter and is available in a red gold version with a stamped opaline dial (shown below) or in steel with a white dial, both fitted with a 22mm alzavellined alligator leather strap secured by a folding clasp. The price in steel is $20,300 and in red gold it is $31,500.
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