Blancpain, which last year launched its Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe timepiece at the WatchTime New York event, will once again be among the exhibiting watch brands at this year’s event, on October 14-14. (Click here for info and tickets.) Among its highlight timepieces for 2017 collection will be the new Ref. 6652 Villeret watch, the first in that collection with a day-and-date complication.
The Ref. 6652 features a stainless steel case measuring 40 mm in diameter. Its matte white dial features a double window at 3 o’clock for the day of the week and date and a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. The day change is instantaneous, while the date change is semi-instantaneous. Leaf-shaped cut-out hands indicate the time on elegantly executed, applied Roman numeral indices.
The watch contains the automatic Caliber 1160DD, visible through a sapphire caseback, which has a yellow gold winding rotor, a glucydur balance wheel, and a silicon balance spring. Blancpain, like other luxury brands within the Swatch Group, uses silicon because of its low density, which renders the spring lighter and more shock-resistant; and its imperviousness to magnetic fields, which aids in the movement’s timekeeping precision. The 275-component movement contains 34 jewels, beats at a frequency of 4 Hz, and stores a power reserve of 72 hours in its two series-connected mainspring barrels.
The Blancpain Villeret Day-Date comes on a black alligator leather strap, and is priced at $10,900. If you’d like the opportunity to see how it looks and feel on your own wrist, click here to order your tickets for WatchTime New York 2017.