This year the Swiss watchmaking brand has significantly expanded its Collection Villeret line. The new Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Monopoussoir Quantieme Complet (refs. 6685-3642-55B in rose gold and 6685-1127-55B in stainless steel) automatic watch looks like one of the most beautiful among them featuring a really nice take on a centuries-old design of their beautifully finished dials.
To be frank, I always feel some uneasiness when it comes to buying a complication mechanical watch. There is just too many things that can get broken if you drop the trinket or operate it clumsily or in a hurry or at inappropriate time.
How many full calendars were broken just because their owners tried to change current date closer to midnight? Only servicemen can tell, I suppose.
With its new Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Monopoussoir Quantieme Complet automatic watch the Swiss watchmaker tried to partly address the problem of usability.
The delicate gears are now protected and the movement is now operated via a set of under-lug correctors, so that you will have to get your watch off the wrist before playing with the set-up. And there is a good chance that, while getting the watch off, you will get into a correct mood and will be especially careful while tinkering with it.
Although the “66CM8” code is used to identify “psychiatric nurse practitioners,” the newly developed Caliber 66CM8 that powers the watch looks like a completely sane mechanism.
Capable of displaying time, date, day of week and month, as well as working as a chronograph, the movement comprises 450 parts and stores enough power to work for 40 hours of full immobility (of course, after being fully wound.)
The watch will go on sale in two versions: a sober stainless steel with a matte white dial and a rose gold model, which is equipped with a more vintage-style stamped Opaline face that (at least, on the official photos) looks like a real hand engine-turning.
Like a real dress watch, the Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Monopoussoir Quantieme Complet comes packed in a mid-sized case 40 millimeters in diameter and 12.98 millimeters thick. The choice of size not only makes the watch more discreet, but also makes it more comfortable to wear with a long-sleeve shirt.
As usual, a very impressive timepiece from a respected watchmaking house.
Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Monopoussoir Quantieme Complet full calendar automatic watch specification
Price: $20,300 (Stainless steel) / $31,500 (Rose gold)
Movement: Automatic, Calibre 66CM8, 35 jewels, diameter 32.00 mm, height 7.50 mm, 450 parts, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Rose gold winding rotor, bridges with perlage and Geneva stripes
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, date, day of week, month, moonphase
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: Rose gold (Ref. 6685-3642-55B) or Stainless steel (Ref. 6685-1127-55B)
Bezel material: Matching case
Crown material: Matching case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 40.00 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Case height: 12.98 mm
Dial: Stamped opaline (Rose gold version) or White (Stainless steel version)
Numerals: Roman, applied
Hands: Matching case
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black or brown leather
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire