A exemplary among works of art, the Le Brassus-based production returns to its unending schedule complication with moon stages in 2018, in a bigger 40mm case size and a decision of two metals: 18k red gold and tempered steel. With unpretentious plan changes on the dial and a got development, the new Villeret Quantième Perpétuel 6656 models are introduced in a more contemporary case size and in a more ‘vote based’ decision of steel… Is Blancpain on the chase for more youthful customers?
Vive la Tradition: Calendar watches at Blancpain
Blancpain has come far since it began life as a little specialty workshop on the highest level of Jehan-Jacques Blancpain’s home in Villeret, back in 1735. By the last part of the 1950s Blancpain was creating in excess of 100,000 watches per year and to satisfy developing need joined the Société Suisse pour L’Industrie Horlogère (SSIH, later to become the Swatch Group) alongside Omega, Tissot and Lemania. In the wake of the quartz emergency that annihilated the Swiss mechanical watch market, SSIH chose to offer Blancpain in 1983 to Jaques Piguet and Jean-Claude Biver.
Under Biver’s command, the mission at Blancpain SA was to continue the creation of ‘grande complication’ watches in the most conventional, exemplary vein. The principal watch to rise up out of the Le Brassus produce was a complete schedule with moon stages that sold like hot cakes, demonstrating that exemplary watchmaking still had its position on the planet. Schedule watches , on the whole their various modalities, hold an exceptional spot at Blancpain and this year alone the brand has divulged the Villeret Quantième Complet GMT , a customary Chinese Calendar, a Grande Date Jour Rétrograde and these Quantième Perpétuel Ref. 6656 models in rose gold and impeccable steel.
A exemplary Villeret case, with more contemporary dimensions
Marked by unadulterated exemplary lines and a rich profile, the Villeret assortment is portrayed by a twofold ventured bezel and is Blancpain’s envoy of ageless class. Past its absolutely brightening capacity, the ventured bezel outwardly decreases the case tallness of 10.70mm and the inclining hauls permit the 40mm breadth of the case (an expansion of 2mm over the past 38mm unending schedule Ref. 6057) to sit comfortably on the wrist. A more contemporary size, the watch is introduced in a sumptuous 18k red gold variant and a more ‘vote based’ hardened steel model with a somewhat more contained cost tag.
These 6656 models additionally include the easy to use and undetectable under-drag correctors. Protected by Blancpain and first presented in 2004, these subtle correctors are covered up under the hauls and let you play out the changes with at the tip of your finger. This keen instrument evades the utilization of fiddly pushers or apparatuses and the monstrous presence of dimples or miniature pushers situated on the sides of the case.
Subtle changes on the dial
With the very same design for the never-ending schedule and moon stage capacities as the past version (Ref. 6057), with months and jump year sign at 12, days of the week at 9, date at 3 and moon stages at 6 o’clock, there are some significant plan changes, some of them focused to give the watch a more youthful face. The most remarkable one is the fuse of a focal seconds hand with a JB stabilizer – alluding to the initials of the establishing father. The second piece of tweaking is the disposal of the internal ventured ring that contained the presentations of Ref. 6057, albeit the bezel of Ref. 6656 plunges somewhat to give a more noteworthy feeling of depth.
With no compartment, as it were, the sub-counters consume more space on the dial making a more far reaching perspective on the capacities. The hands of the counters are presently selected in blued steel and have less pointed tips for a more contemporary look. Speaking of hands, the hour and moment hands have been skeletonised for a more clear perspective on the dial. Indeed, even the ‘man in the Moon’ face is bolder and his demeanor featured with thicker strokes.
Another fun detail that is not entirely obvious concerns the Roman numerals. Applied to the dial and made in Blancpain’s committed Villeret textual style, the Roman numerals have been filled and flipped right side out (V, VI, VII and VIII). What’s more, for those of you asking why the Roman numeral IV is deciphered on the dial as IIII, don’t miss Brice’s epic work of sleuthing in this article.
As you know, interminable schedules are brilliantly complex substances however mischievously sensitive in the event that you mess with them at some unacceptable time. Indeed, tinkering with the schedule capacities at some unacceptable season of day (generally among 8pm and 12 PM), when the pinion wheels are in real life, can bring about a rescue vehicle ride to the help community. In 2009, Blancpain disclosed an industry first with its Caliber 66R9, a complete schedule with moon stages. The curiosity was the complete opportunity to change each and every sign whenever of the day without danger of damage.
This innovation, known as a got development, addresses a colossal discovery for clients. Regardless of whether you were to change the schedule during its 12 PM change, the component blocks maintaining a strategic distance from any likely harm. The motor keeping all the capacities in wonderful synchronize is Blancpain’s Caliber 5954, a programmed development of 351 sections, a vigorous 72-hour power save and an advanced silicon hairspring. Another change you can see on the development side is the beautifying treatment of the strong gold swaying weight covered with a rich honeycomb design. The past Ref. 6057 highlighted Geneva stripes and the update is much appreciated.
Yes, it is an exemplary Blancpain, with an exemplary Blancpain schedule and moon stage complication, exemplary Villeret styling and exemplary Haute Horlogerie wraps up. On the off chance that elegance were a 10-rung stepping stool, the changes affected on the dial, the expansion on the off chance that size to 40mm, and the alternative of treated steel would arrange this watch on bar number 9. Still work of art, however not threateningly exemplary. The way that it has been created in hardened steel certainly gives the watch a more contemporary edge and a somewhat more reasonable sticker price (CHF 10,000 not exactly the red gold) and the steel on steel arm band form is especially appealing, without looking excessively noble. I don’t know I like the stabilizer on the seconds hand since it meddles with the dial. In any case, generally speaking, the dial is more broad, seriously welcoming and unquestionably simpler to consult.
Available on exemplary croc lash, the Villeret Quantième Perpétuel can likewise be requested with a comfortable “Mille Maille” hardened steel or red gold wristband, all alternatives gave a collapsing fasten. Not a restricted release, the treated steel model on a leather tie retails for CHF 32,000 (incl. Tank) and the red gold for CHF 42,000. The cost goes up fairly for the models on a metal wristband. The steel arm band retails for CHF 34,200 and the red gold wristband for CHF 60,100. More data on www.blancpain.com .