Named after the town in the Joux Valley where Jehan-Jacques Blancpain set up his workshop on the highest level of his home in 1735, the Villeret group of watches is Blancpain ‘s diplomat of immortal polish. With an articulated spotlight on downplayed esthetics, the exemplary looks of the Villeret are embodied by the super dainty, time-and-date dress models. For 2020, Blancpain revamps its Villeret Ultraplate family with the consolidation of four new 38mm models, two in steel and two in red gold, with unobtrusive plan adjustments on the dial. Fitted with Blancpain’s super thin automatic type 1150, the watch offers a vigorous force save of 100 hours.
Classic Villeret profile
The Villeret assortment was imagined as Blancpain’s “most exemplary collection“, watches intended to manifest trademark highlights and the soul of customary watchmaking. Subtleties like ventured bezels, Roman numerals, refined hands and basic cases are common denominators across the assortment. The new time-and-date models share a 38mm width and have a case thickness of simply 8.35mm, the ideal measurements for a day by day wear dress watch.
Spot the difference
The inconspicuous facelift of the Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate – compared to the past ref. 6223 here – can be valued on the dial. Given a white dial in the steel models and with a hotter opaline dial in the 18k red gold models, the early introduction is that of an even more clean, more flawless dial. By wiping out the word ‘automatic’ of the previous models, eliminating the ring under the base of the numerals and stretching and decreasing the text dimension of the brand’s logo, the dial exudes tranquility and elegance.
A astonishing subtlety that probably won’t be evident from the outset is the manner by which the exemplary Villeret Roman numerals V, VI, VII and VIII are presently positioned in an upstanding position. Quietly situated and applied to the dial by hand, the Roman numerals are made in gold. Another distinction is the way the wise leaf-formed hands are emptied making them significantly better and more ethereal. In the event that you look carefully, you’ll likewise perceive how the stabilizer on the focal seconds hand presently includes the initials of Blancpain’s organizer JB. In spite of the fact that perfectionists probably won’t value the presence of a date window on a dress watch, the angled opening is cautious and doesn’t attack the Roman numeral at 3 o’clock.
Ultra-thin Blancpain Caliber 1150
The straightforwardness of the dial is countered with the more lavish completions on the automatic development. The view from the opposite side uncovers the enormous gold rotor designed with a honeycomb design alongside Côtes de Genève beautification on the scaffolds. The 38mm Villeret Ultraplate models are fueled by Blancpain’s esteemed automatic type 1150.
An industry benchmark as a super thin development with a liberal force save of 100 hours, this development is utilized broadly all through Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms family and is additionally provided to other very good quality watch brands. Estimating 26.20mm in measurement, the development has a super thin stature of simply 3.25mm. The hearty 4-day power hold depends on two arrangement coupled barrels and superior springs and conveys a constant flow of steady energy. The fuse of a silicon balance spring balances the attraction and improves chronometry.
The treated steel model is accessible with an exemplary dark croc lash or an incorporated mille mailles steel wristband. There are likewise two steel adaptations with precious stones set in the bezel and eight jewel hour markers on the dial with a similar tie/wristband setup. The 18k red gold models take action accordingly and can be requested with an earthy colored crocodile lash or a rich coordinated mille mailles red gold arm band, with or without jewels on the bezel and dial.
Price for the steel/dark croc tie model (Ref. 6224-1127-55B) will be CHF 8,900 and the 18k red gold/earthy colored leather lash model (Ref. 6224-3642-55B) will be CHF 16,300.
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