The Chronographe Pulsomètre in the Villeret collection houses a new 13-ligne Manufacture-made calibre perfectly suited to the size of the case. This new movement with its heart beating at 36,000 vibrations per hour, a first at Blancpain, comprises 322 parts including a silicon balance spring. It is equipped with a vertical clutch as well as a chronograph mechanism controlled by a column wheel. It also features a flyback function enabling instant chronograph resetting and restarting simply by pressing a pusher at 4 o’clock, a device that proves extremely useful when measuring successive time periods.
The chronograph hand in association with a specially graduated scale makes it possible to display the patient’s heart beat directly on the dial without any need for calculations. All that is required for the hand to indicate the number of heartbeats per minute on the pulsometer scale is to start the chronograph and then stop it after counting off 30 heartbeats.
The Chronographe Pulsomètre comes with a cambered white Grand Feu enamel dial. The pulsometer scale surrounds enamel-painted Roman numerals, while the centre bears the chronograph 30-minute and 12-hour counters as well as a date window at 6 o’clock. The sapphire case-back reveals the latest Blancpain calibre featuring its oscillating weight adorned with a honeycomb motif.
The 43.6 mm-diameter red gold case is teamed with a brown alligator leather strap setting the final touch to this model.