The use of Grand Feu enamel reaffirms Blancpain’s deep-felt attachment to historical watchmaking skills. This magnificently stable material that maintains its radiance indefinitely is particularly suited to adorning a watch with such a classic aesthetic. Crafting it involves applying several successive layers of enamel that are fired at temperatures of over 1000°C. The enamel-painted numerals also undergo the stern trial of the furnace.

According to how the light plays across it, the Grand Feu enamel dial gives a subtle nod to tradition by revealing the tone-on-tone “JB” logo engraved between the numerals IV and V, VII and VIII. This is the secret signature with which enamellists historically initialled their works.

 

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Villeret ref.6630-3631-55B © Blancpain

 

This elegant model is immersed in the aesthetic environment of the Villeret collection with its 42-mm red gold round double-stepped case and slightly hollowed sage leaf-shaped hands. The dial is soberly enlivened by a date display at 3 o’clock, as well as a central seconds hand. The sapphire crystal case-back provides an opportunity to admire the Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement bridges and the honeycomb pattern on the oscillating weight.

 

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The decorations on the movement are visible through the sapphire crystal case-back. © Blancpain

 

The watch is driven by in-house Calibre 1335, with 8-day power reserve. It is fitted with a chocolate-toned alligator leather strap.