With its understated refined and timeless design, this new timepiece fits harmoniously within Blancpain’s classical Villeret collection. The red gold 40mm double pomme case, water resistant to 30m, opens on an clear opaline dial bearing applied Roman numerals, red gold hands and featuring two side-by-side windows for the date display at 6 o’clock.

 

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This timepiece is the first in the Villeret collection to offer a big date. © Blancpain

When Blancpain’s watchmakers conceived the caliber 6950, they had as their objective to maximize legibility of the date, while at the same time enabling an instant change at midnight. At the same time, they set out to ensure that the mechanism would not significantly increase the movement’s profile. The result: an automatic movement with two mainspring barrels, a date mechanism designed to resist shocks, a free sprung balance with a silicium spiral and gold regulation screws. This is the movement that powers the new Villeret Grande Date timepiece. The clear sapphire caseback offers a view of the finishing of the movement and its honeycomb-pattern oscillating weight.

Completing the ensemble is a chocolate brown alligator strap.

 

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Back of the watch. © Blancpain