Brands exhibiting at Baselworld are gearing up for the fair and releasing previews of what is to come. Among them Blancpain, who already showed us images of the new Villeret Quantième Complet GMT. When the brand was woken from its dormant state in 1981 by Jean-Claude Biver and Jacques Piguet, the moon phase complication played an important role in its resurrection. Also on this new addition to the Villeret collection, it gets a prominent place.
It is one of the elements that make the Villeret Quantième Complet GMT such an exceptional watch. Two windows tell you the day and the month, while a serpentine hand indicates the date. They are joined by another hand, which tells the time in another time zone. That makes this watch very classical, also due to the playfully styled Roman numerals, and the beautiful leaf-shaped hands, yet practical at the same time.
However, what sets the Villeret Quantième Complet GMT truly apart is what you don’t see! Most calendar watches like this have correctors build in the side of the case, but Blancpain developed a system that not only hides them under the lugs but also makes them much easier to use. Mace in-house, the movement is also equipped with a silicium balance spring, which protects the timing capabilities of this watch even more against magnetic interference.
With a diameter of 40mm, the Villeret Quantième Complet GMT is modernly sized. Its slender double-stepped bezel makes it almost all dial, and that makes it for its owner easier to read the many different functions of the watch. Blancpain offers the Villeret Quantième Complet GMT not only in red gold but in steel as well. While you can get it with a traditional alligator strap, a bracelet is also available. This is an exceptional teardrop bracelet, which we expect to wear very smooth around the wrist.
More about the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT, as well as live pictures, in our Baselworld coverage!