Friday, January 16, 2015

Blancpain Villeret Grand Date (Ref: 6669-3642-55B)

For the first time in the Villeret Collection, Blancpain’s most classical timepieces, the legendary watch manufacture is offering the complication of a grand date. Both elegant and practical, Blancpain’s grand date employs two side-by-side windows for a display affording optimal readability.
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 and a date mechanism designed to resist shocks. It further distinguishes itself with its free sprung balance with a silicium spiral and regulated by gold regulation screws. Fully having proven its capacities, this is the movement that powers the new Villeret Grande Date timepiece.

This new timepiece fits harmoniously within Blancpain’s classical Villeret collection. The timepieces within the Villeret line express the timeless values of traditional watchmaking with their understated refined design.
Key Villeret signature elements have been woven into this newest timepiece with its red gold 40 mm double pomme case, opaline dial with applied Roman numerals, red gold hands, date display at 6 o’clock, and a clear sapphire caseback offering a view of the finishing of the movement and its honeycomb-pattern oscillating weight. Completing the ensemble is a chocolate brown alligator strap.

Technical details
Case
Red Gold
Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 10.88 mm
Inter horn width: 22 mm
Caseback: Sapphire Crystal
Water resistance: 3 atm

Dial
Opaline dial with applied Roman numerals, red gold hands, date display at 6 o’clock

Movement
Calibre 6950, Self winding
Jewels: 35
Components: 285
Movement diameter: 32.00 mm
Movement thickness: 4.75 mm
Power reserve: 72 hours

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