The complete calendar is one of Blancpain’s flagship complications. Its success is due to its usefulness, as well as to its design and construction. Slim apertures serve to display the day of the week and the month, while Blancpain often uses a blued steel serpentine hand to indicate the date. The reason for this choice lies in the 18th watchmaking tradition calling for the secondary information of a watch to be provided by a characteristically shaped hand. Blancpain’s complete calendar is usually combined with a moon phase. This complication, which reproduces the cycles of the star, was brought back to the forefront of the watchmaking scene by the Manufacture in 1983.
The new 38mm Villeret Quantième Complet model celebrates the heritage of mechanical watchmaking while adopting the contemporary attributes of the collection. In this spirit, the dial features subtly reworked slender hour-markers and cut-out sage leaf-shaped hands. The moon phase has also been redesigned. These aesthetic codes guarantee the clarity of reading and stylistic purity of this timepiece embodying the utmost respect for the Villeret identity.
The case of this new model is characterized by a delicately rounded double-stepped bezel along with a sleek profile. It is equipped with discreet lateral correctors, harmoniously integrated into the case middle band. The watch’s wide sapphire crystal case-back reveals the high-end finishing of the self-winding 6763 caliber. Entirely designed and produced by the Manufacture, this movement has a four-day power reserve and houses a silicon balance-spring.
The new Villeret Quantième Complet model is available in steel with a white dial and in red gold with an opaline dial. The hour-markers in gold and the hands match the case color. Each timepiece is also available in a gem-set version. Additionally, Blancpain offers a choice for each model between an alligator strap and a Mille Mailles bracelet made from over 500 patiently hand-assembled individual components.