Baselworld 2018: Blancpain’s Complete Calendar Gets a Second Time Zone

Introducing the Villeret Quantième Complet GMT.
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A signature of the brand since Blancpain was revived in the 1980s, the triple calendar has been offered in various guises over three decades, but not with a second time zone, until now. The Villeret Quantième Complet GMT is the classic Blancpain complete calendar, with the addition of an additional hour hand in the centre.

Featuring a face on the moon phase disc, the calendar takes its usual position with two windows, as well as an elegant serpentine hand for the date, while the GMT hand runs along a 24-hour track for the home time zone (local time is shown via the primary, leaf-shaped hour hand). And because the second time zone adds another hand to the dial, it is now free of the seconds hand, which usually has a kitschy Blancpain logo counterweight on its end, resulting in an overall cleaner look.

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Setting the time zones is straightforward: the crown moves the local time hour hand in one hour steps, backwards and forwards. The calendar, on the other hand, is adjusted via pushers on the back of the lugs, as opposed to the traditional recessed pushers on the band of the case. This is a Blancpain patent, and found across the width of its collection of calendar watches.

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Inside is the cal. 67A5, a movement based on the Frederic Piguet cal. 1151. It’s automatic with a 72-hour power reserve, as well as a silicon hairspring.

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Moderately sized at 40mm in diameter and 11.8mm high, the watch is offered in either 18k red gold or stainless steel. Both share the same opaline dial with applied Roman numerals in 18k gold matching the case alloy. They are available either with a matching metal bracelet or alligator strap.

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Price and availability 

The Villeret Quantième Complet GMT is available in steel (ref. 6676-1127-55B) and in red gold (ref. 6676-3642-55B). Prices have yet to be announced, but using the prices for the triple calendar without GMT as a comparison, expect this to cost over US$15,000 in steel and US$26,000 in gold.


 

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