Blancpain’s complete calendar moonphase timepieces are some of the most iconic watches of the brand. It is in essence a triple calendar with moonphase display. But in addition to the traditional layout, it also adds another complication, a 24 hour second time zone. Here is the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT.
These features make the Blancpain an incredible option for a classic travel timepiece.
The Case and Dial
The Blancpain complete calendar, or in French, the Quantième Complet GMT is available in stainless steel and 18 K red gold. The watch measures 40.00 mm diameter and 11.80 mm in thickness. It is fit with a sapphire caseback and is water resistant to 3 bar.
The watch has a relatively slim profile and has a pleasant size. The case is rounded on the sides and back, and uses a step bezel to taper the height of the watch. Sticking with the same Villeret case design, the Blancpain Complete Calendar is polished on all surfaces. The classic look is then made complete with a slim fluted edge crown.
As with most calendar watches, the Blancpain displays the day of the week and month in windows. The date is displayed with the iconic serpentine date pointer. Not stopping there, Blancpain also adds a GMT function to the watch. The second timezone display is revealed using a 24 hour inner ring and a GMT hand.
A quick set feature is also used for the main hours hand, through independent adjustments using the crown. Ensuring that the watch places itself as an ideal travel companion, the calendar indications are linked to the local time display shown on the principal hands. Home time is shown with a red tipped hand.
The in-house movement cal. 67A5, is a movement based on the Frederic Piguet cal. 1151. The self-winding movement features a silicium balance spring and has a 72 hour power reserve. Other innovations used on this movement include quick adjust levers located at the underside of the lugs, that can be used to change the calendar and moon phase indications. This is in place of the regular push pin buttons found at the side of cases on other calendar timepieces.
The overall look and feel of the watch is classic, and rather pleasant. It is easy to maneuver and set the indications. The only qualm with it is really the clutter on the dial. 3 rows of indicators and 4 hands and another 3 window indicators suggest clutter. And with all the information going on in the dial, a lazy pair of eyes may find it too much of a chore to read the analog display after all.
There are two versions of the new Quantième Complet GMT, in red gold with an opaline dial and applied red gold Roman indexes; and in stainless steel with a white dial and white gold applied Roman indexes. Both are fitted into 40 mm diameter cases with the traditional Villeret double stepped bezel. Alligator straps or metal bracelets are available for each.
Villeret Quantième Complet GMT (Steel) S$22,000
Villeret Quantième Complet GMT(Red gold) S$36,900
Steel or 18 K Red gold
Case thickness 11.80 mm
Case diameter 40.00 mm
Water resistance 3.00 bar
Between horns 22.00 mm
Alligator lined with alzavel