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Pre Baselworld 2015: Blancpain Villeret Collection Grande Date

by Nick Gould on January 17, 2015

For the first time in the Villeret Collection, Blancpain has introduced a Grande Date model.  Blancpain 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 to the wearer of the watch.

6669_3642_55B_Face

Blancpain set out with the the caliber 6950, 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.

6669_3642_55B_Back (Cropped)

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.

6669-3642-55B_PR_HD Converted(Resized)

Specifications from Press Release

Ref 6669-3642-55B- Villeret, Large Date, seconds, opaline dial, self-winding

Calibre 6950

Thickness: 4.75 mm

Diameter: 32mm

Power-reserve: 72 Hours

Self winding

35 Jewels

285 Components

Case

18ct red gold

Thickness: 10.88mm

Diameter: 40mm

Water-resistance: 3 Bar

Sapphire crystal back

Lug width: 22mm

Strap

Chocolate brown alligator strap with 18ct red gold buckle

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