For Baselworld 2018, Blancpain unveils its new Villeret Quantième Complet GMT with patented under-lug correctors.
Since the early 1980’s, Blancpain’s complete calendar moonphase timepieces have been its signature. They are easily recognized with the visibly iconic design that displays the Day and Month in windows, and the Date with a supplemental blued serpentine shaped hand reading upon scale positioned around the chapter ring. The moon phase window is a signature placement above the six o’clock position.
Adding the GMT function elevates the timepiece to a high complication. 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 introduction of this combination of complications in the Villeret Collection brings with it innovations that were developed after the original version of the Quantième Complet GMT was launched.
The Villeret Quantième Complet GMT has an in-house movement that now features a silicium balance spring with its superior anti-magnetic and timing precision properties. Setting of all the calendar and moon phase indications with a finger tip, instead of the standard tool, is made possible with the exclusive under-lug correctors. An added benefit, the hidden correctors of the Villeret Quantième Complet GMT enable completely smooth case flanks unmarred by corrector dimples, commonly found in the watch world. Rapid adjustment of local time in one hour increments is accomplished via the crown.
There are two versions of the new Villeret 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 and they come with the option of alligator strap or metal bracelet.