Blancpain Villeret Grande Decoration Watch

Blancpain Villeret Grande Decoration Watch

Blancpain Villeret Grande Decoration Watch   hands on

Just a nice large-sized thin watch from Blancpain? Not exactly. On the surface this handsome timepiece in the Villeret collection sports a rather thin manually-wound movement and minimalist looking two-hand dial in black or white enamel. The dial has just those signature Blancpain leaf-style hands in 18k gold as enameled Roman numeral hour markers. It is what is on the back of the watch that makes it the most interesting.

Blancpain Villeret Grande Decoration Watch   hands on

I love (love) the large size of the watch at 45mm wide (and just 8.3mm thick). Piaget's now highly popular Altiplano 43 Automatic is so great because of its 43mm wide size and thin case. Like that watch, the Villeret Grande Decoration is wide and flat - offered in an 18k rose gold case. It looks pretty impressive on the wrist, and not in one of those tiny, almost feminine ways. This is a MAN's tuxedo watch.

Blancpain Villeret Grande Decoration Watch   hands on

Blancpain Villeret Grande Decoration Watch   hands on

Containing a Blancpain manufacture-made caliver 15B manually wound movement, Blainpain hand-engraves each movement with some scene. Ideally, the scene is custom ordered by the customer. For Only Watch 2011, they created one with a scene from Monaco. For those that are not special ordered per se, Blancpain will select and engrave landscapes and landmarks from places such as Switzerland, France, Japan, China, and Hong Kong (gee, I wonder where Blancpain watches are being sold most). Look out for a later article with some more interesting details on this engraving process.

Blancpain Villeret Grande Decoration Watch   hands on

Blancpain Villeret Grande Decoration Watch   hands on

Blancpain Villeret Grande Decoration Watch   hands on

In my opinion it is quite cool to see the decoration and engravings right on the bridges of the movement. As if the gears and wheels were part of the scenery. The 15B movement is sufficiently simple and has large bridges (and surface area) to make all this possible. It is a very enjoyable concept, and I don't know how many other watches offer this type of customization as an engraving on the movement itself. This is especially attractive to those who not only enjoy bespoke luxury, but also those are are diehard mechanical movement fans.

Blancpain Villeret Grande Decoration Watch   hands on

Blancpain's intent is to create just one of each watch. I don't think too many will be made, with the brunt of the production taking place in 2011. If you want a special piece like this you should contact Blancpain soon. To see about ones made for your market check with a local Blancpain boutique. No Blancpain boutique near you? Consider it special order time...

See more articles about:

Watch Brands

6 comments
kris c
kris c

Pass. They are beautiful and impressive, no doubt, but 2-haded watches just piss me off more than anything else, even though I completely understand their purpose.

Besides, I don't know how good an engraving of Toronto would look on that.

It would be neat if BP and Angular Momentum shook hands for a few minutes and had the amazing BP engraving on the back, and then some stunning custom AM enamelling on the dial.

Put this side-by-side with the BP watch we talked about just 2 days ago, and you have quite the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Marc
Marc

The decoration looks simply stunning, the level of detail is simply amazing. They did a similar decoration on their Only Watch 2011 timepiece, except it was with a white dial.
I personally prefer the black dial, it looks better with the rose gold.

P. Merle
P. Merle

Strange. It looks like they put together 2 different watches. They took the front from one and the back from the other one. Or there were 2 teams, one for the front and the other for the back (without knowing of each other) and the back team made a much better work.
Isn't the watch industry sometimes funny? Why do they make a watch that looks better on the back side?

Ulysses
Ulysses

The movement is fantastic looking. The front though makes it look like a cheap Sekonda (ignoring the logo of course). The white-dialled version looks the best.

Ivan1998
Ivan1998

Like it but all the beauty is on the back.