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Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT Watch

Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT Watch Watch Releases

The modern-day Blancpain as we know it really began in the early '80s after it was sold to Jacques Piguet and Jean-Claude Biver. One of the first watches that Biver developed was the complete calendar watch, which showed the day and month via two apertures at 12 o’clock, the date using a pointer, and a moon phase at 6 o’clock. It’s a classic arrangement and it proved to be very successful as it was reminiscent of vintage watches. Blancpain improved on its complete calendar watches by introducing the complete calendar GMT in 2002. This took the complete calendar watch and added a GMT function, making it more functional especially for the jet setter. Now, there’s a new complete calendar GMT watch and it's called the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT.

Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT Watch Watch Releases

The Villeret Quantième Complet GMT is available in two versions. There’s a red gold version that comes with an opaline dial and a stainless steel version that comes with a white dial. The differences between the two are quite subtle. The red gold version has applied red gold Roman hour indices and red gold hour and minute hands, while the stainless steel version has applied white gold Roman hour indices and white gold hour and minute hands. Water resistance is 30m.

Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT Watch Watch Releases

At 40mm wide and 11.8mm in height, the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT has classic and modest proportions. Owners can choose to pair their Villeret Quantième Complet GMT watches with either hand-stitched alligator straps or metal bracelets. One unique feature of the watch is the absence of any correctors on the case flanks. Usually, complete calendar watches rely on such correctors for adjustments of the calendar complications, but the Villeret Quantième Complet GMT instead has very discreet correctors that are located under the lugs. This enables it to have completely smooth case flanks.

Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT Watch Watch Releases

The dial is classy and legible. At the center of the dial are the apertures that display the day and month. A red-tipped hand points to the GMT hours while a second blued serpentine-shaped hand points to the date. At 6 o’clock, you have a moon phase indicator. My single gripe with the watch is the hands. Based on the press images sent to us, the leaf-shaped hands seem to be a bit short.

Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT Watch Watch Releases

The movement within is the in-house self-winding Caliber 67A5. It consists of 286 components and is just 6mm thick. It has a 72-hour long power reserve and features a silicon balance spring. It also has a solid gold rotor and is visible through a sapphire display caseback, and as you would expect, it is handsomely decorated with the usual Côtes de Genève, polished screw heads, and beveled bridges.

Though the Villeret Quantième Complet GMT is not quite to my tastes, I can see it being an attractive option for well-heeled watch lovers seeking an elegant watch for travel. Pricing for the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT hasn't been shared just yet, but we'll be sure to update you once we hear more from the brand. blancpain.com

About the Author

Kenny is very much an analog man; preferring mechanical watches to quartz watches, driving with a stick as opposed to paddles on the wheel, and shopping at brick and mortar shops than online. He has one golden rule when it comes buying watches: always, always, see the watch in person first before committing to a purchase. 
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  • Marius

    According to this article: “The movement within is the in-house self-winding Caliber 67A5.”

    Actually, that’s not correct. The movement used is not a Blancpain in-house caliber, but a Frederic Piguet 1150 with a GMT module. Other brands using this movement include: Breguet, Urban Jürgensen, Harry Winston, Jacques Droz, etc. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/69f3d58f1433b8943c0f494b8f90adfe7c2dd33543cd8f84b6d93f353f6d08e4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b9eb48a71baa8067c0e27cf9e77353f8fd065b25f5c3ca34c5714b63c9ef8ec1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0780fd2ad7e509fb77e67bf332b5d69f953462a31de3523c1e5beda73b278b76.jpg

    • ProJ

      Mr Marius, ABTW’s myths buster. Thank you.

    • BNABOD

      Boom

    • Timestandsstill

      It’s kind of a gray area as we all know that Blancpain owns Frederic Piguet which since 2010 has been known as Manufacture Blancpain so they can probably legitimately call it an in house calibre.

  • ProJ

    The dial has 73 different numbers (31 for date, 12 for hours, 24 for second time zone, 6 for moon phase) so I guess it’s a little busy. But have to say well organized and decently finished. Oh and that bracelet looks awesome.

    • Rob Crenshaw

      The bracelet is awesome. I have the bracelet in SS on a much simpler Villeret, and it is beyond belief quality. Ostensibly a Milanese, it actually tapers by varying the width of the beads themselves as they move towards the butterfly clasp. It’s heavy, slinky, comfortable, and the polish is incredible. It is frighteningly expensive though, about $3K for SS, can’t imagine what the gold costs.

      • ProJ

        Thanks for sharing your experience, you are not helping my bank account though ?. The ss version is strongly on my wish list.

  • Yan Fin

    Stainless hands on white dial are completely illegible. Blued would be so much better.

  • SuperStrapper

    Meh. Lovely at forst glance but in scrutinisation I get turned off. The total handset is nice in concept, but the time telling hands need to be straletched as the article mentions, and the 24hr hand needs to lose the bright red tip (why does a watch like this need to be sported up?). The date hand is actually very cool, in a peculiar and unique way.

    The movement may be modified in house but looking at how poorly it fills the case it is quite apparant it was not built for this specific watch.

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    • hatster

      I did wonder if anyone else had seen it…. sticks out like a sore thumb!

  • David Rolls

    Love it.

  • The choice of color on the hands (red tip for GMT and blue for the date) seems off somehow – a sport or two of color can often be a good thing but in this case not exactly.

    I agree with Yan Fin that (properly sized) blue hands for the hour and minutes would be better looking as well as easier to read.

    The steel reference seems to work better for me – the roman numeral hour markers on the rose gold cased one look odd in the photos. But perhaps much better in person (and at least it has rose gold hands, so maybe it all comes together).

    As much as I appreciate the fluid styling of the roman numerals, they seem to clash with the quite upright font used for the date and 24 hour scale (and the month and day too).

  • BNABOD

    “My single gripe with the watch is the hands. Based on the press images sent to us, the leaf-shaped hands seem to be a bit short.” yup that and you can’t see them ..aside from that I dig it

  • Pete L

    Quite nice and I love the correctors but way too much going on on the dial. Busy is an understatement.

  • spiceballs

    With so many hands as it stands, I guess a “second” hand proved to be out of the question. Perhaps the “well-heeled” buyers only require minute accuracy? Lucky them?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Very nice.

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