The new Blancpain Villeret Annual Calendar GMT, now fitted with a stainless steel case, enriches the Blancpain collections with the first annual calendar GMT model available in this metal. Playing with contrasts, the clear sapphire case back reveals the yellow gold winding rotor adorned with a guilloché motif. The hands as well as the hour-markers match the material of the watch case. The dial layout has been designed to facilitate the order of annual calendar readings. The day, date and month are thus smoothly read off one after the other. These live pictures we bring you straight from Baselworld 2016, will leave you wanting to check this piece out once it hits the authorized dealer network.
The dial with applied Roman numerals, features a day aperture at 2, date aperture at 3 and month aperture at 4 o'clock. The layout is very unique when compared to other annual calendars from the brand or from other manufactures. Additionally, there is a small 24-hour GMT indicator for reference time located at 8 o'clock. The GMT display local time is provided by the central hours hand to which the date is linked. Simplicity and elegance are the name of the game on the dial of the new Blancpain Villeret Annual Calendar GMT. Encased in a 40 mm stainless steel case this watch is very elegant yet perfect for daily wear.
The stainless steel case is fitted with Blancpain’s exclusive patented under-lug correctors. The ingenious idea behind this system was to place the correctors under the lugs so that they can be operated by hand without any need for a correcting stylus, as well as remaining hidden from sight when the watch is worn. The one at 1 o’clock enables simple manual adjustment of the day of the week; while the other at 5 o’clock adjusts the month. Fast GMT and date corrections, along with time-setting, are all handled via the crown. GMT —Greenwich Mean Time— is a term used to refer to watches with dials featuring a second time-zone display. The new Blancpain Villeret Annual Calendar GMT Steel is equipped with the automatic 6054F calibre composed of 367 parts and which provides a power reserve of 72 hours when fully wound. This movement requires only one date adjustment per year, between February and March. For the rest of the year, the watch automatically moves from the 30th or the 31st to the first day of the following month. The movement features the patented honeycomb motif oscillating weight 18K yellow gold.
This new stainless steel timepiece from Blancpain is equipped with an alligator leather strap lined with Alzavel calfskin, while a triple-blade folding clasp ensures optimal user-friendliness. The watch wears true to its size and extremely elegantly.
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