Since the early 1980’s, Blancpain’s complete calendar moonphase timepieces have been a signature of the house. In 2002, the two complications were enriched by a GMT function and, since then, a model with complete calendar, moonphase display and GMT has always been in the Blancpain catalogue.
For Baselworld 2018, the Swiss manufacture reinterprets this practical complication and brings it back with the new Quantième Complet GMT enhanced with Blancpain’s patented under lug correctors. The new Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT remains true to the origins of the model, with a display that is unsurprisingly familiar. Hours and minutes are paired with two windows for the day of the week and the month at 12 o’clock.
The date with a supplemental blued serpentine shaped hand reading upon scale positioned around the chapter ring and the moon phase with an elegant aperture at 6 o’clock. The calendar indications are linked to the local time display shown on the principal hands while home time is shown with an easily readable red tipped hand. To add to the functionality of this watch, a GMT function is located on the central axis, with a 24h track positioned in the centre of the dial.
The in-house calibre 67A5 movement now features a silicium balance spring with its superior anti-magnetic. Housed in a 40mm case, with the classic Villeret double-stepped bezel, it will be available in steel or in 18k red gold. Fully polished, this case can be combined on both versions with a leather strap or a metallic bracelet.
The Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT will be officially launched at Baselworld 2018 and its price will be revealed during the fair.