Blancpain Villeret Day-Date Steel

written by YWH team 5 June 2017
Blancpain Villeret Day-Date Steel
Quick specs Blancpain Villeret Day-Date Steel
Price: $ 10,900 | € 10.350 | approx. £ 9,130
Size: 40 mm
Reference: 6652-1127-55B
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Villeret is the home of Blancpain and a major watchmaking center. But it is also the name of Blancpain’s classic watch collection. For the first time in the Villeret Collection, Blancpain introduces a day-date complication and releases a couple of models with this complication or a variant of it. Like the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Annuel GMT Steel and the Blancpain Villeret Semainier Grande Date 8 Jours. This Blancpain Villeret Day-Date Steel is more of an entry-level model.

The new complication is housed in a stainless steel case measuring 40 millimeters in diameter. Its matt white dial features leaf-shaped cut-out hands and a small seconds display appears at 6 o’clock. The day of the week and the date are shown at the 3 o’clock position. The day change is instantaneous, while that of the date is semi-instantaneous.

The Blancpain Villeret Day-Date Steel is one of the nicest new dress watches

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The heart of the Blancpain Villeret Day-Date Steel is the automatic caliber 1160DD. Normally we provide some details about the balance wheel in the specs, but this time it deserves some special attention. The balance wheel is fashioned in glucydur with gold micro-metric regulation screws and a balance spring in silicon. This material is relatively new in the watch industry and has some advantages. It has a low density that makes it lighter and therefore more shock-resistant. In addition, it is also resistant to magnet fields. The sapphire case back provides a great view of the hand-finished movement and the yellow gold winding rotor with its honeycomb guilloché pattern.

It took some time, but Blancpain has finally delivered one of the more useful complications to its Villeret collection. On a clean, minimalistic dial housed in a stainless steel case. One of the nicest dress watches from this year.

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technical data Blancpain Villeret Day-Date Steel
Blancpain 1160DD | Automatic | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Jewels: 34 | Parts: 275 | Balance wheel in glucydur with gold micro-metric regulation screws | Yellow gold winding rotor with honeycomb guilloché pattern | Hours, minutes, small seconds, day, date | Power-reserve: 72 hours
Case & dial:
40 mm | Stainless steel | Thickness: 10.4 mm | Matt white dial | Leaf-shaped cut-out hands | Sapphire crystal back | Water-resistance: 3 ATM / 3 bar / 30 meters / 100 feet
Black alligator leather
Price Blancpain Villeret Day-Date Steel:
$ 10,900 | € 10.350 | approx. £ 9,130

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