Blancpain Villeret GMT Date: Malaysia Price And Review

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Blancpain Villeret GMT Date

The late Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Certainly, these comments ring true for Blancpain. One of the oldest brands in the world of horology, it has forged a reputation for creating timepieces that combine refrained and refined aesthetics with groundbreaking movements.

Blancpain Villeret GMT Date

Nothing embodies this approach better than the classical Villeret collection, which takes its name from the village of Blancpain’s birth, where Jehan-Jacques Blancpain officially registered as a watchmaker in 1735. This year, the spotlight falls on the GMT complication. It is presented in its simplest expression in the Villeret GMT Date, which has a large, clear dial that makes the simultaneous indication of two-time zones easy to read.

Blancpain Villeret GMT Date

The local time—to which the date is linked—is represented by a raised chapter ring composed of traditional applied Roman numerals. This encircles a 24-hour scale of Arabic numerals for the reference time. Separate hands indicate the two-time zones: slim leaf-shaped hands mark the local hours and minutes, while the hand pointing to the second time zone is denoted by a triangular tip in red. In a deft touch, the large seconds hand that completes the Villeret GMT Date’s four-arm quartet is adorned with the initials ‘JB’ in homage to the Maison’s founder. Fast GMT correction, date adjustment as well as time-setting are all done via the crown.

Blancpain Villeret GMT Date

The Villeret GMT Date may be all traditional on the outside, but within its sleek double-stepped case lies a very modern automatic movement. The 5A50 self-winding movement is entirely designed and produced in the Manufacture’s workshops. It is equipped with the latest technical developments, has a four-day power reserve and a silicon hairspring. In terms of finishes, the transparent sapphire crystal caseback reveals a Côtes de Genève motif on the bridges and a honeycomb pattern embellishing the gold oscillating weight.

Case

40mm stainless steel or 18K red gold

Dial

Stainless steel: white with stainless steel numerals and hands

18K Red gold: opaline with red gold numerals and hands

Movement

Self-winding Calibre 5A50 with date

Bracelet/Strap

Bracelet in stainless steel or 18K red gold, or alligator leather strap

Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, dual time zone, date

Power Reserve

100 hours

Price

RM42,300 (stainless steel with alligator strap)
RM50,600 (stainless steel with bracelet)

RM70,500 (red gold with alligator strap)
RM144,000 (red gold with bracelet)

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Leong Wong

Editor, CROWN Malaysia

A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.



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