The reason why a watch between square inches has great charm is not only because of the extremely difficult production technology behind the micro-mechanics, the production that requires calmness, and the appreciation of the mountains and rivers, but also because Master watchmakers are always solving time-related puzzles, bringing more convenience and possibility to human life. The perpetual calendar, one of the three complication of watches, was born from the exploration of this time unit of the modern calendar by watchmakers. The Blancpain Villeret classic series perpetual calendar watch (watch model: 6659-3631-MMB) blends this terrestrial calendar with the heavenly moon on a small dial.
At the beginning of the perpetual calendar, there are not many places where people can see the calendar. Perpetual calendar is still a very convenient and practical complex function for wristwatches. With the evolution of the times, the perpetual calendar now plays more and more the same role as the decoration of diamonds and gemstones. This ‘decorative’ effect also divides the pointer indication date and the digital dial indication date into two different perceptions.
Although the date indicated by the digital dial is easier to read, I personally prefer the perpetual calendar design of the date indicated by the hands. This Blancpain Villeret classic series perpetual calendar watch shows the aesthetics of the different angles between the date indicated hands. Of course, it doesn’t stop at the appearance. Behind the perpetual calendar watch is another mechanical beauty that is independent of the hour and minute display system. Dozens of parts of the perpetual calendar are installed on independent splints, which perfectly cooperate with each other.
The case of this watch is made of 18K red gold, and the slim double bezel makes the watch look more layered. The bold roman numerals on the pure white flawless white enamel arched dial are clear and easy to read. The month small dial, date small dial, moon phase display window, and week small dial are symmetrically distributed on the dial around the central axis. The small dial of the month is marked with the abbreviation of the month on the outer circle and the leap year is displayed on the inner circle. In the watch’s moon phase display window, the golden full moon opened her eyes and looked aside, very naughty, with the corners of her mouth rising slightly as if smiling or elusive. The diameter of the watch is 42 mm, which is enough to carry the complex functions of the perpetual calendar and the moon phase, and it is still well-shaped.
The crown of the watch is slightly flat, but with a non-slip texture on the side, it is still easy to adjust, and the top of the Blancpain classic logo ‘JB’ is embossed.
The bracelet of the watch is made of 18K red gold, which is made into a fabric-shaped bracelet. At the same time, it is equipped with a folding buckle for safe and secure wearing.
The back of the watch is transparent, and after the red gold automatic rudder, the 5939A self-winding movement is visible. This movement consists of a total of 379 parts. The plywood is polished in Geneva, the sun is polished on the gears, and the screws and plywood are chamfered. The movement provides a power reserve of up to 192 hours.
In summary: Blancpain’s perpetual calendar watch comes from the Villeret classic series, which adheres to the brand’s historical roots and constantly updates the watch’s design and movement. The heavy weight of this watch is its accumulated history. The double-bezel case forms rounded lines, which is its timeless elegance. The official price of this watch is 592,500 yuan.