BLANC­PAIN VILLERET UL­TRA-SLIM POWER RE­SERVE

Plaza Watch International - - Display Case - Ultra Thin Watches -

The Blanc­pain Villeret Col­lec­tion is so named after the vil­lage and birth­place of the company, and it’s hall­marked by its clas­si­cal styling and tra­di­tional ap­peal. The col­lec­tion has been core to Blanc­pain since the early 1980s and this new ul­tra-slim ad­di­tion is an un­der­stated beauty. It’s an al­liance of pure aes­thetic codes and tech­ni­cal re­fine­ment. Cre­at­ing a move­ment with min­i­mal thick­ness, whilst not sac­ri­fic­ing an iota of ac­cu­racy, has al­ways been one of the great­est chal­lenges fac­ing the master watch­maker. This par­tic­u­lar piece fea­tures date dis­play, small seconds, power-re­serve in­di­ca­tion and a stun­ningly lu­mi­nous white dial. Ap­plied pol­ished steel Ro­man nu­mer­als grace the dial and the el­e­gant leaf-shaped, skele­tonized hour and minute hands in pol­ished steel are the per­fect cul­mi­na­tion to a crisp and sub­tle aes­thetic. The cal­i­bre 11C5 is just 3.3mm thick and 26.2mm in di­am­e­ter. The fi­nal di­men­sions are 8.55mm with a di­am­e­ter of 40mm. A watch as re­fined as this is not re­ally in­tended for swimming, but should any owner think lit­tle of get­ting wet with it, not a prob­lem – it’s wa­ter resistant to 3 bar. The beauty of this watch is that its easy el­e­gance be­lies a slew of tech­ni­cal ob­sta­cles. To over­come th­ese with such a slim move­ment is a mark of horo­log­i­cal ex­cel­lence.

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