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The watchmakers from Brassus have ever-so sensitively revisited the dial features of one of their great classics. The watch with its 3 hands and date adorns enhanced clarity and elegance.
In 1982, Villeret became synonymous with a collection of timepieces which flaunted Blancpain’s watchmaking tradition. Up until this year, it has continuously boasted new references masterfully center staging traditional watchmaking complications. In 2020, the manufacture pursues its mechanical adventure and unveils a new, ultra-slim date piece, hosting a 38 mm-diameter, 8.35 mm-slim case. The Villeret Ultraplate Quantième is proposed in two versions, one in steel, the other rather more refined in red gold. Those wishing for sophistication will be charmed by the version crowned with a row of diamonds. On the white or opaline dials, depending on the material used to craft the gracefully-sleek case featuring a “double-stepped” (double pomme) bezel, we discover the hollowed sage-leaf-style hour and minute hands hovering over an hour chapter comprising Roman numerals without separators. A slender hand ticks by the seconds. In this incredibly-clear, pared-down composition, the date aperture is set at 3 o’clock. To gift the watch with optimal luminosity, the mention “automatic” has also disappeared.
Time data is driven by a self-winding movement visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback. The 1150 caliber, assembled using 210 components delivers a comfortable power reserve of around 100 hours. The 4-day autonomy is obtained thanks to two series-coupled barrels.
The Villeret Ultraplate Quantième 38 mm, complemented by a black alligator strap for the steel version and a brown one for the red gold model, is also available with a mille mailles bracelet in steel or gold.
Price: CHF8,900 (steel) – CHF6,300 (gold)
By Dan Diaconu