The Brassus watchmakers combine red gold, a precious metal boasting a warm hue, with deep sky blue to offer us an incredibly refined marriage free of any fancy frills.

The Quantième Complet, a classic amongst classics from Blancpain’s Villeret collection, is exalted thanks to the presence of an incomparably-intense, sumptuous blue dial with sunburst finish. The day and month displays, featured in their respective apertures, stand out on this luminous décor, as does the date hovered over by a serpentine hand. Like in previous variations, the Moon phases of course complete this perfectly-harmonious composition. Likewise, the Roman-numeral-adorned hour chapter is pointed at by elegant hollow sage-leaf-style hands.

blancpain villeret quantieme complet gold milanese starpThe 40 mm-diameter, 10.94 mm-thick red gold case featuring a “double-stepped” (double pomme) bezel hosts the caliber 6654. Like the conductor of an orchestra, it directs the time data displays with panache and, at the same time, delivers a wonderfully-comfortable power reserve of 3 days, i.e. around 72 hours. This self-winding movement is also equipped with a safety system enabling the watch owner to set the calendar functions at any time without disturbing the watch’s running. The existence of under-lug correctors means all data can be finger-tip adjusted, as such eliminating the need for a stylus. The timepiece’s sapphire-crystal caseback invites to admire the components’ adornments, Côtes de Genève on the bridges and honeycomb pattern on the oscillating weight.

blancpain villeret quantieme complet blue leather strapThis version of the Villeret Quantième Complet Blue Dial is complemented by an alligator strap crafted in an intense shade similar to that center staged on the dial. Blancpain also proposes a Villeret Ultraplate with identical adornments, color and metal.

Price: CHF24,000

By Dan Diaconu