May 7, 2020

Introducing The Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet And The Ultraplate With Blue Dials

Quick Take
Blancpain has released two new color variations of existing models in the Villeret collection, pairing the stepped red-gold case with a blue dial for the very first time. What we have here are the Quantième Complet, a complete calendar, and the Ultraplate, a time and date dress watch. Both of these pieces are mechanically and functionally identical to other existing variants within the line, with the only difference being this new dial and case color combination. These watches are assuredly blue, but not excessively so, and offer a rich addition to the existing collection.Cartier replica

Initial Thoughts
Blancpain may invoke images of the Fifty Fathoms and Bathyscaphe at first mention for some, but the brand's heritage is deeply rooted in inherently classic watch design. The Villeret collection is the purest expression of the classic watch ethos that Blancpain offers across any of its collections with watches that are exemplary in terms of aesthetics, mechanics, and functionally. With the new midnight blue variations of the Quantième Complet and Ultraplate, Blancpain has gotten to the very essence of this line with a mere tweak of the dial.

The Quantième Complet complete calendar boasts all the wonderful complication and functionality it always has. Everything remains the same on this watch from the correctors beneath the lugs, to the illustration of the moon phase, date pointer, and curvaceous Roman numeral markers. Being a complete calendar, it will require manual adjustments at the end of months which do not contain 31 days. You can get take a look at the ease of operation that this watch offers for these adjustments by checking out this Week on the Wrist featuring the white gold model. With the new blue dial variant, Blancpain appears to have integrated contrasting bursts of color to signify the sectional design of the dial itself. There is a radial sunburst effect which takes up the larger sections of the dial while a separate ring, which houses the date, appears to have its own secondary sunburst. As I said, nothing has really changed here, but the dial color has had a huge impact on the look of the watch overall, despite that fact.

The time and date Ultraplate is, and has been, a vastly refined dress watch for today. At 40mm large, the watch gives you everything you need for normal daily wear, whether that is in an office environment or something a little more formal. The red gold hands – including a seconds hand – and those same Roman numeral markers paired with the simple date window at three o'clock give this watch a balanced simplicity and versatility. Now with the new blue dial, the watch looks stronger. There is a soothing calmness to the blue dial against the gold case that works especially well on this watch due to the minimal nature of the time and date complication.

Without materially updating the watch, Rolex Replica instead opting to offer it in a new color variation, I think Blancpain has landed on a great addition to the collection. Blue dials are extremely popular, so it's easy to see the reason behind the choice, but this particular shade of blue paired with the red gold of the case provides a warmth and masculinity to these pieces. Of course, these are two entirely different watches that will attract a different set of buyers, but when looking at them side by side, there is a coherence and unity that bridges them together despite their many mechanical and even aesthetic differences. Both of these watches contain manufacture caliber movements from Blancpain based upon the original F. Piguet caliber 1151, so there is more DNA shared than in looks alone.

Sometimes, a dial color change is just that, a dial color change. But here, the new color of the dial has elevated the very watches themselves in more ways than one. Both watches are available on either a blue Alligator leather strap or red-gold Mille Mailles bracelet.


The Basics
Brand: Blancpain
Model: Villeret Quantième Complet and the Ultraplate
Reference Number: 6651-3640-55 / 6651-3640-MMB and 6654-3640-55 / 6654-3640-MMB

Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 10.94 (Quantième Complet) and 8.70 mm (Ultraplate)QQ
Case Material: 18k red gold
Dial Color: Midnight Blue
Indexes: Roman numerals
Lume: No
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Blue leather strap or red-gold Mille Mailles bracelet

The Movement
Caliber: Calibre 6654 (Quantième Complet) / Calibre 1151 (Ultraplate)
Functions: Complete Calendar, moon phase, seconds, under-lug correctors, secured calendar and moon-phase mechanism (Quantième Complet) / date and seconds (Ultraplate)
Diameter: 32.00mm (Quantième Complet) / 27.40mm (Ultraplate)
Thickness: 5.50mm (Quantième Complet) / 3.37mm (Ultraplate)
Power Reserve: 72 hours (Quantième Complet) / 100 hours (Ultraplate)
Winding: Self-winding
Jewels: 28
Chronometer Certified: No

Pricing & Availability
Price: Quantieme Complet Alligator strap $25,700 / Quantieme Complet red-gold Mille Mailles bracelet $45,000 / Ultraplate Alligator strap $19,400 / Ultraplate red-gold Mille Mailles bracelet $39,900
Availability: TBD
Limited Edition: No