With the Villeret Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Retrograde, Blancpain presents its first model with bouncing hours and retrograde minutes. Also, that is not all… There is substantially more than initially meets the eye with this rich Villeret watch. Its straightforward time show and perfect, exemplary look fuse in fact testing complications and brilliant craftsmanship. How about we take a nearer look.
Baselworld 2018 has been a decent vintage for Blancpain. Close by a cool, vintage-propelled Bathyscaphe with yearly schedule, Blancpain has presented its first watch with bouncing hours and retrograde minutes. Controlled by a flying tourbillon, the new Villeret Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Retrograde stands apart with clear illustrations and rich moderate feel. While it looks Blancpain as far as possible, it is an in fact progressed watch with more to uncover than simply this exceptional display.
First, it includes a complex controlling organ: a flying tourbillon. On the opposite of numerous other tourbillons, a flying tourbillon is cantilevered. It is a skewed construction where the tourbillon cage is held by one side just, instead of being upheld by spans on the two sides. Blancpain makes this idea one stride further as the lower connect is a straightforward sapphire circle. Accordingly, the tourbillon controller is by all accounts coasting, giving an entrancing perspective on its ballet.
Echoing the window for the tourbillon at 12 o’clock are the hopping hours and retrograde minutes signs, which are assembled at 6 o’clock – the hour window set inside the retrograde hours sub-dial. This showcase is both exquisite, clean and intuitive.
This actually testing time sign is viable and practical. It is immediate, requiring the instrument to gather power prior to delivering it with one quick development. Hours and minutes need to bounce and fly-back exactly when an entire hour has passed. To ensure all activities are completely planned, Blancpain utilizes the minute wrench to trigger the hour jump.
Powering this rich Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Retrograde is hand-wound type 260 MR. At 32mm in measurement and 5.5mm thick, it has a long 144-hour (or 6-day) power hold. It comprises no less than 263 components. A guilloché wheel on the rear shows the condition of the force reserve.
This development is luxuriously adorned with a hand-guilloché design on the extensions and a wonderful openwork ratchet wheel. All the edges of the scaffolds are chamfered and cleaned by hand, bringing about a satisfying, complex decoration.
The same careful craftsmanship goes into the making of the Grand Feu veneer dial. It is a “champlevé” dial, and the regions to be plated are dug out to make the shape of the dial and welded subdial. When the compartments have been made, a few layers of veneer are applied by hand and terminated in a stove at about 800ºC. The rings around the hour window and the tourbillon are jewel cleaned. The consequence of this work, handmade in-house at Blancpain, is wonderful. The Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Retrograde is complex yet downplayed and elegant.
Calibre 260 MR is encased in a 42mm 18k red gold case with the exemplary feel that have characterized Blancpain watches for quite a long time. It includes the round, twofold ventured bezel and straight carries of the Villeret family. The snap-on display case back gives an unobstructed perspective on the movement.
The Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Retrograde is worn on a gator tie with a collapsing fasten (or an arm band). It is likewise accessible in a platinum restricted release of 20 pieces. Retail costs are set at CHF 139,000 for the red gold adaptation and CHF 169,000 for the platinum variant. For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, visit www.blancpain.com .