Ahead of Baselworld, which takes place next month (March 22-27), Blancpain has released a preview of their updated Villeret Quantième Complete GMT, which is a complete calendar moonphase watch with GMT function.
There are two versions of the new Quantième Complete GMT: one in red gold with an opaline dial and applied red gold Roman indexes, and one in stainless steel with a white dial and white gold applied Roman indexes.
The case measures 40 mm x 11.80 mm and features a stepped, fixed bezel, that is thin, resulting in a watch that appears bigger than the specifications suggest.
With the day of the week and month in dedicated apertures at 12 o’clock and the date displayed via the outer most chapter ring and a blue serpentine handed hand, the dial design is reminiscent of the original collection that dates back to the early 1980s. There is also a moonphase indicator at 6 o’clock.
Gold or steel skeletonized hands indicate hours and minutes, and a second centrally mounted hand with a red arrow tip shows the home time zone.
The local time, shown via the primary hands can be rapidly corrected via the crown in one-hour increments, as seen on many GMT watches.
Enhanced by a silicium balance spring, the movement, which measures 27 mm x 6 mm, is automatic and has 286 components 28 jewels, and a 72-hour power reserve.
Setting of all the calendar and moon phase functions is now controlled with under-lug correctors that can be pressed with your fingertips instead of a corrector tool (which is how the older model and most complete calendars work). The advantage is two-fold in that you don’t need to use a corrector tool and the case flanks are not cluttered with recessed correctors.