The historic Swiss watchmaking house Blancpain’s hallmark timepieces express the essence of horology with timeless elegance, and the brand’s most classic collection is named for its home village, Villeret. Traditional and sparse, the models all have a purity of line and slender double-stepped cases.
The range now has a new addition with the Villeret Extraplate Boutique Edition, which boasts a couple of firsts, featuring a debut for the green dial, and marks the first time in a decade that the house has designed and produced a timepiece of yellow gold. The intense and subtle green dial has a sunburst finish, and is robed in a 40mm yellow gold case which houses Blancpain’s 1151 calibre. The brand designs and produces all its calibres in-house, and its expertise allows it to create a high-performance movement just 3.25mm thick, which operates the hour and minute indications, large central seconds hand, and a date window, while the self-winding calibre has a four-day power reserve. All this is packed into its slender 8.7mm case.
This dainty watch, exclusive to Blancpain boutiques, has refinement written through it, from the hand-applied markers on the dial to the back, where the bridges can be seen engraved with a Côte de Genève pattern, and an oscillating weight that features a honeycomb motif, and to the choice of the brown nubuck alligator leather strap.