Via the much sought after Villeret collection, Blancpain gives life to a technical giant, a collection that is constantly on the rise and unfailing in its modernism. Named after the native village of Blancpain, Villeret honours the Swiss watch-maker's roots and signifies the long voyage of the company primed in success. Ultimate progressive technology is scooped in with a contemporary face to match, maintaining an addiction to Haute Horlogerie customs that make this collection a complete must have on one's wrist. With an unperturbed penchant for surprises, the Blancpain Villeret family endears itself to the spirited, the technology lovers and mums the critics.
One of the most recent contributions to the Villeret family is the Villeret 8 Day with Grand Feu Enamel Dial, a happy addition to the 2014 collection. This model boasts of an in-house Blancpain movement (Calibre 1335) with a full 8 day power reserve. Grand Feu is an extremely stable material which helps showcase the watches strengthened ties with tradition. The enamel is made by layering pigments and repeatedly firing at high temperatures. In this case, the hour-markers are painted in enamel while construction and not on the enamel as is usually the norm. This ensures that the enamel set paint does not wear off with time as is wont to happen in other watches. The new collection also features a distinctive JB logo engraved in between the IV and V, VII and VIII. As the tale goes, this is a shared secret signature that enamellists have been using traditionally to initial their works.
The Chronograph Pulsometre is the newest feature in the Blancpain Villeret bonnet. This technology consists of a pioneer self-winding movement that beats at a never-before 36,000 vibrations per hour (5 Hz) and is also equipped with a flyback chronograph function. The Pulsometre function bestows to the watch medical expertise by making it possible to display the wearer’s heart beat directly on the dial. The chronograph which is connected to specially graduated scale needs to be started to be able to check one's heart rate.