Blancpain Villeret watches: historical Swiss precision
Discover the versatility of the Villeret range
In keeping with a Prestige Series, Blancpain
created numerous variations and complications
for its Villeret series
. While the Villeret series is mainly intended for ladies, it also comes in an ultra-slim version for men and is available with GMT, chronograph, calendar, moon phase functions or a tourbillon. The newer models boast the special features of a complete calendar and moon phase. Don’t expect to see the usual pushers
disturbing the smooth aesthetic polish of the case here – instead, patented under-lug correctors
have cleverly been installed. There are four pushers, one each for day, month, weekday and moon phase, which you can operate with your fingernail.
What all of the variations of Villeret watches
have in common is the double-stepped case and – as expected with Blancpain, of course – the love of watch mechanics. As early as 1926, Frédéric-Emile
, the Head of Blancpain at the time, developed the first automatic movement
for a wristwatch alongside the British watchmaker John Harwood. Since its rebirth under the leadership of Jean-Claude Biver and Jacques Piguet, Blancpain has exclusively used mechanical movements
their watches piece by piece. Following the integration of the Frédéric Piguet manufacture
in 2010, Blancpain has also been developing calibres in-house
How much does a second-hand Blancpain Villeret cost?
- A fine example of the newer generation of Blancpain Villeret watches is the Quantième Complet (Ref. 6654-1529-55B) with the automatic Calibre 6654. The 40 mm wide white gold case is toned down by a blue lacquered dial. Rather than paying the RRP of €23,750, you can purchase a certified pre-owned Villeret model from €16,640 at Watchmaster. Alternatively, you can also finance this watch from €268 per month.
For those who love vintage styles, the 1989 Blancpain Villeret with automatic movement might be the model for you. With a 26 mm wide yellow gold case, this model was designed as a ladies' watch, but also appeals to men with narrower wrists. Pre-owned, this Villeret with box and papers costs approximately €4,000.
- The versatility of the Villeret series is also apparent in its GMT models such as the Ref. 6260-3642-55. As usual for the series, the dial has an appealing minimalistic feel and features indices in rose gold. The second time zone is at 12 o'clock here, while the AM / PM indicator is at 9 o'clock. With a 37 mm wide rose gold case, the price for this Villeret watch is approximately €9,000.
Naturally, the portfolio of the Villeret collection from Blancpain also includes ladies' watches, such as the Ref. 4796-1418-58 which we fortunately have a stunning vintage model of available now. With a 27 mm case in the Villeret-favourite rose gold, and automatic movement, this model could be yours for an affordable price of € 2,500.
- For approximately €6,000, we also have a pre-owned Blancpain Villeret (Ref. 6885-1542-55); a very flat chronograph with stop function and large date display at 6 o'clock. This model is driven by Calibre 6885, which is housed in a 37 mm white gold case.
An insight into the history of the Villeret series
From a dress watch to the queen of complications
With the Villeret, Blancpain consolidates its reputation as a master of mechanical movements
and presents a collection with numerous complications and joyous vintage feel. The name is a direct reference to the place where Blancpain was founded and its tradition-steeped history. The Villeret
is Blancpain's classic dress watch
, but with its warm gold tones and embellishments it sets itself apart from the cooler, more detached trend of industrial watches. The collection has not lost sight of this design language, despite Blancpain’s introduction of complications
to the series. Furthermore, it has been adapted to fit in with the more modern style by both expanding the case size and designing flatter models. For example, at Baselworld 2019, an elegant GMT version of the Villeret watches
was presented with the brand's classic models
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