Allow me to add here that the version you are seeing pictures of is actually in an 18k white gold case, but it appears as though Blancpain will produce it as a steel model and the exact same 18k white gold case for a different dial option. This is a possibility, but it’s hard to affirm, as their site is unclear regarding whether or not an 18k white gold version with this clean white dial is available.As a dress watch, I like the calming effect of this clean dial that’s otherwise quite functional. It wears well as a result of the comfortable case and appears larger given the thin bezel structure. Distinctive Blancpain Villeret-style Roman numerals and fitting leaf-style palms add to the brand’s trademark look. In steel and red gold, the Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT watch even includes a matching bracelet option that I quite like – along with the black alligator strap choice.Manufactured in house by Blancpain, the Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT watch contains the caliber 6054F automatic movement – whose gold rotor is quite well decorated. While the motion structure is decidedly modern in its aesthetics, you still see a whole lot of haute horology hand-finishing. The motion operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) and has a power reserve of 72 hours (three days).
A unique version of the Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar with a striking black enamel dial was conceived for Only Watch 2015, becoming one of the handful of watches by Blancpain fitted with such a dial.
Originally introduced in 2012, the Blancpain Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar is a wristwatch conceived for the Chinese market but one that is admirably different. Instead of an enamelled dragon or phoenix, it features a completely new complication, one that displays the traditional Chinese calendar. Blancpain’s contribution to charity auction Only Watch is a unique version of the Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar fitted with a black enamel dial. The dial is black enamel with applied rose gold indices, as well as rose gold printing on the dial, all to match the 45mm rose gold case. The conventional Gregorian date is indicated on the outermost edge of the dial with a blued steel, serpentine hand.
The Chinese calendar display shows the “traditional double hour indication, day, month with leap year, zodiac signs, as well as the five elements and 10 celestial stems”.
In addition to the dial, another feature unique to the Only Watch edition is the rose gold rotor decorated with black champlevé enamel.
The Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar Only Watch will be sold on November 7, 2015, at an auction in Geneva overseen by Phillips. All proceeds from the sale will go to support research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. For a detail look at the platinum version of the Traditional Chinese Calendar, check out our photo essay published when it was first launched.