During the approaching Baselworld 2012 watch event, the house of Blancpain will present its first model from the Villeret collection featuring a flinqué lacquered dial. This trendy newcomer that will be unveiled this march will surely attract many watch enthusiasts.
To those who do not know, flinque technique actually means that an object is guilloched and then coated with several layers of lacquer (in this particular model with translucent blue lacquer) that provide a dial with a beautiful and an incomparable depth effect.
As a part of the Villeret Collection, this year’s novelty with the referent number 6653Q-1529-55B boasts a big flat face and an extremely thin bezel. Its round, mid-sized case measures 40 mm in diameter and 10.83 mm in thickness and it is perfectly appropriate for an average size of a man’s wrist.
On the right side of the case, there is a small-sized winding crown that may be difficult for settings, but, at the same time, it will never cause pain to the back of your hand.
Housed in a white gold case, there is an ultra-slim Caliber 7663Q self-winding movement which consists of 244 parts to preserve full 72 hours of power reserve. The 32 jewels movement that oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 beats per hour has the diameter of 27 mm and it is only 4.57 mm thick.
The new Blancpain’s timepiece is protected on both sides with scratch-resistant sapphire crystals. Its transparent sapphire glass case back reveals the collection’s distinctive guilloché oscillating weight in white gold. Further, the water-resistance of its case is assured down to 30 meters (100 feet).
The blue lacquered dial of the new Blancpain Villaret with white gold Roman numerals and hands is designed for timeless appeal. The dial comprises four hands: the leaf-styled hour and minute hands, the serpentine hand that shows the current date and a small seconds hand used for the retrograde seconds counter located at the 6 o’clock position.
For the wristlet, the legendary Swiss manufacturer has chosen an alzavel-lined alligator leather strap with a folding clasp which keeps the watch secure on the wearer’s wrist all of the time. The deep blue colored strap matches perfectly with the dial.
This Blancpain’s timekeeper can be worn in all sorts of situations, from formal events to more casual activities.
I still do not have any information about the price, but I am sure that it will not be cheap.