This year, Blancpain unveiled several interesting timepieces. One of them is Villeret Chronographe Pulsomètre which is officially introduced at Baselworld 2014 watch exhibition. This newcomer is powered with a brand-new self-winding movement which is equipped with a flyback chronograph function.
For the first time, the new mechanism called the caliber F385 displays a pulsometer function which serves to check a heart rate of the wearer easily and quickly.
The chronograph hand together with a specially graduated scale makes it possible to show the wearer’s heart beat directly on the dial without needing to calculate. To check your heart pulse on the pulsometer scale, all you will need is to start the chronograph and then stop it after counting off 30 heartbeats.
The impeccable movement has a beating rate of 36,000 vibrations per hour (5 Hz) and it is 13-lignes wide. The new mechanism consists of 322 individual components and has a silicon balance spring, a column wheel and a vertical clutch. Blancpain also mentions that the movement is capable to deliver a fairly generous power reserve of around 50 hours. The movement is protected against the ingress of water up to 30 meters (about 100 feet).
The newest member of the Villeret collection is housed in a double-stepped red gold case which measures 43.6mm in diameter and 13.5mm in thickness. Underneath the front sapphire glass lies an enamel dial with large enamel-painted Roman numerals (except at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions), which despite the pulsometer scale remains pretty uncluttered. Its classic looking dial comprises the skeletonized hour and minute hands, as well as the chronograph sub-dials for measuring time up to 30 minutes and 12 hours. These chrono counters are located left and right of the dial center at the 3 and 9 o’clock position. There is also a small black-on-white date window which is situated at the 6 o’clock position.
When you turn the case upside down, you can see a sapphire glass case back which reveals the latest Blancpain calibre featuring its oscillating weight encrusted with a honeycomb pattern. A perfect finishing touch comes with a brown alligator leather strap which keeps the watch secured to the wearer’s wrist. The band ends with a red gold folding buckle.
Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsomètre comes with the referent number 6680F-3631-55B and it can be purchased for CHF 29,500 which is approximately $31,600.