Time and time only… When Blancpain introduced the new Villeret Ultraplate 6605 at Time To Move, we called it “the most understated of all Blancpain watches“, in a very positive way. Essential, elegant, restrained and at the same greatly executed, this watch was a pleasant surprise. Well, after the steel and red gold models, it is now back in an exclusive platinum version, with a blue dial – a classical colour scheme for the brand. Meet the Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate Boutique Exclusive.
No seconds hand, no date, no additional complication (at least, dial-side). Just a pure dial adorned with applied Roman numerals and two hands, one for the hours, one for the minutes. And, that’s all. Some will say that it’s rather simple, way too restrained… But all the beauty of the Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate lies in this great simplicity, a focus on the essential resulting in a very elegant watch.
Renewed this year, the new Villeret Ultraplate 6605 has some winning arguments when it comes to a time-only ultra-thin dress watch. Its case is nicely shaped, with the signature double-stepped bezel and its short curved lugs. It measures 40mm in diameter – we could live with a few millimetres less, though – and is only 7.39mm in height. And despite this thinness, it remains powerful, both visually and mechanically.
Under its pure, minimalistic dial, the Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate hides a great hand-wound movement, based on the well-known calibre 1150 (launched by Piguet), but without the self-winding mechanism. The in-house Calibre 11A4B is only 2.80mm in height but features two barrels for 100 hours of power reserve (around 4 days) and an anti-magnetic silicon hairspring. In order to keep the dial as pure as possible, the brand has placed the power reserve indicator on top of the movement. The movement’s decoration includes Geneva stripes, bevelling and perlage.
New in the collection is this Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate Boutique Exclusive, now with a 950 platinum case, fully polished, combined with a deep sunray brushed blue dial with white gold applied Roman numerals and hands – a colour scheme found on other boutique exclusive models. The result is a cold but contrasted watch with a more modern elegance. It is worn on a blue alligator strap with a platinum pin buckle.
The Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate Boutique Exclusive (reference 6605-3440-55A) will be limited to 88 pieces, available exclusively at Blancpain boutiques worldwide. It will be priced at CHF 27,000 or EUR 26,950. More details at www.blancpain.com.