Following the Villeret 8 Days, the Villeret Quantième Perpétuel 8 Jours (ref. 6659-3631-55B) presented by Blancpain at Baselworld 2014 houses a completely new perpetual calendar movement featuring an 8-day power reserve, small seconds and a large moon phase at 6 o’clock.
The new automatic Calibre 5939A, which comprises 379 parts, will not require any calendar adjustment, taking into account the varying month lengths and leap years, until year 2100. If needed, the calendar indications can be adjusted at any time without risk of damaging the movement.
There are no visible calendar correctors on the case band leaving the lines of the 42 mm red gold case very clean and smooth. In fact, thanks to a Blancpain patent, the four correctors are placed under the lugs. The movement, with its honeycomb-motif decorated rotor, is visible through the sapphire case-back.
Just like for the Villeret 8 Days, the dial of the Quantième Perpétuel 8 Jours is in grand feu enamel with large painted hour-markers. The hands indicating ours, minutes, seconds and leap year are made of gold while blued steel hands are used for the calendar.
A chocolate brown alligator strap completes the timepiece. Blancpain will also issue a platinum limited edition of the Villeret Quantième Perpétuel 8 Jours. The watch is delivered with a winder serving to keep the watch on time when it is not worn.