Blancpain Villeret Demi-Fuseau 8 Days

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Blancpain has unveiled some superb looking dress watches this year in Basel.  Unlike the brand’s awful-ugly-dial L-Evolution watches, the dial work on this new Villeret “Demi-Fuseau 8 Jours” is quite nice, though there is one little thing bothering me about it as I note below.  A “demi-fuseau” or “half timezone” complication serves to adjust the second timezone on the watch in 30-minute increments and thus to ensure relaxed travel to countries with half-hour time differences.  The watch displays the reference time at 12 o’clock, the half-hour timezone is in the center, the day/night indication for the reference time at 9 o’clock, date window at 6 o’clock, and the date change or timezone indication at 4 o’clock.  My one critique is the largely cut-off “XII” at 12 o’clock….it looks bad and in fat could be a deal killer for a persnickety buyer.

Blancpain Villeret Demi-Fuseau 8 Days

42mm white or red gold case, Manufacture Blancpain automatic Caliber 5235DF with guilloché-worked oscillating weight

domed grand feu enamelled white dial with  painted hour-markers.

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    I can’t imagine why they choose to obscure the twelve on the dial with the sub-dial. Especially since there was a large 12 there that would have served for both dials. Add to that the mis-matched hand styles, colors and a mixture of Roman and Arabic numerals, and I have to wonder if this watch was designed by several different people who didn’t bother to talk to each other. What a disappointment.

    • http://www.perpetuelle.com Perpetuelle

      Thanks for reading my blog and thanks for your comment. Agree on the obscured “twelve”. I don’t have a problem with the rest of the design, but in general I do think that Blancpain has struggled with dial design/layout these past several years, and perhaps some of the issues you point out are symptomatic of this.