The new Villeret Perpetual Calendar from Blancpain is an extraordinary watch, and perhaps the finest achievement in an already impressive set of of new introductions this year. The new self-winding Blanpcain Calibre 5939A comprises 379 parts and measures 7.25 mm thick, with an impressive 8-day power reserve. It is offered in choice of red gold, or a limited edition platinum model, and comes in a dedicated box equipped with a winder serving to keep the watch on time even when not in use. The box cleverly designed solid wooden box doubles as a cigar humidor if the interior is removed.
It is a fully secured and protected caliber which enables adjustments of the day, date, month and moon-phase indications at all times without any risk of damaging the movement (unlike many other perpetual calendar calibers).
The dial is in white grand feu enamel, with painted hour-markers, well-spaced day and month indications with blued steel hands, as well as a large moon phase.
The case is 42mm red gold case is equipped with Blancpain’s patented “under-lug” correctors , completely hidden from view. The four discreet correctors preserve the smooth lines of the case with its double stepped bezel, while serving to adjust the date and moon-phase indications without any need for a dedicated tool.
The sapphire case-back reveals the meticulous finishing of the movement with its honeycomb-motif oscillating weight.