This elegant day-date from Blancpain’s Villeret collection was introduced at Baselworld 2017, and it’s been in my head ever since. The watch is practical in function and simply beautiful in form. The stainless steel case measures in at 40mm in diameter, with a stepped bezel. The matte-white dial features leaf-shaped cut-out hands, with small seconds at 6 o’clock + day of the week and the date at 3 o’clock. The day change is instantaneous, while that of the date is semi-instantaneous.
Blancpain Villeret Day-Date
40mm steel case, automatic mechanical caliber
Inside is Blancpain’s automatic mechanical caliber 1160DD, with a screwed balance wheel and a balance spring in silicon. It is powered by two mainspring barrels connected in series for a 72-hour power reserve, wound by a yellow gold winding rotor with honeycomb guilloché pattern. All visible through the sapphire case back.