For many, Blancpain mens replica is synonymous with the Fifty Fathoms, but there’s much more to the brand than dive replica Watches. The Villeret collection is just as important and iconic. Please welcome the latest addition to the collection – the Blancpain Villeret Grande Date.
Blancpain Villeret Grande Date 1The Villeret collection is the heart and soul of Blancpain; it is the spiritual, and geographic centre of the brand, expressing all the brand values that found and complement their other famous icon, the Fifty Fathoms. The Villeret replica Watches are all about a purity and clarity of design that exudes elegance.
The latest member of the family is the Blancpain Villeret Grande Date Replica – basically the classic automatic Villeret with a large date complication (which changes instantaneously at midnight, rather than dragging). The replica Watch is powered by the calibre 6950, which packs an impressive 72-hour power reserve thanks to its twin barrels. It’s an attractive movement, especially with the honeycomb finished rotor.
Blancpain Villeret Grande Date 2But pretty as the movement is, it doesn’t hold a candle to the rest of the replica Watch. The 40mm rose gold case, with its double stepped bezel is classic without being conservative. And the opaline dial is stunning – gently cambered around the outer edge. The distinctively fluid roman numerals are another unique nuance – and about as funky as roman numerals can get.
The date is superbly executed, though to my mind it is recessed a fraction too deep into the dial. I also find the combination of roman and Arabic numerals odd, but I appreciate the impracticalities of having a date wheel read XXV.
Blancpain Villeret Grande Date 3On the wrist this replica Watch is as nice as you’d expect – at a shade under 11mm it’s thin, but not quite ‘ultrathin’ territory – which means it has a reassuring presence and feel on the wrist. This is a gold replica Watch you could wear all day, rather than just at a black tie event.