If this is week 12, we must be at Baselworld 2017: Blancpain Semainier resurrects the least measured unit of time

Blancpain Semanier Baselworld 2017

Blancpain Semainier Grande Date 8 Jours Ref.6637.

Watches routinely track hours, minutes and seconds; they also tell us the day, date, month, leap year and moon phase, as well as sidereal time, solar time, and even 1000th’s of a seconds. Rarely, however, do watchmakers alert us to the week of the year. Blancpain’s Semainier Grande Date 8 Jours Ref.6637, from the historically inspired Villeret collection, gives some face time to this neglected unit of measurement. Aside from hours, minutes, day and date, it tracks week of the year on an index along the outer edge of the dial, using an a blued serpentine central hand that has a little crook at the end to indicate the week – it is a gradual movement rather than a jump. In an interesting historical reference, the shape of the serpentine week-of-the-year hand is reminiscent of hands on Medieval clock towers. The 1-53 numbering on the index allows for the fact that certain years have 53 weeks. The concave day-of-the-week counter is a gorgeous element on the dial.

Blancpain Semanier Baselworld 2017

Blancpain Semainier Grande Date 8 Jours Ref.6637.

It contains the automatic caliber 3738G2 with a titanium variable-inertia balance with gold micrometric regulation screws. The silicon balance spring means it is anti-magnetic, even with an open caseback. It has an eight-day power reserve thanks to three mainspring barrels. The dial is classic, with Roman numerals on a grand feu background and gold leaf-shaped hands. The chapter ring and Blancpain logo are enamel painted, so the dial goes through several high-temperature firings. The 18k rose gold case is 32mm wide and 13.40mm thick, with the Villeret signature rounded double-stepped bezel. Blancpain’s patented under-lug correctors keep the case sleek and uncluttered. Correctors at 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock adjust the day of the week and week of the year respectively. The large date is set via the crown. It is an unlimited edition priced at $10,900 in steel and $36,300 in red gold.

 

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase.

Hublot Adds Color Therapy To Its List of Watchmaking Accomplishments: Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase

Hublot Big Bang Moonphase.

Friends constantly tell me I should wear more color instead of black, which isn’t really a color, and I’m thinking about setting up a running tab with Hublot in order to shush my critic once and for all. Of all the watch brands out there that aren’t afraid of color, Hublot is the most fearless. Remember the neon-colored Tutti-Frutti of 2015, and the ultraviolet gemstone bezels and clashing straps of the Big Bang Pop Art Fusion from 2014? Or the colored fur on the Cuddly Cuff collection introduced in January. Hublot continually defies the purists, inviting them to turn up their noses at yet another avant garde gush of color. This year it’s the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase, in shades of blue, purple, orange and pink. Read more