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Baselworld 2017: The Flirty Blancpain Villeret Date Moonphase

Blancpain Villeret Date Moonphase

Blancpain Villeret Date Moonphase

The moon phase indicator on the Blancpain Villeret Date Moonphase is small, but very special: it is feminized.  If you look closely, you will see that the moon has eyelashes and, what’s that? – a beauty spot. The latter is a historical reference to ladies of the aristocracy, whose placement of beauty marks conveyed secret messages at royal court – the watch is part of the historically inspired Villeret collection after all. The artificial mole or beauty spot (known as a mouche for its similarity to a fly) was regarded in 18th century France as symbolizing a playfully teasing attitude. Mouches were used by ladies of the Court as messages to their suitors that differed according to where these coquettish signs were placed. The caliber 913QL, with a 40-hour power reserve, is based on an ultra-slim automatic movement introduced last year specifically for ladies’ watches. It is fitted this year with a moon phase module, a wheel with 59 cogs covering two complete 29.5 day lunar cycles. The moon phase is a signature complication of the Blancpain brand.

Blancpain Villeret Date Moonphase

Blancpain Villeret Date Moonphase

The movement has a glucydur balance wheel with gold micrometric regulating screws as well as a silicon balance spring, which contribute to accuracy and reduce the need for maintenance. Silicon’s low density makes it lighter and thus more shock-resistant, as well as impervious to magnetic fields. The sapphire caseback reveals a red gold oscillating weight with a snailed bevel, polished chamfers and straight and circular côtes de Genève patterns. This is a very small watch (29.20mm) considering there is a moon phase plus a seconds hand, evidence of Blancpain’s commitment to producing size-appropriate high-grade calibers dedicated to ladies’ watches in its elite collections. The bezel is set with 48 diamonds. There are two references, one in 18k gold, priced at $19,900, and in steel at $16,600. It is delivered with five different straps.

Blancpain Villeret Date Moonphase

The Blancpain Villeret Date Moonphase has a feminized look, including eyelashes and a beauty mole.