Quintessential Blancpain: two classic moonphase calendar timepieces

We often discuss the sports watches made by Blancpain, the Fifty Fathoms and Bathyscaphe models are in the focus of many here in the forum. We also admire some Haute Horlogerie pieces the Manufacture is well known for, and lately we discussed some controversial L’Evolution models and the motorsport links Blancpain utilized in the design of those.

Now let’s take a closer look at the very core of Blancpain, two timepieces with a full calendar and the iconic moonphase indication. No configuration is more typical modern Blancpain, it is synonymous for the brand resurrection in the 1980s and played a significant role in the revival of the mechanical watch.

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654 and Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

With the kind support of the Blancpain Boutique in Munich I was able to take the Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654 in white gold with a blue lacquered flinqué dial and the latest version of Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663 in stainless steel on photo session. The 40mm Villeret and the 35mm Women Quantieme Complet are good a representation of classic Blancpain virtues, so let’s get closer to them.

I’ll start with the Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654, a timepiece full of details that show the excellence Blancpain is known for. The 40mm white gold case is perfectly shaped, it features the under-lug correctors for the calendar indications, a beautifully decorated calibre with 321 parts and 3 days power reserve, a blue-lacquered so called Flinqué dial, that adjusts in many shades to the surrounding light conditions. I will now leave you to many photos, so you can gain your own impressions:

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Let’s play a bit with natural light…

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

… and the chameleon like effect in direct sunlight and shade continues with the wrist shots:

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet ref 6654
 

Now we move on to the beautiful ladies timepiece, the Women Quantieme Complet in it’s latest version, the well known Blancpain case in 35mm with display back, revealing a special rotor decoration, on the front side we see a modest MOP dial with nine diamonds, applied roman numerals and of course the feminine moonphase indication. Here are a lot of photos of this beauty, proving that women’s timepieces have no shortage of lovely details:

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

Let us take a closer look…

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

 Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

… under natural light…

Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

… and finally on the wrist, I beg your pardon it’s only my wrist and not what the watch would have deserved 😉

Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

Blancpain Women Quantieme Complet ref 3663
 

Well, you made it through all the photos and I hope you enjoyed the report! I have really enjoyed those two beautiful and extremely well executed Blancpain timepieces, which showcase that the modern heritage of the complete calendar with moonphases is as compelling as it was 35 years ago.

Let me finish with a big THANK YOU to the Blancpain Boutique in Munich for having given me the opportunity to do the photo session and share the outcome with you.

Cheers
Henrik

 

For further information on the timepieces please visit blancpain.com

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