This is another photo journey into the Villeret line with 8 day calibres and Grand Feu enamel dials. Let’s get up close with the limited to 75 pieces Villeret Quantieme Complet 8 Jours Platinum, reference 6639-3437-55B, a timepiece that found it’s way into my modest collection a few days ago.
The watch features a 42mm platinum case, the patented under-lug correctors, a deep black Grand Feu enamel dial and calibre 6639, which is based on calibre 1315, but equipped with a titanium balance.
It usually comes on a black crocodile strap on platinum deployant buckle. I personally thought the deep black dial needs a contrasting strap, so this specimen carries a light brown Blancpain ostrich strap with rubber lining.
It is difficult to describe the special character and expression of this exceptional dial… and photos can only provide a mediocre reflection on the real life experience. It appears subtle and plain beautiful under indirect light…
… and then reveals it’s full depth and character once seen against the direct sunlight:
The 42mm watch features a thin double stepped bezel, an only slightly domed crystal and a comparatively thin rehaut, which is very good, since it gives you more of this beautiful dial.
It wears very comfortable on the wrist due to the short lugs and the conical case shape. Although there is considerable heft to the platinum case, the deployant buckle is also crafted from platinum and therefore supports a more balanced weight distribution. Here are a few wristshots:
There are regular variations of reference 6639 available with two different white Grand Feu enamel dials, here you find them listed on the Blancpain website.
The specs of Calibre 6639 can be found here.
If you want to dig deeper into this beautifully executed timepiece and calibre 6639 I suggest you read the deconstruction of reference 6639 by The Naked Watchmaker here in the blog or on Peter Speake-Marin‘s website. It is worth exploring!
Let me finish this introduction with one additional photo of the exceptional Villeret Quantieme Complet 8 Jours Platinum:
I hope you enjoyed this post and the photos.