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It’s not every day that we need to review something so amazing but so elegant at the same time. Many watchmakers believe that to break through this boundary, they need to break through the traditional and timeless parameters of watchmaking and design. Blancpain is not the case, the most certain is Villeret Reveil GMT. Let’s take a closer look and take a closer look at this watch.
Blancpain Villeret Reveil GMT review
At first glance, this watch may most attract your attention is the dial and its multi-dimensional. It is built on fine texture layers ranging from wavy sunburst guilloche patterns to applique Roman numerals. It looks rich, refined and classic.
Beautifully printed black Arabic numerals surround the inner dial and are printed on the smooth and untextured chapter ring. These printed numbers are used for Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and are located between the Roman numerals on the periphery of the dial and the center of the dial.
One of the reasons that makes this turntable so enjoyable is the use of textured and non-textured selective areas. For example, the above area for printing GMT numbers, the alarm power reserve indicator, the alarm setting sub-dial and the alarm on/off indicator, and the date window. Despite the asymmetrical design, the contrast and position of these functions give the dial an excellent visual balance.
The hour and minute hands use polished rose gold leaf-shaped hands, which are slightly like the eye of a skull. The curved blue-steel arrow-shaped pointer is located on the center post below the hour and minute hands, from which the pointer rotates. The width of the end of the GMT hand slightly protrudes on both sides of the hour and minute hands, making you slightly bluish.
You will see polished rose gold Arabic numerals on the dial of the alarm clock setting at three o’clock. The sub-dial and power reserve indicator use baton-shaped polished rose gold. The Roman numerals used in the main time dial have interesting fonts, almost in retro style. It uses the slightly hourglass-shaped Roman numeral “I” and the watchmaker’s four o’clock (IIII) to indicate the 4 o’clock position, not “IV”.
I can actually continue dialing for a few days, so let’s move on. The round polished 18kt rose gold case has a thickness of 40.3 mm and a thickness of 12.1 mm. This is a size that is more consistent with classic watches, rather than developing with the trend of oversized or oversized watches, which may or may not become a permanent way of designing discount swiss watches in the future.
It has the weight you are looking for in a pure gold luxury watch, and is related to the case material used by this model, but the series also has a model with a leather strap on a stainless steel strap, which is slightly lighter. A large part of this weight comes from the pure gold self-winding rotor, which can be seen through the transparent and delicate sapphire bottom cover.
This Blancpain Villeret Reveil GMT watch is powered by an internal automatic movement. The production movement 1240h is equipped with an antimagnetic silicon hairspring. This 36 jewels self-winding movement can beat 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of about 45 hours at full wind.
For people who travel frequently, especially in other time zones, this exercise provides some very useful complications. The Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) complication enables a second time zone, which is indicated by the curved blue arrow-shaped pointer in the center of the watch.
Another excellent feature is the alarm clock function, which is not as common in mechanical timepieces as Greenwich Mean Time. However, these two complexities are complementary to the problem of global travelers and jets that require time zones and alerts. The sound of the alarm clock is struck by a small hammer that strikes the small gong inside the watch.
The power reserve indicator on the dial is located between 10 o’clock and 11 o’clock, which is very useful to ensure that the watch is tightened tightly.
Setting up and operating Blancpain Villeret Reveil GMT is very simple. On the left side of the case, you will find the on/off button of the alarm clock at 8 o’clock. The crown used to set the alarm clock is at 2 o’clock on the right side of the case. The watch has another crown below the 4 o’clock position on the right side of the case, which is used to set the date, time and GMT/dual time zone.
The watch comes with a brown crocodile leather strap, which is connected between the lugs at a distance of 22 mm, and you can easily find other straps that need to be replaced. Not that you want to replace this belt. It has matching brown stitches and a soft beige inner side, so it is quite attractive.
The strap is secured by 18kt rose gold folding clasps folded together. This folding buckle is decorated with the brand Blancpain, with the Blancpain logo engraved on the end of the buckle. A pair of rose gold three-dimensional B on both sides of the unfolding buckle is used in the Blancpain logo.
Overall, this is a watch that is impressive in both aesthetics and function. There is one more thing worth mentioning about this watch. It is packed in a wooden box with a parquet floor of appropriate size, which can be converted into a cigar box by removing the black vinyl material inside and inserting two wooden partitions. The box is equipped with a CREDO humidifier system, which can convert the box into a fully functional cigar box. You may find that many people wear Blancpain watches, but not everyone has a Blancpain cigar box.