January 30, 2023
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What is more helpful to some frequent-flying globetrotter than the usual watch that informs time in 2 time zones? What about a wrist watch that informs time in 2 time zones and it has a security that may wake him as his plane is landing? That’s what Blancpain provides here using its new Blancpain Villeret Réveil GMT, this week’s Watch to look at.

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The Blancpain Villeret Réveil GMT is part of Blancpains Villeret collection, the brand’s most typically styled haute horlogerie family. Its signature feature is really a mechanical alarm function, which utilizes a subdial at 3 o’clock, with 12 hour markers and 2 hands, to show time designed for that alarm. A push-piece at 8 o’clock, which engages a column wheel, can be used to create and activate the alarm.  An “On/Off” indicator at 1 o’clock shows the individual instantly set up alarm is triggered or otherwise. The alarm’s cshime is created with a hammer striking a gong.

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The watch’s GMT or “Double Timezone” function utilizes center-mounted, blued serpentine hands (a Blancpain hallmark) to point time in again zone on the 24-hour scale the numbers 1 through 24 take presctiption an inner ring underneath the dial’s applied Roman hour numbers I through XII. The gold hour and minute hands display the present local time. Additionally towards the mechanical alarm and GMT complications, the timepiece includes a date display (inside a window at 6 o’clock) along with an energy-reserve indication (between 10 and 11 o’clock).

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The Blancpain Villeret Reveil GMT includes a 40.3-mm-diameter situation (12.1 mm thick) either in 18k rose gold or stainless. It’s water-resistant against 30 meters and it has an obvious azure caseback. Its timekeeping along with other functions are run by the Blancpain manufacture Quality 1240H, a self-winding movement having a plastic balance spring along with an energy reserve of 45 hrs. The movement measures 31.7 mm across and 6.20 mm thick and consists of 392 components, including 36 jewels. As with other Blancpain watches with alarm functions, the movement is outfitted with two barrels Body for delivering energy towards the movement, another to keep energy for that alarm’s striking mechanism. Quality 1240H’s automatic winding system winds both of them concurrently. The timepiece can be obtained with an alvazel-lined alligator strap having a folding clasp or perhaps a “Milanese” mesh bracelet either in steel or gold.

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The Blancpain Villeret Reveil GMT in steel is $24,700 on the strap and $27,000 on the bracelet the rose gold model is $36,400 on the strap and $55,700 on the bracelet.