The watch on a person’s wrist makes a stronger statement than any other accessory ever could. Therefore, if you’re looking to treat your loved ones or even yourself with a fine timepiece this Christmas, it’s important to choose one that is not only beautiful on the outside, but on the inside, too. This year, Swiss watchmaker Blancpain has launched an all-new ladies’ timepiece that combines top-quality craftsmanship and materials with elegance and refinement in one lovely package, which is why we think it’ll make the perfect gift for the special lady in your life.
The Quantième Phases de Lune, which translates as Date Moonphase, is the latest addition to Blancpain’s much-loved Villeret collection. It features a sophisticated and luxurious aesthetic highlighted by its elegantly sized case measuring only 29.2mm, in choices of steel or 18k red gold, as well as the 48 full-cut round diamonds that dazzle along the bezel. While eight of the hour markers are also adorned with shimmering diamonds, the 12, 3, 6 and 9 indices feature delicate Roman numerals (in the signature Villeret style), adding an extra dose of allure.
One of the most celebrated elements on the Date Moonphase is undoubtedly the signature sapphire moon-phase indication, which you can find at the 6 o’clock position. This horological complication (composed of a wheel with 59 teeth) was famously re-introduced by Blancpain in the 1980s, and it makes two complete 29.5-day lunar cycles, meaning you’ll find two moons drawn on the rotating disk. Each moon cheekily depicts a feminine face, completed with eyelashes and even a star-shaped beauty mark, which provides an amusing nod to the mouches found in 18th-century Europe, which ladies at court would playfully place on different parts of their body to send teasing messages to their suitors.
Another intriguing characteristic you’ll notice on the watch is that on top of the three centre hands that point you to the hour, minute and seconds of the day, there is a a fourth pointer with a unique, red crescent-shaped tip framing one of the Arabic numerals positioned around the outer rim of the dial, indicating the date.
While the design of the Date Moonphase remains true to Blancpain’s traditions and core DNA, the movement is all about innovation. It’s been equipped with the automatic 913QL movement, which is a newly developed in-house calibre with a 40-hour power reserve, as well as a glucydur balance wheel and silicon balance spring. This not only yields a lighter weight, but also offers extra shock and magnetic-resistance. Flip the watch over, and you can admire an array of delicate and sophisticated decorative techniques — including a red gold oscillating weight with a snailed bevel, polished chamfers, as well as straight and circular Côtes de Genève patterns — revealed through the transparent sapphire case back.
What’s even more exciting about this timepiece is that it comes in a box with five different interchangeable straps in different colours and materials. From burgundy red, sky blue to midnight blue, and from alligator leather, ostrich leather to black satin, these straps can be removed and exchanged with ease simply by pressing the functional catches, so you can change the look of the watch anytime anywhere, and adapt to any attire or occasion.
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