Manufactured in house by Blancpain, the Blancpain Concept 2000 Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT watch includes the grade 6054F automated movement – whose gold rotor is very nicely decorated. While the motion structure is decidedly contemporary in its aesthetics, you still see a whole lot of haute horology hand-finishing. The movement has some additional interesting elements which merit discussion. These include being generated from 367 parts, employing a silicon equilibrium spring (for accuracy) and employing Blancpain’s brilliant “under lug correctors.” Look carefully under the lugs and you will notice small pushers that you can operating with your palms. These have a few benefits. First is that the watch does not have to rely on unattractive inset pushers on the side of the circumstance. Second is that you don’t require a particular tool to be able to adjust the GMT or calendar configurations. On most watches with in-set pushers, you want a stylus to run them – and if you use a metal, you risk scratching the watch. This is just one of the numerous small ergonomic marvels you see far too rarely in the sphere of high-end watches.As you can see, the comparative simplicity of the Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT watch hides some appealing details once you take a closer look. That is not the fact with all Blancpain versions, but Blancpain is a brand which tends to be quite bad at explaining its own best virtues (so we try our very best to perform it for them when possible).On May 5, 2016, CH Premier and Blancpain will be hosting an evening cocktail reception and talking involvement with Blancpain US Brand President, David Gely, where he’ll speak about the brand’s longstanding link with the underwater world and its dedication to preserving and protecting the planet’s oceans. Blancpain and CH Premier invite watch lovers in the Santa Clara, California place to attend.The Blancpain Ocean Commitment is going to be on display at the exhibition along with a special choice of vintage Fifty Fathom timepieces that date back as early as the collection’s creation in 1953.
First introduced in 2013, the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic has been redesigned. Inessential elements have been pruned, while all the signature elements like the large Arabic numerals and pump-style chronograph pushers remain.
The new Portugieser Chronograph Classic ref. 3903 has a cleaner dial, featuring just a railroad minute track, without the 1/5-second hashmarks of its predecessor. Also gone are the red accents for the chronograph registers, while the leaf-shaped hands are now slimmer.
The tweaks bring the look of the watch closer to the rest of the Portugieser range, whereas before the facelift it resembled the sport Yacht Club Chronograph.
The rest of the watch remains the same, with a 42mm case that’s 14mm high and contains the calibre 89361. That’s the top of the line IWC movement that’s also found in the Da Vinci Chronograph. It has a flyback function, 68-hour power reserve as well as the hour and minute registers co-axial in a single sub-dial at 12 o’clock.
Price and availability
The new Portugieser chronograph is available at IWC boutiques and retailers, priced in US and Singapore dollars as follows:
Portugieser Chronograph Classic 18k red gold (ref. IW390301) – US$20,100 or S$30,500
Portugieser Chronograph Classic stainless steel silver dial (ref. IW390302) – US$12,100 or S$18,000
Portugieser Chronograph Classic stainless steel blue dial (ref. IW390303) – US$12,100 or S$18,000