Blancpain Villeret Watches
The Blancpain Villeret collection is a family of elegant dress watches that embodies Swiss tradition and refinement. Hailing from one of the oldest Swiss watch manufacturers in the world, the Villeret collection represents sophistication to the highest degree. There are currently four variants in this Blancpain watch collection: the Villeret Complete Calendar, the Villeret Moonphase, the Villeret Quantième Complet, and the Villeret Ultra-Slim. All these dress watches feature elegant aesthetics equipped with ground-breaking and innovative movements.
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Blancpain Villeret: Keeping the Traditions of Luxury Watches Alive
The Blancpain Villeret collection perfectly emulates the traditions set by Blancpain since the 18th century. From the sleek lines and clear dials to the double-stepped cases, everything about these Blancpain watches offer exquisite style. This range of dress watches is perfect for the ladies and gentlemen who want a classic timepiece that delivers timeless aesthetics and precise timekeeping.
Moreover, just because Blancpain is steeped in tradition doesn’t mean it is not equipped with innovative movements and functions. Depending on the model, Villeret luxury watches feature perpetual calendar and moon-phase mechanisms, date display, small seconds, and even remarkable power reserves.
Prices at a Glance: Most Popular Blancpain Villeret Watches
|Blancpain Villeret Carrousel Répétition Minutes Ref. 0235-3631-55B||$ 412,100 USD|
|Blancpain Villeret Carrousel Répétition Minutes Ref. 0233-6232A-55B||$514,000 USD||45.7mm|
Villeret Quantième Ref. 6654-1127-55B
|Blancpain Villeret Ultra-Slim Ref. 6651-1127-55b||$7,149 USD||40mm|
|Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Carrousel Ref. 2322-3631-55B||$320,886 USD||44.6mm|
|Blancpain Villeret Ultra-Slim Ref. 6104-2930-55A||$14,500 USD||29.2mm|
|Blancpain Villeret Moonphase Ref. 6622L-3631-55B||$54,950 USD||42mm|
|Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet 8 Jours Ref. 6639-3637-55B||$42,000 USD||42mm|
|Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet Demi-Savonnette Ref. 6664-3642-55B||$28,900 USD||40mm|
|Blancpain Villeret Quantième Perpétuel Phases de Lune Ref. 6656 1127 55B||$33,152 USD||40mm|
How much does a Blancpain Villeret watch cost?
As one of the oldest watchmaking manufacturers in the industry, Blancpain places emphasis on exquisite style in every single one of its luxury watches. The Blancpain Villeret collection perfectly mirrors this, with each timepiece boasting a classic dress watch with timeless aesthetics. So, how much are these exquisite dress watches? Depending on the model and version, Blancpain watch price tags from this collection can start at an accessible $10,000 USD for simple ultra-slim models. Meanwhile, for more complex timepieces, prices can go over $500,000 USD. Blancpain Villeret watch prices on the secondhand market also differ based on the watch’s rarity and overall condition.
Prices for the Villeret Complete Calendar Watches
With the name Complete Calendar, it’s rather easy to assume the complications of these Blancpain Villeret dress watches. The Blancpain Villeret Complete Calendar range features date, day of the weeks, and month functions. On top of that, there’s also a moon phase function on the lower portion of the dial. This complication ties in the whole complete calendar concept. The changing faces of the cheerful moon delightfully evoke a poetic note that delightfully mirrors the age-old connection between watchmaking and astronomy.
The Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet 8 Jours Ref. 6639364255B is a 42mm watch with a round case made from 18K red gold and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. This silver-dial watch features gold plated hour hands and Roman numeral hour markets. The blue serpentine hand is used to indicate the calendar date which you can find on the outer edge of the dial, which is depicted with Arabic numerals. Within the ring of hour markers, you can also see day and month windows. Meanwhile, on the lower portion of the main dial, at 6 o’clock position, is a sub-dial for the moon phase indicator and small seconds. The Ref. 6639364255B has a Blancpain watch price tag of approximately $39,500 USD.
The Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet 8 Jours ref. 66393642MMB features a similar dial to the ref. 6639364255B. The main difference is the 18 carat rose gold bracelet, in contrast to the brown alligator leather strap of the ref. 6639364255B. Another difference is that the Villeret Quantième Complet 8 Jours ref. 66393642MMB is more expensive. This Villeret watch will set you back around $58,800 USD.
The Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet 8 Jours Ref. 6639363755B, on the other hand, boasts similar features but exudes a different mood due to the contrasting design. Instead of a bright silver dial, the Ref. 6639363755B has a black enamel dial with silver Roman numeral hour markings and gold-plated hands. The gold case 42mm watch comes with a brown alligator skin leather strap and folding clasp. The Ref. 6639363755B retails for around $42,000 USD. Meanwhile, the Villeret Quantième Complet 8 Jours Ref. 66393637MMB has a similar dial, but instead of the classic alligator strap, it comes with a Mille Mailles bracelet. This Blancpain watch costs approximately $58,800 USD.
Ticking inside the heart of these dress watches is the Blancpain 6639 caliber that has a power reserve of 192 hours, 303 components, and runs on a 4Hz frequency.
Prices for the Blancpain Villeret Moonphase Models
The Blancpain Villeret collection also has several timepieces with moon phase indicators. The Blancpain Villeret Carrousel Phases De Lune Ref. 6622L363155B is a self-winding automatic timepiece with a lunar phase indicator at the lower portion of the dial. This Blancpain Moonphase watch comes in a 42mm 18K rose gold case with a cambered grand feu white enamel dial. Blancpain cut out the upper portion of the dial to reveal a one-minute flying carrousel complication.
This is an age-old complication that reduces the effects of gravity on the watch movement. Boasting a sophisticated construction with numerous parts, two gears connect the carrousel complication to the watch’s barrel. The first supplies power to the watch, while the other controls the speed of rotation of the carriage. Powering the Ref. 6622L363155B is the Blancpain 225L caliber that has a power reserve of 120 hours, 281 components, and runs at a frequency of 3Hz. Priced at an estimated $132,418 USD, this timepiece is one of the most expensive Blancpain watches out there.
The Blancpain Villeret Quantième Phase de Lune Ref. 6126462855B is a 33.2mm timepiece with a silver, stainless steel case on a blue alligator leather strap. The bezel of this $15,900 USD Blancpain watch is adorned with 48 stunning white diamonds. This Blancpain Moonphase watch features a white dial with eight diamond hour markers and Roman Numeral markers for the 12, 3, 6, and 9 hour markers. On the inner portion of the hour markers, you can find applied Arabic numeral markers which depict the date. The red tipped central hand points to the current date. The moon phase aperture can be found above the 6 o’clock hour marker.
Meanwhile, for those who prefer gold over silver, the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Phases de Lune Ref. 6106298755A is a women’s Blancpain Moonphase watch that boasts similar features. It comes in a slightly smaller case that measures 29.2mm with a polished 18K gold case and diamond-set gold bezel. The opaline silver dial also features eight diamond hour markers and four Roman Numeral hour markers. You can find the lunar phase indicator just above the 6 o’clock hour marker on this $19,000 USD Blancpain watch.
Prices for the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet Watches
The Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet range offers luxury watches that combine complete calendar and moon phase complications. The Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet Ref. 6654112755B is a self-winding automatic watch that comes in a stainless steel case with a leather strap. This 40mm round watch features a white dial with polished silver Roman numeral hour markers. This $14,900 USD watch comes with a date and month display, and features applied Arabic numerals on the inner circle of the traditional hour markers to indicate the day.
On the other hand, the Villeret Quantième Complet Ref. 66541127MMB has an identical dial with similar complications. Instead of the black alligator, though, it comes with a metal Mille Mailles bracelet. The price tag of this Blancpain watch is also different. The rRef. 66541127MMB will set you back around $17,800 USD.
If you want something different from the traditional color of dials, both the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet ref. 6654 3640 55B and Villeret Quantième Complet ref. 6654 1529 55B have hues of blue. Both these Blancpain watches are as eye-catching as they are functional.
The Villeret Quantième Complet ref. 6654152955B is a 40mm self-winding automatic watch that comes in a 18K white gold case with a black alligator strap. The blue flinqué enamel dial has polished silver Roman numeral hour markers and hands. At the heart of this $25,700 USD watch is the Blancpain 6654 caliber that has a power reserve of 72 hours and runs at a frequency of 4Hz.
If you’re in the market for newer models, the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet Ref. 6654364055B is part of the Blancpain 2020 collection. This automatic watch comes in a 40mm rose gold case with a blue alligator leather strap. The combination of a gold case with a blue dial is something new for the brand. Nevertheless, it still boasts all the wonderful complications and functionalities of other Quantième Complet dress watches. This $25,700 USD Blancpain watch is definitely bold, beautiful and stylish, yet still fits the timeless aesthetics of the brand.
Prices for the Blancpain Villeret Ultra-Slim Watches
If you want simplicity and efficiency on your wrist, the Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate Ref. 6605112755 boasts both pure refinement and technical advances. This manual Blancpain men’s watch comes in a 40mm stainless steel case with a black alligator leather strap. Measuring at only 7.39mm in thickness, this watch truly deserves the moniker ultra-slim. Powering the Ref. 6605112755 is the Blancpain 11A4B caliber, which measures only 2.80mm in thickness itself. This specific model is timekeeping at its purest form. The clean white dial features polished silver Roman numeral hour markers and hands. It has a 95 hour power reserve, 131 components, and runs at a frequency of 3Hz. This timepiece comes with a price tag of approximately $10,100 USD.
Meanwhile, the Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate Ref. 6651112755B is another simplistic beauty that comes in a 40mm silver case with a black alligator leather strap. The primary difference between this timepiece and the Ref. 6605112755 is the added date window display at the 3 o’clock position. This makes it perfect for those who want easy timekeeping and functionality. At the heart of this Blancpain men’s watch is the 1151 caliber that has a 100 hour power reserve, 210 components and runs at a 3Hz frequency. This Blancpain watch has a price tag of only $7,149 USD, making it one of the cheapest Blancpain watches out there.
However, for individuals who want something more complex, the Blancpain Villeret Mouvement Inversé Ref. 6616153055B is another ultra-slim Blancpain watch but with a catch. It features an inverted movement with a partially skeleton-style dial. This particular complication has the bridges filled with black ceramic and has a visible balance wheel. It’s one of the most eye-catching Blancpain watches in this collection that delightfully displays the technical advancements of the brand, while remaining light and thin on the wrist. This timepiece will set you back around $40,000 USD.
Up Close with the Latest Blancpain Villeret Models
In mid-2020, Blancpain introduced four new models for the Villeret collection. These include the previously mentioned Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet Ref. 6654364055B and its counterpart, the Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet Ref. 66543640MMB. Both models feature identical dials with a complete calendar and moon phase indicator. The blue dials of these Blancpain Moonphase watches also have apertures within the ring of the hour markers to note the date. Meanwhile, at the 12 o’clock marker is the day of the week and month display windows.
Besides the standard hour, minute, and second hands, there’s also an added gold serpentine hand to mark the date. Powering inside these timepieces is the 6654 automatic caliber. The main difference between these two watches is that the Villeret Quantième Complet Ref. 6654364055B comes with a blue alligator leather strap. On the other hand, the Villeret Quantième Complet ref. 66543640MMB comes with a metal Mille Mailles bracelet. The prices of these two Blancpain watches also differ, with the former costing $25,700 USD and the latter $46,000 USD.
More elegant models that became part of the Villeret collection are the Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate Ref. 66513640MMB and the Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate Ref. 6651364055B. These two watches are contemporary ultra-slim timepieces with classic designs. These timepieces come with a red gold case and striking midnight-blue dial with gold Roman numeral markers. At the 3 o’clock marker is a date display window that’s perfectly sized to ensure readability, but won’t take away the clean design of the watch.
Both of these automatic watches are powered by the 1151 caliber movement that has a 100 hour power reserve and uses a Silicon Balance Spring. The Villeret Ultraplate Ref. 66513640MMB will set you back around $40,000 USD, meanwhile the Villeret Ultraplate Ref. 6651364055B is priced at approximately $20,000 USD.
Months after the release of these blue-faced watches, the brand introduced another first for the collection. In late 2020, it launched the Blancpain Villeret Extraplate Boutique Edition with the reference 6651145355A. This $18,000 USD dress watch came in a sleek 40mm case that is only 8.7mm in thickness. However, what truly made this watch standout is its dial. The rich olive green color with a sunray-brushed pattern of the dial is a striking contrast to the rose gold case and brown alligator strap. Ticking away inside this Blancpain watch is the 1151 caliber that has a power reserve of 100 hours, made out of 210 components with 28 jewels, and runs at a 3Hz frequency.
Vintage Blancpain Villeret Watches: Are They Worth It?
Since its founding in 1735, Blancpain has had a tremendous lineup of timepieces. From rare vintage Blancpain watches to newer, more contemporary models, Blancpain has certainly adapted with the times, while still maintaining the age-old tradition of Swiss watchmaking.
By honoring tradition, even the oldest vintage Blancpain watches in the Villeret collection from the 1980s can easily stand out against more modern timepieces. Thus, this makes them a good investment in the long run. You can easily pass Blancpain Villeret watches down several generations, thanks to the craftsmanship that this prestigious brand places into crafting them.
In terms of resale value, though, you won’t exactly get more out of your initial “investment” when you buy a Villeret watch. Prices for vintage Blancpain watches in the line are between $10,000 USD and $20,000 USD. The most coveted timepieces in this collection are those with the reference 1186342755 and 1186141855 from the 1990s. Both of these models are chronograph watches with a split-seconds function, which allows you to time two separate time increments at the same time.
There are also different factors that contribute to the decline or increase of a vintage watch’s resale value. Nevertheless, the level of intricacy given in creating these watches alone makes them worth all the money.
History Behind the Blancpain Villeret Collection
Blancpain is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the industry. Its roots start all the way back in the mid-1730s in the Swiss village of Villeret in Switzerland. The brand is most notable for their luxury dive watches. However, it’s the Villeret collection, which is named after the birthplace of Blancpain, that truly embodies the timeless elegance of the brand.
The Blancpain Villeret line is the company’s most classical collection. It exudes nothing but sophistication and elegance — a truly understated timepiece. Since its launch in the 1980s, this range of refined wristwatches has been part of the flagship line of the brand. Thanks to their sleek lines, round double-stepped cases, and eligible dials with Roman numeral markers, Villeret watches offer timeless aesthetics. It is the perfect watch collection for those who truly appreciate the art of haute horlogerie.
However, it’s not just the design that this family of watches excel in. Timepieces in this collection also possess high-end complications and calibers. We have models with complete calendars and moon phase mechanisms that’s perfect for those who honor the ties between timekeeping and astronomy. We have ultra-thin models with perpetual calendars that are ideal for individuals who want something discreet on their wrist but still practical. The collection also has more complicated mechanisms such as models with minute repeaters, split-seconds chronographs, and tourbillons. Indeed, every single watch in this line is an ode to the art of high-end watchmaking.
5 Reasons to Buy a Blancpain Villeret Watch
1. Rich Watchmaking Heritage
Founded in 1735, Blancpain is the oldest watchmaking company that’s still around today. The brand’s rich history and reputation in the Swiss watch industry should surely be enough for you to want a Blancpain timepiece on your wrist.
2. Limited Edition
Blancpain has a limited yearly production. The company produces less than thirty watches per day, and because of this, there’s only a limited number of Blancpain watches available in the market. This is to retain the standard and quality of luxury watchmaking that the brand is known for. As such, there’s a certain level of exclusivity when you buy Blancpain watches, including pieces from the Villeret collection.
3. Sophisticated Style with Cutting-Edge Mechanisms
The unique yet classic designs of the Blancpain watches in the Villeret collection are both eye-catching but understated. However, the design and aesthetics are only the first layer to these watches. At the heart of these timepieces are high-end complications and caliber that proves that Blancpain is still at the top of horological innovations.
4. Versatile Design Options
With that in mind, the Villeret collection has a wide range of models to choose from. You can select ultrathin watches that are minimalistic in their beauty, to stunning pieces that display the horological wonders the brand is capable of.
5. Good Investment
Lastly, when buying luxury watches, true connoisseurs always make certain that the watches they buy are also smart investment pieces. Villeret watches are certainly that. If you want a unique timepiece that will stand the test of time in both performance and design, a Blancpain watch from this collection is certainly one of the safest decisions. They are not only an extravagant indulgence but also sound investments.
Notable Patrons of Blancpain Villeret Watches
Francis Ford Coppola
Any cinephilia or movie buff knows who Francis Ford Coppola is. This renowned film director’s most notable works include The Godfather film series. Coppola was spotted sporting a Blancpain watch from the Villeret collection on the set of his films numerous times. He wore the Blancpain Villeret Ultra-Slim watch with the reference number 4040. This specific timepiece came in a 18K white gold case with a fixed bezel on a black leather strap. In the 2000s, Coppola donated the watch to the North Beach Citizens, hoping to garner funds for the homeless in California
Back in 2003, this World Chess Champion became the brand ambassador of this luxury Swiss brand. Before that, though, Villeret watches have always been Kramnik’s watch of choice during tournaments for years. That year, the brand released a special watch to commemorate the success of this legendary chess player and his devotion to its line of prestigious watches.
Titled the Blancpain Villeret Half Time Zone from the Ultra-Slim range, this self-winding watch came in a white gold case with two time displays. This is a great travel watch, thanks to its dual time zones, one for local time and another for home time.
Blancpain Villeret Collection: The Epitome of a Classic Wristwatch
The Blancpain Villeret collection channels the sophistication, intricacy, and craftsmanship of a true haute horlogerie. By combining traditional aesthetics with complex mechanisms, Blancpain has created the perfect dress watch. Thanks to their clean lines, stunning dials, and arrays of both grand and practical complications, these watches easily appeal to luxury watch enthusiasts from all across the globe. Indeed, this collection certainly keeps alive the tradition of classic wristwatches that the brand is coveted for.