Blancpain pays tribute to its past and its home village in the Berenese Jura with the Villeret 2014 model. The collection is famous for putting a new twist on the brand’s classics; it’s all about stripping things back to basics. The 42 mm diameter double-stepped red gold case houses the self-winding in-house 1335 movement with an 8-day power reserve. The rounded Grand Feu dial has a date display at 3 o’clock and three central hands. It’s a triumph of simplicity. The attention to detail is astonishing. The hollowed sage leaf-shaped hands are stunningly sophisticated as are the enamel Roman numerals. The sapphire crystal case back enables us to admire the detail of the luxury watch calibre and its decorative features: Côtes de Genève on the bridges and honeycomb pattern on the oscillating weight. A watch in its essence. Price on request.