During Baselworld, Blancpain has unveiled its first new model. This is an update rather than a re-release, combining the GMT function and a complete calendar. Let’s take a closer look.
First launched in 2002 in the Villeret collection, Blancpain’s Quantième Complet GMT is updated each year to include the brand’s latest innovations. This model combines the day and month display in two counters at 12 o’clock. A serpentine hand made of blued steel shows the date. The moon phases are unveiled through an opening at 6 o’clock. A second time zone, the famous GMT function, is displayed with an extra hour hand, standing out through a red triangular tip. Unlike the original model, the correctors placed on the case body can now be found under the four lugs of the 40mm-wide case. This invention has been patented by Blancpain and is used to correct all the calendar functions at a press of a button, without having to use a stylus. The GMT function and the time are also reset very simply using the crown.
The Quantième Complet GMT is driven by an automatic movement with a silicon spiral, the calibre 67A5, providing 72 hours of power reserve.
Two versions are available, one made of steel, the other of red gold. They are combined with a dial coloured white or opal, respectively. Above the dial move the openwork leaf-shaped hands, together with indices matching the case colour. Whatever your preference, the models come with a strap made of alligator leather or metal.
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By Dan Diaconu