Nearly forty years ago, Blancpain reintroduced the moonphase into its watch collections, a complication that had been set aside for some time, even though it embodies the strong and historic links between watchmaking and astronomy. This year, two women’s Blancpain fake watches sales from the classic Villeret range have proudly adopted this oh so poetic mechanism.
Blancpain’s moon is something mischievous and terribly feminine. Isn’t it said that the silver sphere has feminine qualities, while the sun is more masculine? On both versions of the Swiss Roman numerals copy Blancpain Villeret Date Moonphase model, there is no doubt about it: the queen of the night has a perfectly feminine face, with closed eyes lined with a fringe of thick eyelashes and delicately outlined lips. A beauty mark – what the French call a mouche, a small spot cut out of taffeta or black velvet or drawn with a pencil, and worn by all the beauties of the 18th century – is shown above the upper lip, highlighting the moon’s mischievous spirit.
The moonphase indication of the charming replica watch is in an open fan-shaped counter at 6 o’clock and displayed through a mechanism incorporating a wheel with 59 teeth. A complete lunar cycle includes 29.5 days, so the mechanism can display two lunar months, with two moons depicted on the sapphire disc and surrounded by stars.
The moonphase complication, as well as the date shown by hands, and the “traditional” time functions (hours, minutes and seconds), are driven by the calibre 913 QL, made by Blancpain. This automatic movement has a power reserve of 40 hours and its gold rotor is visible through the sapphire case back.
The case of the luxury replica Blancpain watch is 29.2mm wide and 10.36mm thick, and comes in a steel or rose gold version crowned by a bezel set with 48 diamonds. This glittering ring surrounds an ivory-tinged dial. The smooth, enamel-like disc is decorated with an hour rim made up of four Roman numerals with silver or golden indices and eight small diamonds. In the centre, two leaf-shaped hands display the hours and minutes, together with a second hand and a fourth hand tipped with a red crescent marking the date.
Price: 15 500 CHF (steel version sold in a gift box containing five interchangeable straps) – 17 800 CHF (rose gold version)
Two new vivid dials show off the traditional Japanese metalworking craft.
At Baselworld this year, we saw two really remarkable unique pieces from Blancpain’s Métiers d’Art workshops. These red gold cases Blancpain Métiers D’Art Shakudō copy watches were made to show off the Japanese craft of working with an alloy known as shakudō, which is a mixture of gold and copper that traditionally was used for sword fittings, such as the tsuba (handguard) and menuki (a decorative element found on the grip). Shakudō was generally used only on smaller metal objects, due to the cost of the gold in the alloy, and it can be combined with a compound known as rokusho, which includes copper acetates, chlorides, and sulfates, to produce a wide range of decorative patinas.
I’ve read that one of the virtues associated traditionally with the Rooster is punctuality (the whole crowing at dawn thing) which seems especially appropriate for a watch; this particular rooster certainly seems to be glaring at you as if to dare you to be late. There’s a real sense of animal vigor in the metalwork – often, engraved dials or dials with designs in metal relief can seem a bit static but this guy looks ready to jump right out at you, and he certainly has the general air of you-talkin’-to-me one associates with the rooster.
Everything is very naturally rendered, including the feathers, and there’s a wonderful quality of immediacy and realism.
The movements in both unique replica watches online are the same: the Blancpain caliber 13R3A, which is an eight day, hand-wound movement, with an indication for the power reserve built into the movement plate.
The second of the two dark brown alligator straps Blancpain fake watches sales has a motif I would bet fifty thousand Nivarox balance springs you’ve never heard of (well, I hadn’t anyway). This particular dial is an homage to Swiss culture and depicts something called “The Battle Of The Queen Cows,” which takes place every year in the Val d’Hérens, in the canton of Valais. Valais has extremely mountainous terrain (the Matterhorn’s there) and the cows shown have short legs, great endurance, powerful physiques, and a combative, territorial streak. Once a year they get to blow off steam in the village of Aproz, before ascending 3,000 meters to their summer pastures.
As with the rooster, there’s quite a lot of raw animal spirits captured in the metalwork – the cows have a wonderful archaic quality that reminds me a little bit of Paleolithic cave paintings, and the sense of power they radiate makes you take the whole thing a little bit more seriously than you might otherwise take something called “The Battle Of The Queen Cows.”
In the background, between the combatants, is a representation of the Matterhorn. These two timepieces really seem as if they’re meant to work together as a set – price is $160,600 for each top replica Blancpain
watch. They’re both examples of a type of metal craft you certainly don’t see very often in horology, with great execution in everything from the engraving itself, to the patination characteristic of shakudō