Perhaps because we all know that my home is very close to a shopping mall, I often receive weird requests from rabbit fans, such as “Sister Rabbit, please help me pick up something from Hangzhou Mansion”, or when I can’t decide, I will also run to take pictures of people’s hands by magic – I have become your tool ……
For example, the other day a reader asked for help: “I want to buy a Blancpain 6654, but the plate is tangled to death and there’s no shop in front of my house, so only Sister Rabbit can save me.”
So I contacted the shop overnight to take a shot at the 6654’s new blue plate watch this year, only to be told the next day that it was “already sold” and that two customers had grabbed it.
This is this year’s superb blue dial 6654
“Not to mention the blue disc,uk fake watches the white discs are all gone ……”, the salesman said, “Business is so good these days that I doubt my life, and I can only silently glance at the counter, telling me that the next time it arrives, I will be the first to be informed.
It is said that the epidemic has locked people and wallets in the country this year, but the “wealth gap” between watch brands is also widening. The tail end of the spectrum is surviving, the head end is boldly pushing new products, and there is indeed a beautiful view ahead.
When it comes to the 6654 (full calendar moon phase watch), as the leader of Blancpain’s very famous V series (that is, the Villeret Classic series), it’s kind of famous – many readers who can’t remember the model number of the watch say they know a little bit about it, even if they haven’t bought it. Or rather, when people are faced with the choice of a formal watch, this is the model that has a high probability of appearing in the options.
This is the most classic white dial
“Named after the Swiss town of Villeret, where the brand was born in 1735, the classic double round bezel is the most obvious design feature – even when hidden in a shirt sleeve, the corner of the watch is recognisable.
This is the “round on round” double bezel design, meticulously polished by master craftsmen to give it the same curvature and lustre, with the same height and distance between the arcs, and the Roman numerals in a special “waisted” design.
Although it is the most common round watch on the market, it is the details that make it recognisable, and the very gentlemanly skeletonised willow hand that makes it instantly recognisable.
And this year, the 6654 has a new addition – a very subtle blue colour, also known as “gentleman’s blue”.
We can’t get enough of this sultry moon phase face!
In our opinion, the 6654 is where it is today because of its design – in short, its beautiful layout, its unique and enchanting moon phase design and, of course, its quality.
But for Blancpain, the full calendar moon phase watch has a special significance for the brand.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the watch industry was hit by the “quartz crisis”, when cheap and accurate quartz watches appeared in large numbers and mechanical watches were hit like never before. But this was when Blancpain bucked the trend and made the seemingly more useless moon phase watch – the first moon phase display watch was created in 1983.
The famous 6654 (right) was based on the 6395 (left)
To compete with quartz watches for price is a dead end. The point of fine watchmaking is the beauty and technical value of the mechanism itself. The opposite is true, and it works.
The watch that took the brand out of its historical rut is still a sought-after model to this day.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed the line “MANUFACTURE DE HAUTE HORLOGERIE” on the Blancpain logo (don’t be afraid of the length, I’ll explain).
The word “Manufacture” originally meant handmade, but nowadays it means that a brand has full in-house production capacity from production to assembly, while “Haute Horlogerie” refers to fine watchmaking.
The term ‘Haute Horlogerie’ took on added significance after the quartz crisis, when many people used it to distinguish between high-end mechanical watches and mass-produced quartz watches.
To this day, Blancpain does not have a single quartz watch in its entire range (nor does it produce second-rate watches) and has not changed its strategy in response to the trend.
Of course, this year’s “gentleman’s blue” family also includes an ultra-thin watch, the 6605, in a very elegant two-hand version.
The ultra-thin Grande Seconde 6651 (pictured below, right) is also available in a gentleman’s blue version. These two blue watches are available with an alligator leather strap, as well as Blancpain’s exclusive Mille Mailles bracelet in red gold.
This is really expensive
If the V collection is Blancpain’s formal watch ace, the other card is the Fifty Fathoms, the sports watch icon.
This is the Barakuda Limited Edition, which was a hard-to-find watch last year
The history of the Fifty Fathoms is a familiar one: the world’s first modern diving watch, born in 1952 and officially launched in 1953, it came from the hands of Blancpain’s then CEO, Mr Fichte, and was revived in the hands of its current President and CEO, Marc A. Hayek.
Over the years, the constantly updated Fifty Fathoms family has often delivered stunning models.
This year, however, Blancpain’s crowning achievement is a Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Deep Submariner (derived from the Fifty Fathoms, born in 1956 and slightly smaller for everyday wear) with an instantly recognisable green dial.
It is the new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Flyback Chronograph Aurora Green, 43.6 mm in diameter, in a satin-brushed black ceramic case with a rotating bezel set with an Aurora Green ceramic inner ring.
Blancpain has done a great deal of research for this green colour – for example, it had to go through ten production processes to achieve such a colour and light effect.
The initial work involved planning the shape of the watch and the position of the viewport, which was polished in two stages. The first stage gives the surface a flat finish and the second a softer and smoother appearance. Afterwards, the craftsman has to achieve a sunburst effect on the dial surface.
The sunburst effect gives the dial a sense of light and shadow radiating from the centre, and to give it more visual depth, the chronograph sub-dials are hollowed out and fixed before the colouring begins.
All in all, this gradation of green with metallic shades is the product of a great deal of thought.
As for the caseback, we can see the self-winding F385 movement, which is Blancpain’s own.
The F385 calibre is equipped with a vertical clutch and a chronograph mechanism controlled by a column wheel, and has a flyback function that allows the chronograph to be zeroed and restarted by pressing a button at 4 o’clock
In fact, when it comes to movements, Blancpain has the strength of the famous FP calibre factory (which supplies many high-end brands) and currently produces all its movements 100% in-house – from design, production and assembly. This is one of the meanings of the word “Manufacture” that I have just mentioned.
Total control of the watchmaking process is what gives Blancpain its credentials (the big complications are designed and made by hand).
The rabbit had intended to take a hands-on video, but unfortunately the Aurora Green was not yet available in some shops, but was already in the queue.
The watch is available on a NATO NATO military strap and a nautical canvas strap – see how Yi Yeyi interprets it.