Although most watches today feature automatic winding movements, there is still a demand for hand wound or manual winding watches. Blancpain’s array of manual winding watches is ever-growing since the company’s following will always be those individuals who appreciate an in-house developed movement for all that it is – a special work of art. It’s a true connoisseur’s preference to have his watch equipped with a movement that needs that on- to-one time every day. An opportunity to reconnect with his watch and appreciate the passing of every fleeting second as he winds the watch up at the start or the close of every day. Aside from feeling more authentic and special upon the wrist, there are a number of practical advantages of owning a manual winding Blancpain watch.
Automatic movements often come in larger cases since they need an oscillating rotor affixed to the bottom of the movement. This makes the overall watch case thicker upon the wrist and since slimmer watches will always be preferred by the businessman, they will sit nicely underneath the cuff of a smart shirt and suit. Hand wound Blancpain watches also lead to prettier movements since these beautifully and carefully assembled engines go without the need for an automatic rotor, which normally obscures about half of the movement behind a sapphire glass exhibition window. Hand-winding Blancpain watches obviously don’t have this, thus more of the meticulously hand-assembled parts and elegantly finished decoration of each movement can be viewed through the underneath of the watch.
Blancpain’s hand winding movements are considered by many connoisseurs and the watch manufactures themselves, as the ultimate expression of watchmaking art. The production process is a very hands-on one. It involves hundreds of hours of designing, decorating, testing and assembling. Every movement created by Blancpain, whether hand wound or automatic is carefully assembled, tested, reassembled, cleaned and then assembled once more. It is this quality testing that ensures that every Blancpain watch is the same in terms of its performance and its reliability, despite being so different in aesthetics.
The Blancpain Villeret Ultra Slim 18k Rose Gold watch with silver dial and a brown leather strap is the perfect dress watch for any lover of classic design. The timepiece is powered by the Blancpain hand-wound calibre 11C5 – an extra slim movement with 25 jewels and comprising 216 individual components. The movement provides the wearer with a practical 100 hour power reserve which will come in handy whilst on vacation or a business trip, since the gentleman can alternate the watch with another Blancpain favourite and return to the timepiece hours later to find it has kept perfect time.
If you would like additional information on any of the hand wound watches seen within our Blancpain collection here at Owen & Robinson, please do not hesitate to call our store or speak with a member of our watch team in person, who will be more than happy to assist you with further information on the availability of the watch or share details about the watch’s movement itself.