Blancpain Villeret Grande Date Jour Rétrograde

The Villeret Grande Date Jour Rétrograde by Blancpain was presented at Baselworld in 2018. It presents an interesting combination of features. In addition to the usual time indications, the watch has a retrograde day display, a big date, and both are adjusted by the brand’s patented under-lug correctors. This allows the case to be kept…

Glashütte Original Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date

Glashütte Original Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date

It’s difficult to imagine what life was like in Glashütte in the 1960s when the town was behind the Iron Curtain and what had been several independent watch-making companies were working as the state-controlled organization VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe or simply GUB. When you visit the museums in Berlin documenting those years you get a sense…

Mido Commander Big Date

Mido Commander Big Date

Using a “big date” to celebrate an anniversary is not original (I think that Glashütte Original has done this before and probably a few other brands as well) but it is appropriate in Mido’s case, founded on 11 November 1918. So this is the centenary year. The Commander Big Date is an attractive, dressy watch…

Bovet Virtuoso VIII Flying Tourbillon Big Date

Bovet Virtuoso VIII Flying Tourbillon Big Date

At first sight, it’s a tourbillon watch with a big date, but there is more to the Bovet 1822 Virtuoso VIII than meets the eye. One thing is difficult to see in the official photos: the case is slightly angled, wedge-form, only 4.5° but nonetheless it creates a sort of theatrical stage effect. In the…

Blancpain Villeret Grande Date

The Villeret Collection by Blancpain comprises the brand’s most classical watches, and this year, for the first time, it includes a watch with big date display, with two windows for optimum legibility. The self-winding calibre 6950, with 285 components, was designed specifically to maintain the watch’s slim profile, and to allow a date change exactly and…