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Blancpain Introduces a New Addition to the Villeret Collection

The new watch features an elegant grand feu enamel dial…

Blancpain’s classically inspired Villeret collection—named after the manufacture’s hometown in Switzerland—recently welcomed a new addition, the 2014 Villeret 8 Jours (from $28,900), which features an elegantly understated grand feu dial. Used by watchmakers for centuries, grand feu enameling involves adding successive layers of enamel and firing at very high temperatures between each application. Unlike traditional enamel, which can become brittle over time, grand feu enamel is especially resistant to cracking. Under the right light, Blancpain’s JB logo (the initials of the company’s founder, Jehan-Jacques Blancpain) can be seen faintly between the IV and V numerals and between the VII and VIII. The watch’s automatic movement—which offers an eight-day power reserve—is visible through the back crystal and is decorated with Côtes de Genève and honeycomb-like finishes. (www.blancpain.com)

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