Watch of the Day: Blancpain Villeret 8 Jours ManuelleWritten by Joshua Yap
Your one-minute primer to the Blancpain Villeret 8 Jours Manuelle.
While it may depict a “battle of the queen cows” with the Matterhorn in the background, we cannot think of a better watch with which to celebrate the seemingly relentless bull market in US stock markets. Rendered in time-honoured shakudo alloy of gold and copper by Blancpain’s métiers d’art workshop, the strength and vigour of the bovines are almost palpable as they fight for dominance of the herd. Housed in a 42mm red gold case, its manual-winding movement is no less robust, boasting an eight-day power reserve thanks to three mainspring barrels.
Though he wasn’t inducted into the world of watch journalism by choice, Joshua was hooked by mechanical horological wonders in no time. Although he personally favours modestly sized, no-nonsense timepieces, he sometimes misses the outrageous mind-bogglers of the pre-Credit Crunch years. As he dreams of owning a modern haute horlogerie watch one day, he’s currently content scouring the Internet for vintage value buys.