This is a contemporary doctor´s watch, simply a ticking beauty for the wrist and a must-have item for any passionate watch lover.
Our grand-grandparents used to measure the pulse during a 60-second measurement in which the number of beats had to be exactly counted. The first pulsometer-watches were devised to enable doctors and nurses to take their patients’ pulses more rapidly. The chronograph hand in association with a specially graduated scale made it possible to display the patient’s heart beat directly on the dial without any need for calculations. All they needed to do was to start the chronograph and then stop it after counting off 30 heartbeats. Thereafter the number of heartbeats per minute was displayed on the pulsometer scale.
This new chronograph in the Blancpain Villeret-collection houses a 13-ligne Blancpain-made calibre perfectly suited to the size of the case. This new movement with its balance oscillating at 36,000 A/h or 5 Hz comprises 322 parts including a silicon balance spring.
The Blancpain-calibre features a vertical clutch as well as a chronograph mechanism controlled by a column wheel. It also features a Flyback-function enabling instant chronograph resetting and restarting simply by pressing a push-piece at 4 o’clock – a device that proves extremely useful when measuring successive time periods.
In keeping with the classic aesthetic of the Blancpain Villeret collection, this chronograph comes with a cambered white Grand Feu enamel dial. The pulsometer scale surrounds enamel-painted Roman numerals, while the centre bears the chronograph 30-minute and 12-hour counters as well as a date window at 6 o’clock.
The sapphire case-back reveals the Blancpain calibre featuring its oscillating weight adorned with a honeycomb motif. The 43.6 mm-diameter red gold case is teamed with a brown alligator leather strap setting the perfect finishing touch to this chronograph.