Blancpain Villeret Ultra Thin
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
In keeping with our promise, we occasionally offer modern timepieces that match our personal taste preferences. In other words, these timepieces must combine elements of style and manufacturing quality that lend themselves to the same timeless qualities we seek in our vintage collection.
It is hard to get more timeless than Blancpain.
The esteemed Swiss Manufacture started way back in 1735, and is known for crafting some of the most elegant pocket and wristwatches in history - along with the prototypical modern diver's watch, the legendary Fifty Fathoms. Today, Blancpain exists as part of the Swatch Group, and many of their innovative case and movement designs have gone on to inspire the rest of the industry.
While much of the manufacture's modern offerings don't do it for us, selections from their Villeret collection most certainly do. Combining an ultra-thin case design (9.15mm!) with sensible diameter (38mm), high grade self-winding movements, and function first elegant dial designs, there is nothing here that's not to love.
This particular piece, a steel-cased Reference 6223, features a crisp white dial with polished Roman hour markers, feuille hands, and a subtle date window at 3;00. There is nothing here that doesn't belong, and it serves its job as a dress piece without making a fuss. Even the Porsche-like "automatic" script towards the bottom of the dial evokes a sense that this piece has checked all the boxes and accomplished its goals.
With a (documented) full factory service just a few months behind it and its complete kit (which includes a presentation box that is nearly as beautiful as the watch itself!) it is ready to go on the wrist of its next owner at considerable savings over a brand new model, which retails for over $8K. This truly is a lovely modern piece, a timeless choice in every sense.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Blancpain Villeret Ultra Thin