When it comes to choosing a watch, I’m even more particular than usual. I’ll pick a car with comparatively little thought and pick the shade of paint for my study’s wall on a whim, but, when it comes to a timepiece, I really have to think it through.

My first watch was an heirloom from my grandfather and all watches have suffered in comparison. Until now. Having confined my grandfather’s watch to the display cupboard for safety, decades ago, I have owned only four watches, buying two myself and receiving the other two as (mostly unworn) gifts, including most recently an offering from the fashion brand Hugo Boss watches. When I saw the Blancpain Villeret, however, I knew I had to have it. I cannot remember the last time I saw such a masterfully crafted and well balanced watch. Blancpain have obviously gone to great lengths to ensure that …