With the 2012 holiday season behind us, Blancpain is already looking ahead to Valentine’s Day, with the debut of its new Saint Valentin 2013 limited-edition watch, a ladies’ model with a mother-of-pearl dial and diamond-bedecked bezel. The Blancpain Saint Valentin 2013 uses the iconic imagery of the heart — universal symbol of romantic love and of the watch’s namesake saint — as its primary motif. The base of the watch’s dial is white mother-of-pearl, and the hour markers are diamonds. The dial is enhanced with five red-lacquered, mother-of-pearl marquetry hearts, the largest of which surrounds the date window at 3 o’clock. The counterweight of the slender, central seconds hand takes the shape of the Blancpain “JB” (initials of founder Jehan-Jacques Blancpain) logo. The 34-mm stainless steel case features a bezel set with two rows of full cut-diamonds, and the case middle also sports five red hearts, here made of liquid ceramic. To make these pieces, Blancpain’s artisans used a process that requires meticulous application of the liquid matter prior to the firing process that solidifies it. Hearts are even in evidence on the movement, Blancpain’s automatic Caliber 1150, which has 28 jewels and a 100-hour power reserve: four red hearts decorate the rotor, which can be easily seen through the exhibition caseback. The watch comes on a white ostrich leather strap with an alzavel lining. A limited edition of 99 pieces, it is delivered in a white wooden presentation box encrusted with white hearts evoking the dial design. The U.S retail price for the Saint Valentin 2013 is $21,200. Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free weekly newsletter and get all the news delivered to your inbox.
Blancpain Introduces Saint Valentin Ladies’ Watch
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