Blancpain is known for many different things, and not least of all is their annual Valentine’s Day watch. This tradition from Blancpain has been going on since 2001. The 14th installment of the Valentine’s Day themed watch is a careful combination of sublime class and Swiss savoir faire. As with each Valentine’s Day watch from Blancpain, this model for 2014 is limited in its production to just 99 pieces worldwide.
Blancpain has never used a quartz movement in its entire history of watchmaking, and even though it is somewhat of an industry standard to fit ladies’ watches with quartz movements, this chic timepiece carries a self-winding movement Caliber 1150.
The movement in this model has a power reserve of 100 hours. The balance wheel beats at a constant 28,800 VpH, with the spring itself being made of a non-magnetic silicon alloy which results in greater accuracy over a longer period of time. The movement can be viewed through the sapphire crystal case back, revealing the open worked gold toned oscillating mass with a central heart motif. The movement is comprised of 210 components and carries 28 rubies.
The case of this beautiful watch is crafted from 750 white gold and features a diamond encrusted bezel with individually set stones with a 0.9 total carat weight. The diamonds used are of very high quality and full cut (58 facets). The main crown is ridged for the uncomplicated adjustments of both the date and the time. The case measures in at 33mm for the case diameter.
The dial is set with white mother of pearl and it features delicate Roman numeral hour markers at the 6, 9, and 12 positions, and diamond hour markers for the remaining hours. The dial is also set with large heart motifs in white which graduate to the smallest, which is in red. The heart shaped hands are rhodium color and are skeletonized. Completing this amazing dial is a date aperture at the 3 position.
Complementing the white color scheme of this timepiece is a white alligator leather strap with white stitching. Blancpain offers the Valentine’s Day Special Edition watch for 2014 with a two year international guarantee.
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