It is still almost five weeks till the next St. Valentine’s Day, yet the Swiss-based luxury watchmaker has already prepared a new, limited edition Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2013 ladies watch that, while coming in relatively inexpensive stainless steel body, features a nicely crafted dial, a number of beautifully executed ceramic elements, as well as an ultra-thin automatic movement.
Being in fact a refinished version of the great Frederic Piguet 1150 self-winding caliber that the manufacture sells to independent watchmakers (Delaneau, for example, uses the caliber as a base for its gorgeous Delaneau Amazone Blueberries 1608 model with jumping hours and minutes complication), the movement features a double-barrel design that ensures more than 100 hours of power reserve and has the oscillating weight redecorated with stylized hearts.
The same hearts are repeated on the white mother-of-pearl dial, which is adorned with eleven diamonds that also serve as hour markers, as well as on the left side of the slim 34 mm body. According to Blancpain, the five hearts on the body are not simply painted or applied, but are in fact crafted from liquid ceramic, which is then solidified in an oven at extremely high temperatures.
Although the body of the watch is crafted from steel and doesn’t look as spectacular as cases in white gold, there is a good chance that, being made from more durable metal, the Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2013 will still look flawless at the time when a model in gold will be in need of polishing.
Also, thanks to the two rows of full-cut diamonds on its slightly thick bezel, the watch looks as gorgeous as much more expensive timekeepers from other major brands.
As the company says in its press release, the watch will be produced only as a limited edition model with a total number of devices restricted to just 99 individually numbered pieces.
Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2013 Limited Edition watch specification
Movement: Automatic, Blancpain Calibre 1150 (base FP1150), ultra-thin, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 110 hours
Movement decoration: Oscillating weight is decorated with stylized hearts
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case, decorated with two rows of full-cut diamonds
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 34.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: White mother-of-pearl
Hour markers: DIamonds
Hands: Luminous, partly open-worked
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: White ostrich leather strap with alzavel lining
Case back: Sapphire