The new DeLaneau Les Delicates collection of bracelet watches from the famous Swiss jeweler is offered in a variety of shapes and colors, but the most impressive among them (and, possibly, the best choice for a Valentine’s Day gift) is the heart-shaped timepiece with the reference number DEL007 WG 79 PV.
Offered in an 18-carat white gold case, which is set with whole 24 baguette-cut rubies that are, in their own turn, perfectly matched with 19 more heart-cut gemstones of the same variety that adorn the white gold bracelet, the watch looks delicate and refined. Although there is a touch of frivolousness to it, most ladies may actually like it.
The dial of this version of the new DeLaneau Les Delicates is set with 137 brilliant-cut diamonds that are, too, complemented with 40 navette-cut diamonds that together form 10 beautiful four-petal flowers.
Thanks to the use of black-colored hour and minute hands, the dial of the watch is actually usable when it comes to time-telling: a rare feat among the numerous jewelry watches that are usually designed to be beautiful, not legible.
Traditionally, the jewelry maker uses a third-party caliber from Frederic Piguet, a famous ebauche maker that sells its mechanical movements to such renowned brands as Breguet, Cartier, Blancpain and even Vacheron Constantin.
This particular watch is powered by the expensive hand-wound Frederic Piguet Caliber 610, which is redecorated and rebadged as Caliber DEL610.
The movement is slightly turned clockwise around its axis, so the white gold winding crown is neatly placed between 4 and 5 o’clock.
By the way, there also exists an automatic-powered version of the caliber. However, dubbed FP 615, it is significantly thicker than the version with manual winding system, so it simply didn’t fit into the relatively thin body of this impressive piece of jewelry.
Being only 15.30 millimeters in diameter and just over 2 millimeters high, this ultra-thin movement looks like an ideal candidate to animate a bracelet watch, which is supposed to be as compact as technically possible.
Judging by the jeweller’s web-site, they use the ebauche throughout their whole 2011 collection of timekeepers, including the gorgeous DeLaneau Eclat and the brilliant DeLaneau Magic.
There is still no official information regarding the timekeeper’s price, but I am pretty positive that it is going to be very, very expensive.
Their last year’s Amazone Blueberries 1608 high-jewelry model in white gold, for example, retailed for as high as €190,000!
See also: Mira Fee Celeste Ladies Watch
DeLaneau Les Delicates (Ref. DEL007 WG 79 PV) hand-wound bracelet watch specification
Price: TBD, quite expensive
Movement: Manual (hand-wound,) Caliber DEL610, base Frederic Piguet 610, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 21
Movement frequency: 18,600 vph
Movement decoration: Geneva stripes, polished screw heads
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: White gold
Bezel material: 24 baguette-cut rubies
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Heart
Bezel shape: Heart
Case size: Approx. 25 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: No data
Dial: 18-carat white gold, set with 137 brilliant-cut diamonds
Hour markers: None
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: 18-carat white gold bracelet set with 19 heart-cut rubies and 40 navette-cut diamonds
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire