Blancpain's passion for watches takes new shape for Valentine's day 2010View gallery - 3 images
Swiss luxury watchmaker Blancpain has continued its annual tradition of celebrating the most romantic day of the year with a new design set for release on February 14th 2010. This speciality timepiece combines an sinuously-contoured silhouette created by a glittering border of over 500 precious stones. A heart is set into the dial fashioned in white and pink mother-of-pearl and echoed in pink sapphires and diamonds encircling the dial. A heart-shaped diamond appears at 12 o'clock, while the pin buckle is set with a pear-shaped pink sapphire. The straps are satin, and only 14 of these extraordinary limited edition ensembles will be created - the price is unknown, but rest assured, it will represent a whole lotta love!
Though we have previously covered Blancpain's Valentine's day release, this is the first time that Blancpain has deviated from a more familiar form of watch in over 250 years of master watchmaking. Its style can be characterized as elegant, unique, and in the words of Marc A. Hayek, CEO of Blancpain "rather revolutionary... a little bit crazy, a bit of an adventurer. We have always tried to be different, to become more innovative, to try things that have not been tried or been achieved in the past."
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While Blancpain have a tradition of releasing a Valentine's edition watch, this stunning timepiece truly breaks the mould. Blancpain also proudly reintroduce the famously miniature "Lady Bird" Calibre 615 mechanism - still regarded as the world's smallest self-winding movement. This exquisite mechanism can be viewed through the sapphire crystal case back, as can the production number and quantity. Blancpain Valentine's watches are often rare and highly coveted but this is an extremely limited edition watch naturally set at a run of 14. Blancpain watches typically sell for anything between US$20,000 and US$1,000,000 and with 500 diamonds and sapphires this timepiece will cost a pretty penny so start saving now.View gallery - 3 images