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January 11, 2008updated Feb 13, 2013

Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2008

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

BLANCPAIN SAINT-VALENTIN 2008

Year after year, the tradition of innovation cherished by Blancpain is expressed in the most romantically feminine manner. The brand’s designers are never short on inspiration in conceiving and creating watchmaking interpretations of lovers’ finer feelings: limited editions of ladies’ models dedicated to love in the noblest sense of the term. A gift that beats to the rhythm of hearts on fire, a subtle and precious timekeeper and a token of enduring love.

The Valentine’s Day celebration remains a powerful symbol and an apparently inexhaustible source of creativity for Blancpain watchmakers. Once again this year, the Manufacture in Le Brassus pursues this noble custom by releasing a limited series of the Complete Calendar Moon Phases model, combining a delicately mischievous touch with the complexity of a delicately feminine mechanical timepiece. February 14th thus witnesses a new milestone in Blancpain history, imbued with the graceful and subtle tradition of love. And it is clearly no coincidence that Blancpain has chosen the complete moon-phase calendar complication, an unmistakable signature feature of the Manufacture in Le Brassus and the one that gave a new lease on life to the mechanical watch industry in the 1980s.

Innately contemporary and feminine to the tips of its hands, the Blancpain Women Saint-Valentin 2008 reveals an ingeniously avant-garde spirit. Symbolising purity and graceful elegance, two rows of finely-set diamonds set fire to the traditional double-stepped bezel. Water-resistant to 50 metres thanks to its screw-lock crown and screw-down back, the 34 mm-diameter steel case provides a beautifully rounded vision of time. Daringly combing an elegant white mother-of-pearl dial, playfully opulent Arabic numerals and hour-markers, along with hollowed cone-shaped hands, this jewellery-watch clearly enjoys playing on contrasts and materials.

Embodying an exquisite expression of sensuality, the Blancpain Women Saint-Valentin 2008 reveals its inner beauty in a delightfully simple manner. Endowed with a 100-hour power reserve, the self-winding Calibre 6763 powering hour, minute and small seconds hands also features a complete calendar driving a pointer-type date display, along with day of the week, month and moon-phase indications. The theme of this elegant complication is confirmed by the bright red heart-shaped small seconds hand, ticking off the seconds of love and accentuating the originality of the moon with its harmoniously feminine features.

The sapphire crystal case-back affords a stunning view of the entirely hand-crafted meticulous finishing and decoration, executed as indeed on all Blancpain movements in keeping with the finest traditions of watchmaking excellence. Issued in a limited edition of 99, the Blancpain Women Saint-Valentin 2008 is fitted with a hand-sewn white alligator leather strap complete with folding clasp.

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