For the previous 20 years, Blancpain has celebrated Valentine’s Day with a particular timepiece devoted to girls. Combining luxurious white gold with the flicker of diamonds and passionate purple prospers, this new version of the Blancpain Ladybird marks Saint Valentine’s 2022, in a restricted version of 99 timepieces.
Though our readers will affiliate Blancpain with icons like the Fifty Fathoms and the elegant Villeret assortment, there are some shocking details about Blancpain’s historical past of girls’s watches. Based in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain in Villeret, the corporate remained in household arms till 1932. Following the demise of the seventh-generation Blancpain, the watchmaking model was entrusted to a loyal assistant of Frédéric-Emile Blancpain. What’s exceptional for the day is that the assistant was Betty Fiechter, who turned the primary lady CEO within the Swiss watchmaking trade in 1933. Different milestones in Blancpain’s portfolio of girls’s watches included the Thirties Rolls, the primary computerized wristwatch for girls. (One other well-known platinum and diamond cocktail watch produced by Blancpain and worn by Marilyn Monroe was revisited in 2020 in a shocking excessive jewelry model with a rectangular-shaped motion.) In 1956, below the path of Fiechter, Blancpain produced the Ladybird, the world’s smallest spherical watch with a mechanical motion (11.85mm) and a winding crown on the caseback. A pioneer on this planet of petite girls’ watches that had been all the craze within the Nineteen Fifties, Blancpain’s Ladybird advanced over the a long time and in 1993 was outfitted with the thinnest manual-winding motion (calibre 610) of the day.
The Ladybird Valentine’s Day corresponds to the bigger 34.9mm case dimension launched in 2021 for the Ladybird Colours assortment. Bigger than the diminutive 21.5mm Ladybird Ultraplate fashions presently within the assortment, the Ladybird Colours is fitted with Blancpain’s ultra-thin computerized motion (calibre 1153) with a powerful 100-hour energy reserve.
The dainty 34.9mm white gold case has a slim peak of 9.20mm and is ready with 58 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and lugs with a rose-cut ruby within the crown. Since purple is the color related to ardour and love, the white mother-of-pearl dial options varnished purple Arabic numerals and a small purple coronary heart pierced by Cupid’s arrow represented by the central seconds hand with an arrow counterweight. A second ring of smaller diamonds graces the centre of the dial, and the attribute hollowed sage leaf arms point out time.
Blancpain’s ultra-thin computerized motion powers the Ladybird Saint Valentine. With its slender 3.25mm peak, calibre 1153 is fitted with a silicon stability spring, beats at a 3Hz frequency and delivers strong 4-day/100-hour energy reserve. The sapphire crystal caseback reveals the openworked white gold rotor and refined finishings just like the Côtes de Genève ornament on the bridges and perlage on the bottom plate.
Availability and Worth
A purple alligator strap with a diamond-set pin buckle completes the romantic color scheme of the Ladybird Valentine’s Day 2022. Restricted to 99 items, the value of the watch is EUR 27,170.
Extra info at Blancpain.com.