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Blancpain Villeret Saint-Valentin 2021

The Blancpain Villeret Saint-Valentin 2021 is the latest cupid-themed watch from the Vallée de Joux. It is endowed with a notably feminine mien, encompassing a mother-of-pearl dial, diamond indexes, a diamond-set bezel and a raspberry toned strap. However, as any romantic should be aware, don’t give your hand in marriage until you know what lies within. Rest assured, the calibre 1151 is rich in merit and promises a lifetime of loyalty.

Blancpain Villeret Saint-Valentin 2021

Removing the petals from a flower, one by one, whilst stating “he loves me, he loves me not” is familiar to many childlike romantics. A frivolous exercise, often culminating in unrequited love, this little game exhibits a charming innocence.

Clearly, as we mature, relationships have greater meaning and longevity. The best tokens of affection don’t wilt within hours but last for eons, an appropriate metaphor for eternal love. Blancpain, the Haute Horlogerie brand from the Vallée de Joux, produced its inaugural Valentine’s Day limited-edition back in 2001 and has since created a cupid-themed watch each year.

The Blancpain Villeret Saint-Valentin 2021 combines the refined design codes of the regular Villeret model with delightful soupçons of playful, yet tasteful style. For example, the central sweep seconds hand pierces a stylised heart, while its counterweight emulates the appearance of an arrow’s fletching.

The model exudes femininity with its mother-of-pearl dial, diamond indexes, diamond-set bezel and raspberry toned strap. However, as with any good relationship, there has to be inner virtue. Thankfully, this watch is made by Blancpain, a name synonymous with fine watchmaking. This model’s movement, the calibre 1151, features a state of the art silicon balance spring, has a prodigious power-reserve of four days and incorporates high-end finishing typical of Haute Horlogerie. The Blancpain Villeret Saint-Valentin 2021 is limited to just 28 pieces.

The brand’s press release (January 2020)

Dedicated to celebrating lovers, this new model is all about airy lightness. The white mother-of-pearl dial is an invitation to soar above the clouds, where Cupid playfully hides from the gaze of those he has struck with his arrow. The source of every desire is symbolised by the seconds hand, sweeping a crimson-red heart matching the watch’s alligator leather strap along in its dance. The openworked hour and minute hands accentuate the refinement of this timepiece, enhanced by the precious touches of a diamond-set chapter ring and bezel.

Blancpain Villeret Saint-Valentin 2021

Blancpain sees women as both muses and captains. The Manufacture draws inspiration from their inherent delicacy to compose soft and sparkling creations, piloted by mechanisms reflecting the boldness of their nature. The very soul of this lyrical watch, housed in a 33.2 mm red gold case, resides in a self-winding Haute Horlogerie movement: Blancpain calibre 1151. Derived from the famous 1150, it is endowed with a silicon balance-spring and a four- day power reserve, as well as a date display. Because beauty is first and foremost an inner quality, a sapphire caseback reveals the finely decorated intricate workings that voluptuously mark off time.

The magical ties between Blancpain and women have been faithfully woven since 1930, when the Maison created the first self-winding ladies’ wristwatch. This fusional relationship was further consolidated three years later when a woman, Betty Fiechter, took the helm of the company, thus becoming the first to head a watchmaking Manufacture. The ensuing years saw a succession of feminine horological creations representing open declarations of Blancpain’s love for women.

The “Valentine’s Day 2021” watch is a new token of eternity. The understated elegance of its design, reflecting the very essence of Blancpain style, ensures that this gem-set timepiece joins the ranks of truly ageless models. The temptation to offer such a priceless gift to the love of your life is all the greater in that this model comes in a limited edition of just 28.

Further reading

https://www.blancpain.com/

 

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