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Montblanc Princesse Grace de Monaco / 29-pieces limited series
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The Watches of the Montblanc ‘Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco'
To create watches for a collection which bears the name of such an incomparable and unforgettable personality was a challenge that continues to fill Montblanc's designers and jewelers with pride. The inimitable grace and tasteful predilections of this European-American style icon inspired Montblanc's specialists to design watch models that duly honor the name and the memory of Princesse Grace de Monaco.
Sleekly Simple Refinement with Instantly Recognizable Provenance
The circular case has a decidedly contemporary diameter of thirty-four millimeters. The perfectly round dial contrasts with and gains fascinating excitement from an elliptical flange (réhaut) with its long axis running from the “12” to the “6.” Like the unforgotten princess, whose unsurpassed style was based on uncomplicated forms and simple gestures that unfurled their full graciousness only in skilful combination, so too is this wristwatch unmistakably “Gracia Patricia.”
The lovely impression is also conveyed in side view, a perspective from which watches are seldom viewed. The horns point slightly downwards for an anatomically perfect fit. This same angle continues across the beveled bezel and culminates in the tastefully cambered sapphire crystal, which spans the dial like a transparent dome. Its arc is echoed in the slight curvature of the screwed back, which has a somewhat concave form that conforms to the shape of its wearer's wrist. The back is engraved with a regal and the monogram of Grace Kelly. The fluted and readily grasped crown looks especially attractive when viewed from the side. Each winding-button on models with gold cases bears Montblanc's patented diamond: the exquisitely colorless gem is cut and polished with forty-three facets to form Montblanc's logo. The brand's symbol appears as a mother-of-pearl inlay on each stainless steel watch.
Limited Edition of Twenty-Nine Timepieces
Each of the twenty-nine wristwatches that together comprise the limited edition of the Montblanc ‘Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco' has an eighteen carat red gold case studded with gems weighing a total of 1.47 carat and is affixed to an alligator-leather strap. The bezel is embellished with 126 brilliant-cut diamonds set in two rows along the sides and arranged in a single row between the horns to form a sparkling oval that's echoed by 130 brilliant-cut diamonds along the flange around the dial. Additional gems adorn the horns, six diamonds serve as indices to mark the hours, and forty-five brilliant-cut diamonds surround the seconds subdial as though they were a necklace with a pink sapphire pendant. On this wristwatch too, Montblanc's trademark is eternalized in the form of a diamond in the crown.
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