Blancpain celebrated last night in New York the launch of its “Timeless Elegance” exhibition, revealing for the very first time to the public a legendary 1930’s jewelry watch that belonged to Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe.
Hosted at Blancpain’s emblematic flagship store on Fifth Avenue, this private event also displayed a number of rarely-seen portraits of Monroe by famed photographer Lawrence Schiller, alongside a collection of the star’s personal belongings.
Crafted in platinum and paved with 71 round-cut diamonds and two marquise-cut diamonds, the Marilyn Monroe watch bears the “Blancpain” insignia on its white rectangular dial with yellow hour-markers and blue hands, as well as the mention “Rayville Watch Co. 17 Jewels” on its tiny mechanical FHF 59 movement.
The slender geometry and structured setting of the watch embody a perfect balance between avant-gardism and elegance, both day and night.
The Timeless Elegance exhibition is on show from October 31 to November 23 at Blancpain Boutique, 697 Fifth Avenue, 10022 New York, USA.