Blancpain’s savoir-faire for feminine timepieces is rooted in years of heritage and craftsmanship, now encapsulated in the form of Marilyn Monroe’s own Blancpain watch that is now displayed at the maison’s New York City flagship store.
“We are particularly proud to present for the very first time this cocktail watch owned by Marilyn Monroe,” said Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO of Blancpain. “Especially since Marilyn Monroe had very few pieces of jewelry, despite the memorable Diamonds are a girl’s best friend which she loved to sing.”
The Art-Deco inspired timepiece is said to have been a gift from her third husband, the iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Arthur Miller. Crafted in platinum and paved with 71 round-cut diamonds and two marquise-cut diamonds, the watch bears the legend Blancpain its white rectangular dial with yellow hour-markers and blue hands with a tiny mechanical FHF 59 movement.
Visitors will also get a glimpse into the screen actress’s life with the timepiece displayed alongside other items belonging to Monroe including books, outfits and stationery. Portraits of Monroe by photographer Lawrence Schiller who documented much of Monroe’s professional life and who attended the exhibition’s opening, are also showcased.
The exhibition will run until November 23 at the boutique located on 697 Fifth Avenue.