The Montblanc Princess Grace de Monaco collection is a tribute to a woman of absolute style, a personality who has never been forgotten. Her legend was celebrated at a launch held on 10 May 2012 at the Montblanc Nisantasi boutique, by Rotap, the Turkish distributor for Montblanc, with a presentation by Ozlem Gusar. The event was hosted by Bihter Koray AyyÄ±ldÄ±z, General Manager of Rotap and Montblanc Turkey Corporate Communications manager. It saw the presence of the Istanbul jet set.
The Princess Grace de Monaco collection is part of the Montblanc strategy to re-address the female market. It features an extensivde uise of petal-cut stones, a reference to the Grace de Monaco pink rose that was created in 1956 to celebrate Grace Kelly's marriage to Rainier III, prince of Monaco.
Princesse Grace de Monaco Haute Joaillerie
The lovely pieces in this collection are made with diamonds along with drop-cut pink sapphires, in glorious cascades of rose colour as well as the glitter of diamonds. The collection comprises necklaces, earrings and bracelets, in sets with different carat weights. Some of the pieces are one-off items. For example, the 104845 necklace has a total of about 9 ct of diamonds, 8.9 ct of pink sapphires, a central pink sapphire of 2.4 ct, and a superb Montblanc diamond at 0.62 ct. This one-off piece retails at €170,000.
Princesse Grace de Monaco writing instruments
Above, one of the limited edition fountain pens. Below, Grace Kelly, in a photo published in Life magazine, and featuring a dress possibly designed by Oleg Cassini. The neckline became the inspiration for the pen.
Montblanc have created two Limited Editions, and a Special Edition. They share a delicately curving shape, with a cap-top detail inspired by the famous image of Princess Grace in a stunning black dress with an unmistakable neckline. Pink gemstones feature strongly, again in tribute to the Grace de Monaco pink rose. Other details include the Princess's monogram, the Principality of Monaco coat of arms, and a valuable purple resin. For example, Limited Edition 3 is limited to three pieces, a reference to her children. Its decoration in diamonds and rhomboid rubies contains references to the coat of arms of the Principality. The clip is magnificent, terminating with a drop-cut diamond. Retail price €81,000.
The Special Edition is made in royal-purple resin, with clip embellished with petal-cut pink topaz, and an 18 kt gold nib with a heart-shaped hole. The fountain pen in the series retails at €730.
Princesse Grace de Monaco watch
The Limited Edition 8 is made using the same imagery, with baguette diamonds on the bezel and dial, a lovely drop-cut pink sapphire as the 6 o'clock marker, and the Princess Grace monogram on the case back. The case is in 18 kt red gold, while the dial is in mother-of-pearl, with diamonds used as hour indices, except for the number 12 which is in red gold. A Montblanc diamond is set into the crown. Each of the eight pieces in this edition retails at €69,000.
All the items are presented in bespoke packaging, with royal purple outside, and grey silk inside.
Grace Patricia Kelly was born on 12 November 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, and she starred in several films directed by Alfred Hitchcock, including To Catch a Thief alongside Cary Grant, Rear Window with James Steward, and Dial M for Murder with Ray Milland. She won a Golden Globe and an Oscar as best actress for the film The Country Girl. On 19 April 1956, she married Prince Rainier Grimaldi III of Monaco, becoming Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco. She had three children, Caroline, Albert and Stéphanie. She died in a car accident on 14 September 1982.