The Poetry of Time
Ever faithful to a poetic view of life, Van Cleef & Arpels has introduced a distinctive dimension to the field of watchmaking: that of dreams and emotion. The wonders of the watchmaker’s craft – accomplished in the workshops of Switzerland – are used to bring a story to life on the dial. To express these values and the themes that are so unique to Van Cleef & Arpels, the Maison has employed master watchmakers and traditional craft skills. Lapidaries, enamelers, engravers and stone-setters have used their ancestral savoir-faire to embellish complication watches and exceptional dials. Van Cleef & Arpels draws from its enchanted world to depict a moment of grace, luck or beauty with each creation, offering a dreamlike perspective on the passage of time.
Poetic Complications - Story of creativity and emotion
For the Poetic Complications collection, the wonders of watchmaking technique – along with precious materials and traditional craft skills – are used to bring a story to life on the dial. Each creation associates technical prowess, creative research and a sense of wonder. Complicated movements, featuring 24-hour, dual time zone, “Quantième de Saison”, retrograde, planetarium or light-on-demand modules, allow the poetry of each passing moment to be captured. Expressing four main sources of inspiration, these High Horology creations offer precious moments of emotion that form an integral part of Van Cleef & Arpels’ imagination.
Lady Arpels™ Planétarium watch
38 mm white gold case, diamonds in serti-rang style setting, diamond-set bezel, diamond-set crown. Dial: aventurine, pink gold sun and white gold shooting star, pink mother-of-pearl Mercury, green enamel Venus, turquoise Earth, diamond Moon. Case back: white gold, pink gold, aventurine, sapphire glass, calendar, oscillating weight in white gold and black PVD, Moon in white gold with serti neige style diamonds, Earth in turquoise and ornamental stones echoing the planets. Self-winding mechanical movement with a Christiaan Van der Klaauw Planétarium module, developed exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels. Glitter blue alligator bracelet, white gold pin buckle set with diamonds. Numbered edition.
A feminine vision of the cosmos… Developped as an echo of the Midnight Planétarium™ watch, Van Cleef & Arpels has restyled this iconic creation, offering an original women’s edition to enrich the universe of Poetic Astronomy. Distinguished both by refined aesthetics and its automatic movement, developed exclusively for the Maison, the Lady Arpels Planétarium watch illustrates the Sun and the closest planets: Mercury, Venus and finally Earth, along with its natural satellite, the Moon. Each heavenly body moves at its actual speed, orbiting the dial in 88 days for Mercury, 224 days for Venus and 365 days for Earth. In a key innovation for this piece, the Moon itself rotates around the Earth in 29.5 days, performing a visible celestial ballet on the dial, day after day.