Van Cleef & Arpels – Lady Arpels Zodiac Collection

Perpetuating the tradition of the lucky jewellery created by the Maison in its early years, Van Cleef & Arpels devoted a collection to the signs of the Zodiac in the 1950s. Worn as precious talismans, these medallions of yellow gold were extremely popular right through to the 1980s. The theme was revisited more recently in the Palais de la chance collection, with twelve unique pieces of High Jewellery.

In 2014, Van Cleef & Arpels is renewing the tradition with an exceptional set of twelve limited edition watches that depict the signs of the Western Zodiac: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

In the Lady Arpels Zodiac watches, various craft skills combine to evoke the different signs and instill the dials with life and sparkle. A specific engraving corresponds to each element – Earth, Water, Air and Fire – and adorns the background. The latter is then covered with a layer of translucent colored enamel – green, dark blue, light blue or red – to produce subtle plays of light. The appliques, which create different levels of depth within each dial, also require painstaking work. Motifs in sculpted gold, engraved and set with stones – notably a rose-cut diamond for the faces of the figurines and an opal for the scorpion – are joined by elements in sculpted mother-of-pearl that evoke leaves, waves, clouds or flames.

These already dazzling compositions are further enhanced by a wealth of additional details: touches of opaque enamel, hard stone marquetry or stars set with yellow or white diamonds. The depicted constellation is also engraved on the back of the case, as a poetic reminder against the skin.

Lady Arpels Zodiac Virgo, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: white gold, diamonds, translucent enamel, mother-ofpearl
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Dark green alligator bracelet, pin buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

Lady Arpels Zodiac Taurus, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: white gold, diamonds, translucent enamel, mother-of pearl, lapis lazuli
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Dark green alligator bracelet, pin buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

Lady Arpels Zodiac Capricorn, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: white and yellow gold, white and yellow diamonds, translucent enamel, mother-of pearl
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Dark green alligator bracelet, pin buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

Lady Arpels Zodiac Pisces, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: white and yellow gold, white and yellow diamonds, translucent enamel, mother-of pearl
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Dark blue alligator bracelet, pin buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

Lady Arpels Zodiac Scorpio, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: white gold, diamonds, opale, translucent enamel, mother of-pearl, turquoise
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Dark blue alligator bracelet, pin buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

Lady Arpels Zodiac Cancer, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: white and pink gold, diamonds, pink sapphires, translucent enamel, mother-ofpearl, onyx
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Dark blue alligator bracelet, pin buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

Lady Arpels Zodiac Aquarius, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: white gold, diamonds, translucent enamel, mother-ofpearl, lapis lazuli
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-White alligator bracelet, pin buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

Lady Arpels Zodiac Gemini, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: white gold, diamonds, translucent enamel, mother-of pearl
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-White alligator bracelet, pin buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

Lady Arpels Zodiac Libra, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: white and yellow gold, white and yellow diamonds, translucent enamel, mother-ofpearl
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-White alligator bracelet, pin buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

Lady Arpels Zodiac Aries, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: yellow and white gold, yellow and white diamonds, translucent enamel, mother-of-pearl
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Dark red alligator bracelet, pin buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

Lady Arpels Zodiac Leo, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: yellow and white gold, yellow and white diamonds, translucent enamel, mother-of-pearl
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Dark red alligator bracelet, pin buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

Lady Arpels Zodiac Sagittarius, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: yellow and white gold, yellow and white diamonds, translucent enamel, mother-of-pearl
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Dark red alligator bracelet, pin buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

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