Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Collection (Pegasus, Phoenix, Gallus and Aquila)

By offering a poetic representation of the stars, the constellations have nourished Van Cleef & Arpels’ imagination from High Jewellery to Watchmaking. In 2010, the Les Voyages Extraordinaires™ collection – a homage to the works of Jules Verne – included six clips on this theme, which were followed a year later by the cabinet of timepieces De la Terre à la Lune. For the SIHH 2014, the Maison is unveiling four new Midnight Constellations models. Different winged creatures – Pegasus, Phoenix, Gallus and Aquila – are depicted in this set of timepieces for men.

To depict the depth of the sky along with all the symbolic power of the constellations, the Maison has combined different traditional crafts within each dial. While engraving and sculpture on gold provide the motifs with spectacular effects of relief and texture, the champlevé and vallonné enamelling techniques add colour. The plumage of the Phoenix, with its flamboyant volutes, offers a subtle palette of warm tones ranging from yellow to orangey-red, while Gallus is adorned with a gradation of blue, green and mauve, forming a harmony with the mother-of-pearl’s ever-changing overtones.

Midnight Constellation Aquila

The backgrounds in lapis lazuli, carnelian, mother-of-pearl or onyx have called for carefully selected stones that meet the Maison’s standards of excellence – as have the diamonds. Set within golden stars, they evoke the sparkle of the constellations in the sky. Finally, the back of each watch features an engraving of the piece’s motif along with the constellation’s Latin name.


Technical details and images

1. Midnight Constellation Aquila, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 42mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with an onyx cabochon
-Dial: white gold, diamonds, champlevé and vallonné enamel, onyx
-Self-winding mechanical movement
-Black alligator bracelet, white gold folding buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

2. Midnight Constellation Gallus, Extraordinary Dial

-White gold case, 42mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a mother-of-pearl cabochon
-Dial: white gold, diamonds, champlevé and vallonné enamel, mother-of-pearl
-Self-winding mechanical movement
-Dark brown alligator bracelet, white gold folding buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

3. Midnight Constellation Pegasus, Extraordinary Dial

-Pink gold case, 42mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a lapis lazuli cabochon
-Dial: yellow and white gold, diamonds, champlevé and vallonné enamel, lapis lazuli
-Self-winding mechanical movement
-Dark blue alligator bracelet, pink gold folding buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

4. Midnight Constellation Phoenix, Extraordinary Dial

– Pink  gold case, 42mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds, crown set with a carnelian cabochon
-Dial: yellow and white gold, diamonds, champlevé and vallonné enamel, carnelian
-Self-winding mechanical movement
-Dark red alligator bracelet, pink gold folding buckle set with round diamonds
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

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