Van Cleef & Arpels – The Cadenas® Watch, Edition 2015

The SIHH 2015 marked the reappearance of one of Van Cleef & Arpels’ icons: the Cadenas® watch. Bold, timeless and feminine, this jewel that tells the time symbolizes sentimental attachment.

Created in 1935, the Cadenas watch marks the birth of one of the Maison’s most emblematic pieces. A symbol of sentimental attachment in the image of its clasp, the watch is said to have been inspired – like the Zip necklace – by the Duchess of Windsor. The first version of this jewel that tells the time was in gold, with a double snake chain acting as a bracelet. The lines of the case are straight and pure; the attachment takes on the rounded form of a padlock. The design is unique, asserting its status as an instantly recognizable symbol.

Graced with femininity, an angled dial underscores its refinement: the time is read discretely, in the manner of elegant ladies of the period. Boldly avant garde, the Cadenas watch is notable for its resolutely modern design. The curves of its hoop-shaped attachment blend perfectly with the straight lines of the case.

In 2015, Van Cleef & Arpels reveals a new treasure trove of Cadenas watches – true icons among the jewels of the Maison.

With its distinctive design, the Cadenas watch is among the Maison’s prized creations. Intensely feminine, it can be worn like a bracelet. In its jeweled versions, it glitters like a diamond. Distinctive, it is boldly contemporary. The 2015 edition of this classic piece incorporates changes to the dial, the stone setting and the clasp.

Originally intended to be glanced at discretely as a mark of distinction, it now emphasizes the time with an enlarged dial for increased visibility and 12 hour markers. The watch gains in readability, while retaining the inclined dial of the initial design. Adorned in sumptuous finery, it sparkles with diamonds in sertineige style. Its clasp offers increased security. Two small ceramic beads inside the clasp provide a more resistant fastening. The hidden, polished side of the clasp lends itself to a discrete personalized engraving.

The iconic jewelry watch has been magnified and, on occasion, adorned with white diamonds: DE grade for princess-cut stones and DEF for brilliant cuts. In tune with the times, it retains its essential character. Alligator straps and gold bracelets inaugurate new horizons. Instantly recognizable, it assumes a range of variations – like so many facets of a single, distinctive personality. Powered by a quartz movement, the Cadenas collection now consists of 9 new models.

Cadenas
The Cadenas watch in yellow gold is an icon of refined simplicity. A double snake chain bracelet in yellow gold contributes a touch of finesse to this historic model, celebrating the original form of an ever-contemporary watch. The timepiece is also available with an alligator strap to adorn the wrist.

Versions

  • Cadenas watch, yellow gold, mother-of-pearl, alligator bracelet, quartz movement
  • Cadenas Bracelet Or watch, yellow gold, mother-of-pearl, quartz movement

Cadenas Sertie
Resolutely modern, the Cadenas Sertie watch is available in both yellow and white gold. Diamonds in serti neigestyle adorn the upper surface of the case and the attachment of the alligator strap.The Cadenas Sertie watch is also available in a Bracelet Or version, with serti neige style setting on the upper surface of the case. It is distinguished by its double snake chain bracelet, evoking the refined, jewel-like elegance of the original model. With its rounded, feminine curves, the Cadenas Sertie Bracelet Or watch is available in white gold and yellow gold.

Versions

  • Cadenas Sertie Bracelet Or watch, white gold, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, quartz movement
  • Cadenas Sertie Bracelet Or watch, yellow gold, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, quartz movement
  • Cadenas Sertie watch,white gold, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, alligator bracelet, quartz movement
  • Cadenas Sertie watch, yellow gold, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, alligator bracelet, quartz movement

Cadenas Pavée
This new model highlights the jewelry aspect of the timepiece. The upper surface of the case is adorned with princess-cut diamonds, while round diamonds – in serti neige style setting – illuminate the case, clasp and dial. An image of delicacy, subtlety and finesse, it is paired with a snake chain bracelet in white gold to accentuate its sparkle. The Cadenas Pavée watch is also available in a pink gold version, with pink sapphires and diamonds contributing softness and femininity. Diamonds and a gradation of pink sapphires adorn the case and the clasp of the Cadenas Pavée Saphirs Roses Bracelet Or watch.

Versions

  • Cadenas Pavée Saphirs Roses Bracelet Or watch, pink gold, diamonds, pink sapphires, quartz movement
  • Cadenas Pavée watch, white gold, diamonds, alligator bracelet, quartz movement
  • Cadenas Pavée Bracelet Or watch,  white gold, diamonds, quartz movement

Van Cleef & Arpels Carpe Koï Watch Bracelet

In echo to the Carpes Koï ring from the High Jewelry collection Palais de la chance™, the Carpe Koï watch bracelet gives pride of place to the theme of nature in movement that has accompanied the Maison since its very first creations. In tribute to Japanese culture, Van Cleef & Arpels presents a timepiece in the shape of a carp – the orange-colored fish with soothing properties. A symbol of love, it enlivens Zen gardens with its bright colors, contributing serenity and life. Renowned for swimming against the current, the carp is also a symbol of strength and courage.

The Carpe Koï watch bracelet is a reflection of the virtuosity of the Mains d’Or™. Set with 8,000 colored stones, this unique piece called for 3450 hours of intricate work. It presents an extraordinary variety of gems, all carefully selected by Van Cleef & Arpels to meet the highest standards of quality. The body of the fish is adorned with yellow sapphires and spessartite garnets set on yellow gold, forming enchantingly cheerful gradations.

Blue volutes of Paraíba-like tourmalines and white diamonds suggest the calm tranquility of life beneath the water. Wrapped around the wrist like a protecting talisman, the bracelet is unfastened by pressing on the carp’s tail, releasing the body. In a touch of consummate elegance, this High Jewelry timepiece displays the time with discretion: the fish’s mouth opens delicately to reveal a dial entirely set with precious stones.

Technical details
Model: Carpe Koï watch bracelet
Dial: yellow gold, princess-cut diamonds, spessartite garnets, yellow sapphires
Quartz movement
Bracelet: yellow gold, white gold, diamonds, yellow sapphires, spessartite garnets, Paraíba-like tourmalines, black spinels
Unique piece

Van Cleef & Arpels Abstraction Watch

The Abstraction watch by Van Cleef & Arpels echoes the ring of the same name, created for the High Jewelry collection Bals de Légende™. Their shared aesthetic pays homage to the Black & White Ball held by Truman Capote in New York in 1966. The combination of geometric lines with contrasting black and white expresses the primacy of pure forms.

The geometric composition of the Abstraction watch – a unique piece by Van Cleef & Arpels – reveals itself in a myriad of spinels and diamonds set on white gold, creating a subtle interplay of lines and forms. This sophisticated and graphic style is accentuated by a bold trilogy of diamonds of different cuts, reflecting the Maison’s taste for asymmetry.

Abstraction watch and separable bracelets: White gold, one portrait diamond, one emerald-cut DIF type 2A diamond of 11,20 carats and one cushion-cut DIF type 2A diamond of 12,03 carats, white mother-of-pearl, black spinels and diamonds (JLC 101 manual-winding mechanical movement), unique piece.

Following in the footsteps of the Maison’s transformable pieces, the Abstraction watch is composed of three magnetic bracelets. They may be worn alone or combined at will to offer a variety of styles. The first bracelet gives pride of place to a DIF type 2A diamond weighing 12.03 carats, of extremely rare quality. Its cushion cut and clarity endow it with a timeless elegance.

A second bracelet, adorned with the white mother-of-pearl dial, gives the time. Lodged under a portrait-cut diamond, the dial is brought to life by the smallest mechanical watch movement. A third bracelet reveals a DIF type 2A diamond weighing 11.20 carats: its emerald cut and the clarity of its sparkle complement the design of the jewel to perfection. The black spinels – a historic batch dating from 1925 – offset the radiance of the diamonds and contribute additional character to this exceptional piece.

Van Cleef & Arpels À Cheval watch

Van Cleef & Arpels has magnified the natural beauty of diamonds by creating the High Jewelry watch À Cheval. Perpetuating the jewelry-making savoir faire of the À Cheval set – created in 1981 – this timepiece epitomizes the elegance and refinement of feminine beauty.

Van Cleef & Arpels À Cheval set

By using an unusual setting method in which the gems overlap, the À Cheval watch offers a bracelet of great flexibility that adorns the wrist with a thin river of diamonds. A jewelry-making technique of great complexity, its subtly three-dimensional craftsmanship endows the diamonds with unparalleled sparkle.

The visual style of the À Cheval High Jewelry watch celebrates the white diamond: a symbol of purity and eternal love. Set in platinum, the gems are embellished by the precious metal, which reflects their radiance and sparkle. Enhanced by a bezel set with round diamonds, the watch is equipped with a quartz movement. The dial in white gold is illuminated by diamonds.

Technical details
Model: À Cheval watch
Platinum case, 20mm diameter, bezel set with round diamonds
Dial: white gold, round diamonds
Bracelet: platinum, round diamonds
Quartz movement
Repetitive piece

Van Cleef & Arpels Poetic Complications – Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Coccinelles & Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Oiseaux de Paradis

In 2006, Van Cleef & Arpels celebrated its centenary with an innovative watch, on which time flows by poetically, in harmony with the seasons. Each watch expresses a subtle creativity that provokes a sense of wonder. The technical mastery of its 24-hour movement is eclipsed by the spectacle of an eternal nature bursting with treasures.

In 2015, Van Cleef & Arpels enriches its collection with two new pieces: Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Coccinelles & Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Oiseaux de Paradis. Depicting ladybirds and a bird of paradise, these creations accompany the emotions and moments of happiness bequeathed by the passage of time.

In white gold with a bezel set with round diamonds, this 38mm timepiece is fitted with a 24-hour movement that offers an illustration of the Maison’s watchmaking savoir-faire.

A technical feat, this automatic movement revolves almost imperceptible in each 24-hour period. The two new models, their dials richly adorned by traditional craftsmen, depict ladybirds and a bird of paradise for each cycle of the sun and moon. In this animated world, time slips by peacefully.

The craftsmen’s virtuosity leads into enchanting lands, where champlevé and cloisonné enamel traces the contours of the landscapes. As the hours go by, a disk of cloisonné enamel reveals a diurnal, then nocturnal scene.

Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Coccinelles
Eternal symbols of luck, ladybirds are part of the world of Van Cleef & Arpels. The Maison invites them into a scene filled with four-leaf clovers. The course of the sun and moon accompanies the two tiny creatures on their poetic journey. The self-winding mechanical movement brings this world to life. By day, a disk of cloisonné enamel reveals two little ladybirds. A bouquet of diamond-set flowers reflects the glow of the night.

Model: Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Coccinelles watch
White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with diamonds
Dial: cloisonnéenamel, engraved gold and diamonds
Over-dial:  champlevéenamel, sculpted gold and diamonds
Case back: engraved gold with motifs echoing the story of the dial
Self-winding mechanical movement with a 24-hour module developed exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels
Dark green alligator strap, white gold pin buckle set with diamonds
Numbered edition

Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Oiseaux de Paradis
A bird of paradise sets its sparkling train of feathers down upon a bird of paradise flower. At nightfall, the flower disappears to make way for a diamond moon. The rhythms of the sun and moon punctuate the bird’s existence, in a world rich in poetry where stars shine. The disk of cloisonné enamel mirrors the 24-hour cycle, accompanying the passage of day and night.

Model: Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Oiseaux de Paradis watch
White gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with diamonds
Dial: cloisonnéenamel, engraved gold and diamonds
Over-dial: champlevéenamel, sculpted gold and diamonds
Case back: engraved gold wih motifs echoing the story of the dial
Self-winding mechanical movement with a 24-hour module developed exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels
Navy blue alligator strap, white gold pin buckle set with diamonds
Numbered edition

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaire Langage des Fleurs Collection

At SIHH 2015, Van Cleef & Arpels revealed three shimmering feminine watch models from its Charms Extraordinaire Langage des Fleurs collection.

First created in 2008, the Charms timepiece is among Van Cleef & Arpels’ emblematic watchmaking creations. Its clean lines, faithful to the delicate feminine aesthetic cherished by the Maison, are embellished with a lucky charm that spins with each movement of the wrist. This year, the collection is adorned with shimmering bouquets bearing messages of love, while the charm takes on a floral motif. The dials are decorated with buttercups, daffodils, crocuses, lilacs, wallflowers and forget-me-nots, gracing the Charms collection with the poetry of spring as they chart the first traces and subsequent developments of a love story. The Maison pays homage to craft skills in the visual style of these three watches. Selected according to the highest standards of purity, precious stones add a delicate finishing touch to these timepieces.

The flowers depicted in the collection are powerful symbols. The watches’ dials are adorned with bouquets bearing messages of hope, love and desire. The charms blossom into flowers, transformed into precious jewels. The gradations of stones are subtle, blending in with the rows of diamonds and adding refinement to the bezel. The mother-of-pearl dials are decorated using various traditional craft skills, including miniature painting in two or three dimensions and cabochonné enameling. Using a thick layer of enamel, the dial is embellished with rounded relief motifs. The depth of the unpolished material contributes volume, sparkle and plays of light to the dial’s ornamentation.

The Charms Extraordinaire Langage des Fleurs collection is a numbered edition. It is composed of three models – of different sizes and in different colored gold – each of which bears a message. The gradation of stones embellishing the bezel matches the color of the watch. Two interchangeable shiny alligator straps adorn the timepiece to suit every mood. The emblematic flower of the watch is engraved on the back of the case, adding a final touch to the story related on the dial.

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaire Espérance
The smallest model in the collection is adorned with sunny colors, illuminating its 25mm case in yellow gold. The buttercup in cabochonné enamel symbolizes beauty; the daffodil designates true love’s desire while the chickweed represents the meeting, so pregnant with hopes.

Embedded in the dial, the daffodil is sculpted in white mother-of-pearl for extra depth, then colored yellow with miniature painting. The craftsmen’s virtuosity is also illustrated by the painting of the chickweed. Their mastery brings the dial to life, contributing relief and adding finesse to the motion of the flowers.

The charm is a buttercup spinning round a row of shaded yellow sapphires and spessartite garnets. Its petals are also fashioned from yellow sapphires, while a spessartite garnet represents a pistil. The buttercup engraved on the rear of the timepiece echoes the story of the dial.

Technical details

Case
Yellow gold case, 25mm diameter, bezel set with diamonds, spessartite garnets, yellow sapphires; yellow gold rotating charm, yellow sapphires, spessartite garnet
Case back: engraved gold echoing the emblematic flower of the dial

Dial
Mother-of-pearl, yellow gold, miniature painting in volume, miniature painting on sculpted mother-of-pearl, cabochonnéenamel, diamonds, spessartite garnets, yellow sapphires

Movement
Quartz movement

Bracelet
Interchangeable shiny green alligator bracelet, yellow gold pin buckle set with diamonds

Edition
Numbered edition

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaire Désir
Expressing all the desire of a new romance, the Charms Extraordinaire Désir watch is adorned with lilac – synonymous with young love – and crocuses blooming on the dial thanks to cabochonné enamel work. Three yellow gold threads delicately depict the pistil.

The lilac, in pink sapphires and amethysts, grows against a background of sculpted miniature painted mother-of-pearl. A symbol of happiness, a crocus also spins around the dial as a charm: its movement highlights the bezel’s gradation of pink and violet sapphires.

Technical details
Case
White gold case, 32mm diameter, bezel set with diamonds, pink and purple sapphires; white gold rotating charm, purple and yellow sapphires
Case back: engraved gold echoing the emblematic flower of the dial

Dial
mother-of-pearl, white gold, miniature painting in volume, miniature painting on sculpted mother-of-pearl, cabochonné enamel, pink sapphires, amethysts, yellow gold


Bracelet
Interchangeable shiny pink alligator bracelet, white gold pin buckle set with diamonds

Movement
Quartz movement

Edition
Numbered edition

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaire Amour
On this 38mm watch in pink gold, wallflower, forget-me-not and cyclamen symbolize memory, beauty and lasting sentiments. The timepiece highlights the craftsmen’s deft and intricate work that brings the dial to life. The cyclamens appear to be in motion thanks to the enchanting sculpture on painted mother-of-pearl.

Cabochonné enamel also bestows a sense of movement on the wallflowers. A pear-shaped pink sapphire represents a cyclamen bud. The flowers are framed by a gradation of pink sapphires, echoing the wallflower charm in pink sapphires and spessartite garnet.

Technical details
Case
Pink gold case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with diamonds, pink sapphires; pink gold rotating charm, pink sapphires, spessartite garnet
Case back: engraved gold echoing the emblematic flower of the dial

Dial
Mother-of-pearl, pink gold, miniature painting in volume, miniature painting on sculpted mother-of-pearl, cabochonné enamel, pear-shaped pink sapphire, yellow gold, yellow sapphires

Movement
Quartz movement

Bracelet
Interchangeable shiny red alligator bracelet, pink gold pin buckle with diamonds

Edition
Numbered edition

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

Van Cleef & Arpels – Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication

Six years after the launch of the Lady Arpels Jour Nuit model, Van Cleef & Arpels once again celebrates celestial orbits by drawing inspiration from the historic tradition of planetariums.

Much in vogue in the 18th century, these objects provided a three-dimensional representation of the solar system and the movement of the planets around the sun. Ancestors of modern planetariums, they were animated by hand or using clockwork mechanisms of great complexity. Now, Van Cleef & Arpels revisits this idea in the light of its own poetic imagination: the Midnight Planétarium timepiece offers a means of immortalizing one’s own lucky day in the universe, while admiring the course of the planets.

This new Poetic Complication timepiece provides a miniature representation of the movement of six planets around the sun and their position at any given time. Earth and Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – all visible from Earth with the naked eye – are set in motion thanks to a self-winding mechanical movement of great complexity: equipped with an exclusive module developed in partnership with the Maison Christiaan van der Klaauw, it contains 396 separate parts. The movement of each planet is true to its genuine length of orbit: it will take Saturn over 29 years to make a complete circuit of the dial, while Jupiter will take almost 12 years, Mars 687 days,  Earth 365 days, Venus 224 days and Mercury 88 days.

Telling the time is a simple question of observing the shooting star, a cherished lucky motif for the Maison. Located at the outer edge of the dial, it completes its circuit in 24 hours. The story continues on the back of the watch, where the oscillating weight is engraved with a starry composition. The day, month and year can be set using two push buttons and viewed through two apertures on the dial.

These various functions are accompanied by a poetic invitation to celebrate one’s own lucky day. Using a rotating bezel, the watch’s owner can select the day of his choice by positioning a red triangle against a graduated calendar. On that date, the Earth will move to a position directly below the star engraved on the sapphire crystal, as a sign of good luck.

The Maison has applied its jewelry-making expertise to depicting the planets with a selection of hard stones: turquoise for the Earth, serpentine for Mercury, chloromelanite for Venus, red jasper for Mars, blue agate for Jupiter and sugilite for Saturn. Intricately sculpted by hand into spheres of different dimensions and colors, they are positioned round a sun in pink gold. Each of these elements, along with the shooting star in pink gold, is fixed on its own aventurine disc.

With their scintillating deep blue hue, the latter are arranged around the center in perfectly concentric alignment.

Painstaking attention has been given to selecting the stones, then sculpting the discs and spheres in order to give form to this animated tableau, with its combination of jewellery and watchmaking savoir-faire.

Technical details
Model: Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication
-Pink gold case, 44mm diameter
-Dial: pink gold, aventurine, serpentine, chloromelanite, turquoise, red jasper, blue agate and sugilite
-Self-winding mechanical movement with a Christiaan van der Klaauw module developed exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels
-Black alligator bracelet, pink gold folding buckle
-Numbered edition
-Also available with diamonds: bezel set with baguette-cut diamonds and folding buckle set with round diamonds

About Poetic Astronomy Collection
With Poetic Astronomy, Van Cleef & Arpels pays homage to the emotion instilled by the dazzling spectacle of the heavens and stars. From the cycles of the sun and moon to the wonders of a starry night and the dreamlike patterns of the constellations, the marvels of the universe have inspired creations that combine the poetry of the spheres with the measurement of time. Initially evoked in the Maison’s Jewellery and High Jewellery pieces, the theme of stars and the cosmos spread to Watchmaking in 2008 with the Lady Arpels Jour Nuit and, later, the Midnight in Paris timepieces.

Since then, the Poetic Complications and Extraordinary Dials collections have been enriched by new creations that reinterpret themes dear to Van Cleef & Arpels such as symbols of luck and representations of the sky. By turning its gaze to the firmament, the Maison has given new form to its highly personal vision of time and space, with its suggestion of voyages and dreams.

Timepieces from Poetic Astronomy Collection
Lady Arpels Jour Nuit (2008)
Midnight in Paris (2008)
Lady Arpels Pegasus De la Terre à la Lune cabinet (2011)
Lady Arpels Cassiopeia De la Terre à la Lune cabinet (2011)
Lady Arpels Cygnus De la Terre à la Lune cabinet (2011)
Lady Arpels Pavo De la Terre à la Lune cabinet (2011)

Van Cleef & Arpels Extraordinary Dials Collection – Midnight Nuit Boréale and Nuit Australe

With the Extraordinary Dials collection, the watchmaker’s art is enhanced by that of the enameller, the engraver, the lapidary, the miniature painter and the stone-setter, among others. Each dial is crafted like a miniature picture and requires dozens of hours to complete. Treating a broad range of inspirations, traditional crafts combine to illustrate the creativity and excellence of the Maison. This year’s creations evoke the theme of Poetic Astronomy, unveiled at the SIHH 2014. From engraving on gold or mother-of-pearl to champlevé, vallonné and grisaille enamel, mother-of-pearl and hard stone marquetry and stone-setting, Van Cleef & Arpels breathes new life into these techniques to depict the poetry inherent in each dial.

Midnight Nuit Boréale and Nuit Australe
Objects of curiosity and fascination since ancient times, the constellations are at the heart of Van  Cleef  &  Arpels’ Poetic Astronomy. Sensitive to their evocative power, the Maison celebrates both their symbolism and the representations to which it has given rise over the years. Inspired by various eras, these two creations reflect the way in which mankind’s view of the heavens has evolved in line with its beliefs and discoveries.

Dedicated to the Northern hemisphere, the Midnight Nuit Boréale model is principally inspired by the gods and creatures of Greek mythology. The dragon alludes to the fearsome beast that watches over the Golden Fleece; the swan refers to Zeus’s disguise in his plan to seduce Leda; the female figure represents the proud and beautiful Cassiopeia, imprisoned on her throne. Lastly, legend has it that the Great Bear and the Little Bear evoke the nymph Callisto – transformed by Hera – and her son Arcas.

Devoted to the Southern hemisphere, the Midnight Nuit Australe model pays homage to the observations of scientists and explorers from the 16th to the 18th centuries. While the Swordfish and Toucan constellations are  inspired by the depictions of the Amsterdam astronomer and cartographer Petrus Plancius, the Telescope and Argo constellations – the latter including  Carina (the keel), Puppis (the poop deck) and Vela (the sails) – refer to the  work of the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille.

These two Extraordinary Dials timepieces are decorated using the grisaille  enameling technique, revived by Van  Cleef  &  Arpels for its Lady Arpels  Pont  des Amoureux model. Today, this rare process is applied to evoking maps of the sky and their astonishing constellations.

Developed in Limoges in the 16th century, grisaille enamel offers a means of creating dramatic plays of light and shadow using only two shades of enamel. For the first firing, the background is coated with a very dark layer of enamel and filed to perfect smoothness.  Using a brush or fine needle, he then draws  in the scenery – passing successively from the  lightest to the darkest areas – using a finely  ground white powdered enamel known as  ‘‘Blanc de Limoges’’. Over successive firings – some thirty in all for these pieces – subtle gradations appear, bathing the dial in a mysterious nocturnal glow.

The various stages of enameling call for about 70 hours of work on each of these dials. The Maison has recently introduced a new technique that enables it to be embellished with small stars, composed of carefully polished dots of yellow gold.

The story continues beyond the dial with an engraving on the back of the case: Polaris, the brightest star of the Little Bear, for the Midnight Nuit Boréale watch and Acrux, the brightest star in the Southern Cross constellation, for the Midnight Nuit Australe model.

To underline the exceptional character of these limited editions of 22 pieces, a cabinet adorned with sycamore and mother-of-pearl marquetry has been specially created to house both creations inside a prestigious case.

Technical details
Midnight Nuit Boréale Extraordinary Dial
-White gold case, 42mm diameter, crown set with an enamel cabochon
-Dial: grisaille enamel, yellow gold dots
-Self-winding mechanical movement
-Black alligator bracelet, white gold folding buckle
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

Midnight Nuit Australe Extraordinary Dial
-Pink gold case, 42mm diameter, crown set with an enamel cabochon
-Dial: grisaille enamel, yellow gold dots
-Self-winding mechanical movement
-Brown alligator bracelet, pink gold folding buckle
-Limited edition of 22 pieces

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

Van Cleef & Arpels – Pierre Arpels Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs

Created in 1949, the Pierre Arpels watch has epitomized Van Cleef & Arpels’ vision of masculinity. A perfect blend of sophistication and understatement, it is notable for an exceptionally thin case held by two unobtrusive central attachments. In 2012, the Maison reinterpreted this icon of watchmaking and has since enriched the collection with new models that reflect Pierre Arpels’ way of life. An aesthete, designer and businessman, Estelle Arpels’ nephew was also a socialite and a traveler: two facets to which Van Cleef & Arpels pays homage at the SIHH 2014.

Pierre Arpels Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs
With this new Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs timepiece, the Maison presents an understated and poetic interpretation of travel – the way that Pierre Arpels appreciated it. Inspired by the curiosity for the cultures of the world that has characterized Van Cleef & Arpels since its foundation; he crisscrossed the globe in response to the orders of the Maison’s leading customers. One notable example occurred in 1966, when Van Cleef & Arpels was chosen to produce the crown jewels for the Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran, whose coronation was to take place the following year. Over the course of six months, Pierre Arpels made 24 journeys to Tehran, during which he carefully selected stones from the National Treasury – held in the Central Bank of Iran – and then installed a veritable workshop in the Treasury building. He also journeyed to India, where he roamed the country with his brother Claude, in search of the most beautiful precious stones.

Today, the Maison has striven to express this vision of Elsewhere while respecting the timeless aesthetic characteristics of the Pierre Arpels collection: lines of exceptional purity, the thin case held by central attachments and the piqué motif at the center of the dial, evoking both a black-tie shirtfront and the Van Cleef & Arpels hallmark.

This new creation also displays other stylistic elements typical of the Maison, such as asymmetry – often found in its jewelry pieces – and the cursive script for the name of the watch, paying homage to the poetry of words.The same quest for elegance is apparent in the single crown, which provides a means of winding the movement and setting both the minutes and the two time zones, while illuminating the case’s circle with a diamond.

For the first time, the Pierre Arpels collection welcomes a dual time complicated watch, reflecting Van Cleef & Arpels Poetry of Time. Developed in partnership with Agenhor (Atelier Genevois d’Horlogerie), this exclusive self-winding movement is distinguished by its double jumping hour and minute retrograde display. The hour that acts as the reference – displayed in the aperture at the top of the dial – and the hour of the second time zone that appears in the lower aperture both jump at the same time, thanks to a single sector that synchronizes the two hour discs and the retrograde minute hand.

When the latter reaches 60 minutes on the graduated scale, it returns to its starting position at the same instant that the hour display changes.In order to maintain the thinness of the case – a distinguishing feature of the Pierre Arpels collection – the automatic movement is equipped with a platinum micro-rotor that takes up remarkably little space. By oscillating in two directions, it can supply energy continuously. The movement, which is visible through a sapphire crystal, is adorned with a snailed pattern on the bridges, the Van Cleef & Arpels hallmark and a blue lacquered design on the micro-rotor that echoes the piquémotif on the dial.

Technical details
Model: Pierre Arpels Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs
-White gold case, 42mm diameter, crown set with a diamond
-Dial: white lacquer with piqué motif
-Self-winding mechanical movement developed by Agenhor in exclusivity for Van  Cleef & Arpels with double jumping hour and retrograde minute
-Black alligator bracelet, white gold pin buckle

Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels Platine

When Pierre Arpels created his own watch in 1949, it was designed to accompany whatever he might be wearing – from morning to night, on ordinary days and at special occasions alike. A man of the world, Pierre Arpels had a taste for receptions, where his charm and natural elegance stood out. In 1960, a party was held at the Place Vendôme boutique to celebrate the acquisition of an exceptional pink diamond weighing 34.64 carats. At this occasion, he presented the stone to the Maharani of Baroda and her son, in whose honor the diamond was named ‘‘Princie’’. A perfect host in Paris, Pierre Arpels also took part in the social life of the Côte d’Azur, where Van Cleef & Arpels had branches in Cannes and Monaco.

From premieres at the Cannes Film Festival to gala evenings in Monte Carlo, his watch accompanied him with exquisite refinement and discretion.

An iconic timepiece from Van Cleef & Arpels, the Pierre Arpels watch takes on a very exclusive aspect in this brand new platinum version. The rare and unchanging metal forms an elegant contrast to the black lacquered dial, evoking the masculine dress code for the smartest receptions. The collection’s emblematic piqué motif, inspired by black-tie shirtfronts, appears within this perfect circle, while the slightly raised roman numerals, hour markers and hands stand out like strokes of light.

In diameters of 38mm or 42mm, this creation is available with or without baguette-cut diamonds. Set into the bezel, this glittering line completes the ensemble and expresses the sophistication of magical evenings in the noblest of materials.

Pierre Arpels Platine
-Platinum case, 38mm diameter, crown set with a round diamond

 -Dial: black lacquer with piqué motif
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Black alligator bracelet, platinum pin buckle

Pierre Arpels Platine
-Platinum case, 38mm diameter, bezel set with round and baguette cut diamonds, crown set with a round diamond

 -Dial: black lacquer with piqué motif
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Black alligator bracelet, platinum pin buckle set with round diamonds

Pierre Arpels Platine
-Platinum case, 42mm diameter, bezel set with round and baguette cut diamonds, crown set with a round diamond

-Dial: black lacquer with piqué motif
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Black alligator bracelet, platinum pin buckle set with round diamonds

Pierre Arpels Platine
-Platinum case, 42mm diameter, crown set with a round diamond

-Dial: black lacquer with piqué motif
-Manual-winding mechanical movement
-Black alligator bracelet, platinum pin buckle

Van Cleef & Arpels – Charms Gold

One of Van Cleef & Arpels’ icons of watchmaking, the Charms timepiece is distinguished by its curved silhouette embellished with a lucky charm. Echoing the charms created by the Maison from the 1920s onwards, it accompanies the movements of the wrist by spinning lightly round the case. Encouraged by this joyful dance, each day becomes a moment of luck, filled with sparkling hours. Previously available in different versions set with diamonds, the Charms watch this year reveals the full purity of its lines with the new Charms Gold models.

With the Charms Gold watches, the Maison celebrates the harmonious radiance of pink gold, which features prominently in the Alhambra™ and Perlée™ jewellery collections. With its suggestion of tender feelings, the delicately polished pink gold gently reflects the light and contributes a warm feminine sheen to the creations.

In 2014, the Maison is unveiling three Charms Gold models in pink gold (in Mini, S and M sizes), embellished by details of rare refinement. Following in the aesthetic tradition of the Charms collection, the dazzling white lacquered dial is adorned with a guillochéeffect that echoes the motif of the rotating charm.

The bezel combines both traditional polishing and a satin-finish effect to create subtle plays of light. Finally, the arabesques of Van Cleef & Arpels appear engraved in English calligraphy on the rim of the case, like a precious signature.

Technical details
Charms Gold Collection
-Pink gold case, available in 3 sizes: Mini (25mm), S (32mm), M (38mm), rotating charm in pink gold, crown set with a round diamond
-Dial: guilloché effect on white lacquer
-Quartz movement
-Black satin bracelet, pink gold pin buckle

Van Cleef & Arpels – Lady Arpels Une journée à Monaco (Lady Arpels a Day in Monaco) – Unique Piece for Only Watch 2013

Legendary high jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels supports the “Only Watch” 2013 charity event in Monaco by donating a unique and  exceptional timepiece,  Lady Arpels Une journée à Monaco (Lady Arpels a day in Monaco).

The fifth edition of “Only Watch”, the prestigious auction charity auction will be held at the Hotel Hermitage Monaco on 28 Sep 13, under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. To support research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, funds raised will be donated to the Monegasque Association against Myopathies, organizer of the event with the Antiquorum auction house and the Monaco Yacht Show. For the fourth year, true to its commitments, Van Cleef & Arpels creates the opportunity for a unique piece that illustrates perfectly the philosophy of the house while telling its attachment to Monaco.

The excellence of watchmaking expertise of Van Cleef & Arpels and the vision of the Poetry of Time ™, dear to the house, and are gathered to celebrate the treasures of the Principality and give birth to the Lady Arpels Une journée à Monaco (Lady Arpels a day in Monaco).

After « Une journée à Paris »(“A Day in Paris”), a tribute to monuments Paris, Van Cleef & Arpels   makes a new Poetic ™ complication that fits well in creative philosophy of Van Cleef & Arpels.  Inspired from the vibrant life of Monaco, the Lady Arpels a day in Monaco unique edition  is dressed in blue and white with white gold, diamonds and precious stones, range both celestial and aquatic feature of the Cote d’Azur.

On a bright line, is drawn on the face of a turquoise panoramic view of Monaco. In turn, will reveal the famous Rock dominated by the Prince’s Palace, the vegetation represented by two palm trees, but also the iconic Fontvieille harbor, or a ship sailing away. The sea is omnipresent, has existed through the waves Bounding engraved on the cap shell and the back of the case. In the center of the dial, a rotating disc made of lapis lazuli recalls intense blue of the Mediterranean, which reflects over hours, the sun or the moon.

Through this watch, Van Cleef & Arpels also makes a subtle tribute to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, very involved in the research and protection of marine species, and the special relationship that the Principality has maintained always with the sea. A mother and daughter walk and live happy moments in Monaco and their silhouettes emerge from the dial. The bezel set with diamonds, encircles and protects the charming picture.

Van Cleef & Arpels Poetic Complication® Five Weeks in a Balloon

The latest addition to Van Cleef & Arpel horology collection is, the ” Poetic Complication® Five Weeks in a Balloon”. Recently introduced at SIHH 2011, this master complication timepiece is inspired by the Jules Verne novel, Les Voyages Extraordinaires. The dial, decorated with champlevé enamel and inlaid with mother of-pearl, depicts a hot air ballon rising into the air of Zanzibar.

The hours and minutes are indicated by the retograde movement of the balloon’s anchor and a bird in flight. Conceived by the vibrant imagination of Van Cleef & Arpels, the Poetic Complication watches reveal an original approach to High Watchmaking. Merging the rigour required in complicated movements with the creative virtuosity of the Maison’s craftsmen brings an intimate extra dimension to these precious watches – time that beats to the pulse of happiness and emotion. The Van Cleef & Arpels Poetic Complication® Five Weeks in a Balloon is available in white gold case and comes in numbered edition.

Features
– White gold case
– Dial : chamlevé enamel and mother-of-pearl
– Engraving on the caseback
– Alligator strap
– White gold buckle
– Mechanical movement,
– Retrograde Hours and Minutes
– Numbered edition.

Van Cleef & Arpels Timeless Collection

Van Cleef & Arpels has always been inspired by oval shapes. With Timeless, the jeweler is reinterpreting feminine curves. Sinuous and refined, the harmony of this watch rests on its simple lines that evoke great contemporary designs.

The suppleness of the bracelet made with fine rectangular links makes this watch extremely comfortable to wear. The ultimate signature of a jewelry piece, the crown has a good-luck charm in the shape of a briolette-cut diamond.

Its decisively minimalist white mother-of-pearl dial has only two hands and a signature. Set with brilliant or baguette-cut diamonds, Timeless can be worn for any occasion, day and night, to display the sensuality of an ultra-feminine watch.

Model 1
White mother-of-pearl dial
White gold and diamonds oval case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Dimensions : 24 x 30 mm
White gold and diamonds bracelet
Folding buckle
383 diamonds ~ 8.50 cts
Quartz movement

Model 2
Briolette diamond charms
White mother-of-pearl dial
White gold and baguette diamonds oval case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Dimensions : 24 x 30 mm
White gold and baguette diamonds bracelet
Folding buckle
185 diamonds ~ 15.50 cts
Quartz movement

Model 3
Briolette diamond charms
White mother-of-pearl dial
White gold and baguette diamonds oval case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Dimensions : 24 x 30 mm
Satin strap
Pin buckle
74 diamonds ~ 3 cts
Quartz movement

Model 4
White mother-of-pearl dial
White gold and diamonds oval case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Dimensions : 24 x 30 mm
Satin strap
Pin buckle
80 diamonds ~ 1.50 cts
Quartz movement

Van Cleef & Arpels Montres Haute Joaillerie Collection

Jewelry-making and watch-making, are two crafts and two skills that have been beautifully brought together under the mastery of Van Cleef & Arpels. The great jewelry themes (nature, couture, asymmetry) are perfectly displayed in these timepieces. Meticulous attention has been paid to the selection, pairing and setting of the gemstones, as well as to the development of assembly techniques for the links and the ingenious clasp systems.
This exceptional work is in perfect harmony with the brilliance of our master watchmakers who design movements, mechanisms and complications that blend in with these sometimes unique, but always exceptional pieces. For Van Cleef & Arpels, this desire to innovate and this bold creativity are always mastered and put at the service of perfection.

Model Details:

Fox-Trot
White mother-of-pearl dial
White gold case and diamonds
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
White gold bracelet set with diamonds
Jeweler clasp
107 diamonds ~ 14.50 cts
Quartz movement

Allegria
Silvered dial
White gold case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
White gold bracelet set with diamonds
Jeweler clasp
80 diamonds ~ 9 cts
Power reserve : 33 hours
Mechanical movement

Dentelle
Diamonds paved dial
White gold case paved with diamonds
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
White gold bracelet set with diamonds
Jeweler clasp
776 diamonds ~ 8.50 cts
Quartz movement

Farandole
Diamonds paved dial
White gold and diamonds case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
White gold bracelet set with diamonds
Jeweler clasp
316 diamonds ~ 41.50 cts
Quartz movement

Folie des Prés
White mother-of-pearl dial
White gold case paved with diamonds,pink and mauve sapphires
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Diameter : 23 mm
White gold bracelet set with diamonds,pink and mauve sapphires
Jeweler clasp
149 diamonds ~ 5.50 cts and 88 sapphires ~ 17 cts
Quartz movement

Folie des Prés
White mother-of-pearl dial
White gold and diamonds case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Diameter : 23 mm
White gold bracelet set with diamonds
Jeweler clasp
236 diamonds ~ 17 cts
Quartz movement

Bella
White mother-of-pearl and diamonds dial
White gold and baguette diamonds case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Diameter : 42 mm
White gold bracelet set with diamonds and emerald pebbles
Jeweler clasp
128 diamonds ~ 11.50 cts and 37 emeralds ~ 60.50 cts
Mechanical movement

Atlantide
White mother-of-pearl,sapphires and diamonds dial
White gold and diamonds case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Diameter : 36 mm
White gold bracelet set with diamonds and sapphires
Jeweler clasp
147 diamonds ~ 6.50 cts and sapphires ~ 8 cts
Quartz movement

Van Cleef & Arpels Watches – Mr Arpels

All of Van Cleef & Arpels’ watch-making know-how has been recognized in this collection exclusively for men. The manufactured Swiss mechanical movements vie with each other for ingenuity to display their complications, like this surprising technical feat which allows you to read the power reserve through a window on the side of the case. Connoisseurs will appreciate Mr. Arpels Alarm GMT for the purity of the ring and the hand’s design.
The generous size of the dial (from 39 to 42 mm) endows the different models with a panoramic view of the times and complications such as the retrograde date function, the dual time function or the lateral power reserve indicator. Each detail matters in this sporty chic collection, one of the most sought after designs by those who love fine watch-making.

Technical details
1. Mr Arpels Latérale

  • White lacquer dial. Pink gold case with power reserve on the side. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Diameter : 40 mm. Brown alligator strap. Pink gold folding buckle. Power reserve : 42 hours. Mechanical movement
  • White lacquer dial. Steel case with power reserve on the side. Sapphire crystal.Water-resistant to 3 ATM.Diameter : 40 mm. Black alligator strap. Steel folding buckle. Power reserve : 42 hours. Mechanical movement
  • White lacquer dial. Steel case with power reserve on the side. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Diameter : 40 mm. Steel bracelet. Steel folding buckle. Power reserve : 42 hours. Mechanical movement

2. Mr Arpels Réveil GMT

  • White mother-of-pearl dial. Pink gold case. Sapphire crystal.Water-resistant to 3 ATM Diameter : 42 mm. Brown alligator strap. Pink gold folding buckle. Power reserve : 44 hours. Automatic movement with alarm,GMT and retrograde dates functions
  • Black lacquer dial. Pink gold case. Sapphire crystal.Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Diameter : 42 mm. Brown alligator bracelet. Pink gold folding buckle. Power reserve : 44 hours. Automatic movement with alarm, GMT and retrograde dates functions
  • White mother-of-pearl and lacquer dial. Steel case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Diameter : 42 mm. Steel bracelet. Steel folding buckle. Power reserve : 44 hours. Automatic movement with alarm,GMT and retrograde dates functions
  • Black lacquer dial. Steel case. Sapphire crystal.Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Diameter : 42 mm. Black alligator bracelet. Steel folding buckle. Power reserve : 44 hours. Automatic movement with alarm, GMT and retrograde dates functions

Van Cleef & Arpels Complications Poétiques Homme

The art of bringing life to a dial, the jeweler’s sensitivity, aesthetic and technical watch-making prowess. Van Cleef & Arpels has channelled their exceptional know-how towards masculine elegance. Thanks to unique mechanisms and their mastery over precious materials such as the aventurine glass natural mother-of-pearl and baguette-cut diamonds, the craftsmen at Van Cleef & Arpels have created limited edition timepieces.

The crowning achievement of their aesthetic and technical brilliance, some of the pieces contain a visible tourbillon adorned with a Vendôme column, one of the slimmest in the world.Nothing is left to chance in these creations.

Even the back of the watch has been carefully thought out, a slice of genuine meteorites, (Midnight in Paris) and a calendar function can be found.

Technical details

1. Midnight Tourbillon Jardins Suspendus 

  • Enamel and diamonds dial
  • Platinum and diamonds case
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Water-resistant to 3 ATM
  • Diameter : 42 mm
  • Black alligator strap
  • Diamonds paved folding buckle
  • 356 diamonds ~ 8.05 cts
  • Unique piece
  • Power reserve : 40 hours
  • Mechanical tourbillon movement

2. Midnight Tourbillon Lac

  • Mother-of-pearl inlay dial
  • Platinum case
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Water-resistant to 3 ATM
  • Diameter : 42 mm
  • Black alligator strap
  • Diamonds paved folding buckle
  • 130 diamonds ~ 7.52 cts
  • Unique piece
  • Power reserve : 40 hours
  • Mechanical tourbillon movement

3. Midnight Tourbillon Cashmere

  • 3 dimensional enamel dial
  • Platinum and baguette diamonds case
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Water-resistant to 3 ATM
  • Diameter : 42 mm
  • Black alligator strap
  • Diamonds paved folding buckle
  • 130 diamonds ~ 7.52 cts
  • Unique piece
  • Power reserve : 40 hours
  • Mechanical tourbillon movement

4. Midnight in Paris

  • Rotative (365 days) aventurine dial indicating the position of the stars in the Paris sky
  • White gold and baguette diamonds case with officer back
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Water-resistant to 3 ATM
  • Diameter : 42 mm
  • Sapphire back with calendar and meteorite
  • Black alligator strap
  • White gold pin buckle
  • 96 diamonds ~ 7 cts
  • Power reserve : 33 hours
  • Mechanical movement

5. Midnight Tourbillon Exclusive

  • Baguette diamonds dial with sunburst effect
  • White gold and baguette diamonds paved case
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Water-resistant to 3 ATM
  • Diameter : 42 mm
  • Black alligator strap
  • Diamonds paved folding buckle
  • 455 diamonds ~ 30.50 cts
  • Limited edition
  • Power reserve : 40 hours
  • Mechanical tourbillon movement

6. Midnight in Paris

  • Rotative (365 days) aventurine dial indicating the position of the stars in the Paris sky
  • Pink gold case with officer back
  • Sapphire back with calendar and meteorite
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Water-resistant to 3 ATM
  • Diameter : 42 mm
  • Brown alligator strap
  • Pink gold pin buckle
  • Power reserve : 33 hours
  • Mechanical movement

Van Cleef & Arpels Complications Poétiques Femme

Born from the imagination of Van Cleef & Arpels and created to enhance the beauty of gestures and to trigger perpetual wonder, the concept of a poetic complication has endowed fine watch-making with a new dimension. In this spirit, technical complexity is at the service of aesthetics. Behind each curved-out mirror, characters come alive as if by magic, motifs are created; they evolve or change according to the time or seasons.

Each dial is thus transformed into a scene from a fairytale. This enchanting interpretation of time offers hand-enamelled and hand-painted design upon which to read time. These sublime showcases marry various themes: fairies, stars, seasons, designed by Van Cleef & Arpels’ master watch-makers and jewelers.

Lady Arpels Féérie


Models

1. Lady Arpels Opéra
Enamel rotative (365 days) dial.White gold and diamonds case. Sapphire crystal.Water resistant to 3 ATM. Diameter : 38 mm. Satin strap. Diamonds paved pin buckle. 183 diamonds ~ 2.75 cts. Power reserve : 33 hours. Mechanical movement.

2. Midnight Tourbillon
Caresse d’Eole. Enamel dial guilloché and diamonds.Platinum case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Diameter : 42 mm. Black alligator strap. Diamonds paved folding buckle. 154 diamonds ~ 7.76 cts.Unique piece. Power reserve : 40 hours. Mechanical tourbillon movement.

3. Lady Arpels Océanide
Rotative (365 days) enamel dial. White gold and diamonds case. Sapphire crystal. Water resistant to 3 ATM. Diameter : 36 mm. Satin strap. Diamonds paved pin buckle. 182 diamonds ~ 2.50 cts. Power reserve : 33 hours. Mechanical movement.

4. Lady Arpels Féérie
Enamel dial guilloché with diamonds. White gold and diamonds case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Diameter : 38 mm. Satin strap. Diamonds paved pin buckle. 183 diamonds ~ 2.75 cts. Power reserve : 39 hours. Mechanical retrograde movement.

5. Lady Arpels Jour et Nuit
Rotative (24 hours) aventurine dial set with yellow sapphires and diamonds. White gold and diamonds case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Diameter : 38 mm. Blue alligator bracelet. Diamonds paved pin buckle – 55 sapphires ~ 0.26 ct and  306 diamonds ~ 5.50 cts.Power reserve : 72 hours. Automatic movement

Van Cleef & Arpels Secret Watches

Who would have guessed at first glance that a watch could animate jewelry creations? Each one of these concealed watches keeps the time away from prying eyes, just like a precious secret. In this stylistic composition, the art of the setting testifies to the jeweler’s skill, with the miniaturization and precision of the decor pushed to their limits.
On the upper part of the curved case, Van Cleef & Arpels has expressed its full creative force by designing adornments on enamel, deep lacquer or mother-of-pearl backgrounds. Thanks to an ingenious mechanism, a sliding drawer opens when a diamond-set charms is pulled. This reveals one or two white mother of pearl dials for a dual time function.

MODEL DETAILS:

1. Secret Duo Caresse d’Eole
1 blue lacquer dial and 1 white mother-of-pearl dial
White gold, diamonds and blue lacquer case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Dimensions : 40 x 24 mm
Satin strap
White gold and diamonds buckle
269 diamonds ~ 4 cts
Dual time function
with 2 quartz movements

2. Secret Tuileries
White mother-of-pearl dial
White gold and diamonds case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Dimensions : L 37 x w 21 x h 10 mm
Satin strap
White gold and diamonds buckle
311 diamonds ~ 2.90 cts
Quartz movement

3. Secret Miroir des Eaux
White mother-of-pearl dial
Diamonds, onyx and white mother-of pearl inlay, white gold case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Dimensions : L 28 x w 17 x h 9 mm
Satin strap
White gold and diamonds buckle
131 diamonds ~ 2.51 cts
Quartz movement

4. Secret Duo Amphitrite
1 black lacquer dial and 1 white mother-of-pearl dial
Pink gold, diamonds and black lacquer case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Dimensions : 40 x 24 mm
Satin strap
Pink gold and diamonds buckle
243 diamonds ~ 7 cts
Dual time function
with 2 quartz movements

5. Secret Dentelle
White mother-of-pearl dial
White gold case with diamonds
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Dimensions : L 28 x w 17 x h 9 mm
Satin strap
White gold and diamonds buckle
253 diamonds ~ 2.30 cts
Quartz movement

6. Secret Pavée YELLOW GOLD
White mother-of-pearl dial
Yellow gold and diamonds case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Dimensions : L 28 x w 17 x h 9 mm
Satin strap
Yellow gold and diamonds buckle
228 diamonds ~ 3.74 cts
Quartz movement

7. Secret Pavée WHITE GOLD
White mother-of-pearl dial
White gold and diamonds case
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM
Dimensions : L 28 x w 17 x h 9 mm
Satin strap
White gold and diamonds buckle
228 diamonds ~ 3.74 cts
Quartz movement

Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Vintage Collection

Some motifs, like the Alhambra, are part of Van Cleef & Arpels’ legacy and with time, have become signatures of the House. This good-luck charm, reinterpreted by Van Cleef & Arpels jewelers, has been one of the favorite sources of inspiration.

This watch collection continues to surprise and reinvent itself with materials such as onyx and white and grey mother-of-pearl. The strap’s fluidity, the combination of precious materials, mother-of-pearl, yellow or white gold surrounded by round bead setting and diamonds are all reminiscent of the sets from the jewelry collection.

Model variations:

  • 1. White mother-of-pearl dial. Yellow gold case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Dimensions: 29 x 29 mm.Onyx, white and grey mother-of-pearl. Alhambra clover bracelet. Jeweler clasp. Quartz movement.
  • 2. Onyx dial. Yellow gold case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM.Dimensions: 29 x 29 mm. Onyx Alhambra clover bracelet. Jeweler clasp. Quartz movement.
  • 3. White mother-of-pearl dial. Yellow gold case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Dimensions: 29 x 29 mm.White mother-of-pearl Alhambra. Clover bracelet. Jeweler clasp. Quartz movement.
  • 4. White mother-of-pearl dial. White gold case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Dimensions: 29 x 29 mm. White mother-of-pearl Alhambra. Clover bracelet. Jeweler clasp. Quartz movement.
  • 5. White mother-of-pearl dial. White gold case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Dimensions: 29 x 29 mm. Satin strap. Pin buckle. Quartz movement.
  • 6. White mother-of-pearl dial. Yellow gold and diamonds case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Dimensions: 25 x 25 mm. Satin strap. Pin buckle.44 diamonds ~ 0.60 ct.Quartz movement.
  • 7. Onyx dial. Yellow gold case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Dimensions: 29 x 29 mm. Satin strap. Pin buckle. Quartz movement.
  • 8. White mother-of-pearl dial. White gold and diamonds case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Dimensions: 25 x 25 mm.Satin strap. Pin buckle.44 diamonds ~ 0.60 ct.Quartz movement

Van Cleef & Arpels Fleurette Collection

A contrast between black and white, between what is infinitely simple and infinitely precious, the fleurette collection plays with patterns of jewelry motifs. On either side of the curved case, two flowers made with seven brilliant-cut diamonds perfectly mold to the shape of the wrist and seem to rest on the black satin strap.

To fully showcase the size of the dial and highlight its curves, the jeweler used the black or white lacquer technique and paired exceptionally pure diamonds. In its jewelry version, a bracelet entirely diamond set in an open work motif mirrors the floral motif of the case. Van Cleef & Arpels’ emblematic motifs suggest that nothing can resist to the timeless charm of the House’s great classics.

Model Variations

  • Model 1: White mother-of-pearl dial. White gold and diamonds square case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Dimensions: 28 x 27 mm. Satin strap. White gold and diamonds pin buckle. 80 diamonds ~ 2.50 cts. Quartz movement.
  • Model 2: Black lacquer dial. White gold and diamonds square case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Dimensions: 28 x 27 mm. Satin strap. White gold and diamonds pin buckle. 80 diamonds ~ 2.50 cts. Quartz movement.
  • Model 3: White mother-of-pearl dial. White gold and diamonds rectangular case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Dimensions: 24 x 40 mm. Satin strap. White gold and diamonds pin buckle. 90 diamonds ~ 2 cts. Quartz movement.
  • Model 4: Black lacquer dial. White gold and diamonds rectangular case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Dimensions: 24 x 40 mm. Satin strap. White gold and diamonds pin buckle. 90 diamonds ~ 2 cts. Quartz movement.
  • Fleurette Haute Joaillerie Model: White mother-of-pearl dial. Platinum and diamonds rectangular case. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 ATM. Dimensions: 25 x 27 mm. Platinum and diamonds bracelet. Jeweler clasp. 209 diamonds ~ 22.50 cts. Quartz movement.

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Watch Collection

Parisian Jewellery house Van cleef & Arpels presents Lady Arpels watch collection. In this collection, curves and straight lines define a frame in which anything is possible. Directly emerging from high jewelry collections, the marqueted mother-of-pearl butterfly or the lace motifs express the quintessence of the House’s know-how.

Here, the setting of the indices and the lacework of the diamonds are expressed on a white mother-of-pearl dial or over a deep black lacquer background, revealing the pure genius of the jeweler. Sometimes, the beauty of a watch comes from a simple detail. Each model from this collection beautifully testifies to this.

Model details: Lady Arpels Watch Collection

Lady Arpels Papillon


Model 1: White mother-of-pearl and diamonds dial; White gold and diamonds round case;Sapphire crystal; Water-resistant to 3 ATM; Diameter : 36 mm; Satin strap; White gold and diamonds pin buckle; 111 diamonds ~ 2.49 cts; Quartz movement.

Model 2: White mother-of-pearl and diamonds dial; White gold and diamonds square case; Sapphire crystal; Water-resistant to 3 ATM; Dimensions : 25 x 25 mm; Satin strap; White gold and diamonds pin buckle; 57 diamonds ~ 1.67 cts; Quartz movement.

Model 3: White mother-of-pearl and diamonds dial; White gold and diamonds square case; Sapphire crystal; Water-resistant to 3 ATM; Dimensions : 25 x 25 mm; White gold and diamonds bracelet; Paved folding buckle; 795 diamonds ~ 5 cts; Quartz movement.

Model 4: White mother-of-pearl and diamonds dial; Yellow gold round case; Sapphire crystal; Water-resistant to 3 ATM; Diameter : 36 mm; Satin strap; Yellow gold pin buckle; 7 diamonds ~ 0.07 ct; Quartz movement.

Model 5: White mother-of-pearl and diamonds dial; Yellow gold rectangular case; Sapphire crystal; Water-resistant to 3 ATM; Dimensions : 27 x 34 mm; Satin strap; Yellow gold pin buckle; 7 diamonds ~ 0.07 ct; Quartz movement.

Classique Arpels


Model1: Black mother-of-pearl and diamonds dial; White gold and diamonds rectangular case; Sapphire crystal; Water-resistant to 3 ATM; Dimensions : 27 x 34 mm; Satin strap; White gold and diamonds pin buckle; 184 diamonds ~ 2.24 cts; Quartz movement.

Model 2: White mother-of-pearl and diamonds dial; Yellow gold tonneau case; Sapphire crystal; Water-resistant to 3 ATM; Dimensions : 26 x 33 mm; Satin strap; Yellow gold pin buckle; 95 diamonds ~ 0.18 ct; Quartz movement.

Lady Arpels Dentelle


Model 1: Black lacquer and diamonds dial; White gold and diamonds round case; Sapphire crystal;Water-resistant to 3 ATM; Diameter : 36 mm; Satin strap; White gold and diamonds pin buckle; 205 diamonds ~ 2.70 cts; Quartz movement.

Model 2: Black lacquer and diamonds dial; White gold and diamonds tonneau case; Sapphire crystal; Water-resistant to 3 ATM; Dimensions : 26 x 33 mm; Satin strap; White gold and diamonds pin buckle; 164 diamonds ~ 2.30 cts; Quartz movement.

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Collection

Paris Jewellery & Watchmaker Van Cleef & Arpels has imagined its newest watch collection based on a jeweler’s fancy. Classical yet surprising, the watch is adorned with its inseparable diamond-set Alhambra good luck charms, free to turn infinitely around the dial. Its harmonious shape comes from the generous curves of thewatch and the highly-refined details.

The guilloché dial with a sun burst effect highlights the purity of the simple baton hands, adding a touch of glamour to this ultra-feminine creation. Available in white or pink gold, signed on the side of the case, set with two rows of diamonds or fully pavé, the Charms watch is available in two sizes and has an ingenious interchangeable strap system.

Model Variations
Model 1: Pink gold and diamonds Alhambra charms.Silvered dial guilloché.Pink gold case set with 2 rows of diamonds.Sapphire crystal.Water-resistant to 3 ATM.Diameter : 38 mm.Interchangeable satin strap.Pink gold pin buckle.212 diamonds ~ 1.18 cts. Quartz movement.

Model 2: Pink gold and diamonds Alhambra charms.Silvered dial guilloché.Pink gold case paved with diamonds.Sapphire crystal.Water-resistant to 3 ATM.Diameter : 38 mm. Interchangeable satin strap. Pink gold and diamonds pin buckle.311 diamonds ~ 3 cts. Quartz movement.

Model 3: Pink gold and diamonds Alhambra charms.Silvered dial guilloché.Pink gold case paved with diamonds.Sapphire crystal.Water-resistant to 3 ATM.Diameter : 32 mm. Interchangeable satin strap. Pink gold and diamonds pin buckle.262 diamants ~ 1.96 cts.Quartz movement.

Model 4: Pink gold and diamonds Alhambra charms.Silvered dial guilloché.Pink gold case set with 2 rows of diamonds.Sapphire crystal.Water-resistant to 3 ATM.Diameter : 32 mm.Interchangeable satin strap.Pink gold pin buckle.168 diamonds ~ 0.68 ct. Quartz movement.

Model 5: White gold and diamonds Alhambra charms.Silvered dial guilloché.White gold case paved with diamonds.Sapphire crystal.Water-resistant to 3 ATM.Diameter : 38 mm. Interchangeable satin strap.White gold and diamonds pin buckle.311 diamonds ~ 3 cts. Quartz movement.

Model 6: White gold and diamonds Alhambra charms.Silvered dial guilloché.White gold case set with 2 rows of diamonds.Sapphire crystal.Water-resistant to 3 ATM.Diameter : 38 mm.Interchangeable satin strap.White gold pin buckle.212 diamonds ~ 1.18 cts. Quartz movement.

Model 7: White gold and diamonds Alhambra charms.Silvered dial guilloché.White gold case paved with diamonds.Sapphire crystal.Water-resistant to 3 ATM.Diameter : 32 mm. Interchangeable satin strap.White gold and diamonds pin buckle.262 diamonds ~ 1.96 cts.Quartz movement.

Model 8: White gold and diamonds Alhambra charms.Silvered dial guilloché.White gold case set with 2 rows of diamonds.Sapphire crystal.Water-resistant to 3 ATM.Diameter : 32 mm.Interchangeable satin strap.White gold pin buckle.168 diamonds ~ 0.68 ct. Quartz movement.