Jan 13, 2016
Van Cleef & Arpels sets butterflies in motion for the SIHH 2016 watchmaking trade show
Jan 13, 2016
With the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie), Geneva's fine watchmaking trade fair, taking place January 18-22, just around the corner, jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels has once again paired master craftsmanship with an enchanting scene in the "Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons" timepiece. This latest addition to the brand's "Poetic Creations" collection is a veritable ode to nature, with a watch face adorned with moving butterflies.
Butterflies have been a recurring theme for the French luxury brand since the 1920s. These delicate winged insects have once again provided inspiration for Van Cleef & Arpels, just in time for the SIHH 2016 international fine watchmaking trade fair, due to open in Geneva in a few days' time.
Master watchmaking sets the pace for a winged ballet
Behind the delicate scene depicted on the watch face, a unique mechanism has been developed exclusively for this watch, based on a retrograde hour hand, variable-speed minutes and on-demand movement. It's a real feat of watchmaking, combining the meticulous work of master watchmakers and highly skilled craftspeople.
This mastery makes for a graceful scene, with three colorful butterflies looping around the dial in a winged ballet. Minutes are tracked by the butterflies' loops between the clouds, while the hour is shown by a swallow pointing to the corresponding number with the tip of a wing.
The scene on this exceptional model can also move on demand. At the simple press of a button, admirers can watch the butterflies fly around the clouds in a 13-second sequence.
Engravers, setters, enamelist, gem-cutters and miniature painting specialists have all worked hand in hand to create this poetic dial.
The "Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons" watch has a 38mm-diameter white-gold case with a diamond-encrusted bezel and crown. The dial is finished in mother of pearl, engraved white gold, and features intricate miniature painting. The watch is paired with an alligator strap with a white gold pin buckle set with diamonds. It has a 42-hour power reserve.
Van Cleef & Arpels has a patent pending on the watch mechanism.
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