Each year, with its Extraordinary Dials™ novelties, Van Cleef & Arpels presents an enchanting interpretation of the passage of time. They have included landscapes from across the world, twinkling constellations, lucky motifs and – this year – twirling butterflies and kites. Reflections of the Maison's fertile imagination, each new scene is brought to life by the gestures of skilled craftsmen.
Within the space of a single dial, traditional crafts combine to create compositions of great sophistication, in which each detail is testimony to the creativity and excellence of Van Cleef & Arpels.
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To mark the SIHH 2013, Van Cleef & Arpels is unveiling a new interpretation of the butterfly in the shape of the kite motif. A symbol of protection, slicing through the air with the same graceful flutter, it complements the Maison's other faithful renditions of movement. These new dials are embellished by a festive ballet of kites, their bright colors evoking so many joyful moods.
These Extraordinary Dials watches have provided Van Cleef & Arpels with an opportunity to introduce a new combined savoir-faire. For the first time, the Maison has employed the technique of miniature painting on sculpted mother-of-pearl, with its blend of volume and dazzling nuance. To bring these aerial compositions to life, sculpted mother-of-pearl motifs stand out in relief against an iridescent background.
Each of Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations is imbued with jewelry and watchmaking excellence, drawing inspiration from whether nature, couture or the imagination. Its creations evoke a timeless world of harmony and beauty.Find out more
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