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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A cherished theme
A limitless source of inspiration, butterflies – symbolizing the eternal renewal of a poetic and ethereal nature – have often fuelled the Maison's imagination. In the 1920s, these winged creatures were transformed into precious clips and earrings; later, they were adorned with Mystery Setting™ (in the 1970s), mother-of-pearl and lacquered wood.
In 2010, Van Cleef & Arpels went butterfly hunting with a High Jewelry collection entirely based around this theme. Within the Maison, they have also contributed to watchmaking creations like the Lady Arpels Extraordinary Butterflies pieces (2010) or the Lady Arpels Butterfly Symphony watch (Grand Prix du Public 2011, Ladies watch prize).
For the SIHH 2013, the butterfly – that universal symbol of metamorphosis – lends its delicate form to new compositions evoking the cycles of nature and the seasons: from day to night and from spring to winter.
With their outstretched wings, a pair of butterflies appear to float in mid-air in an autumnal atmosphere. This enchanting composition is bathed in warm, golden sunlight.
This dial combines various craft-skills to produce a distinctly luminous effect. The dazzling butterflies – colored using the plique-à-jour enameling technique – stand out against the iridescent shimmer of the mother-ofpearl background. Their wings are adorned with a gradation of fawn tones, echoed by the sun's half-circle in paillonnéenamel. Their bodies are represented by eye-catching marquise cut diamonds.
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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