In 2008 the Charms watch was born, with its lucky charm motif spinning merrily around the dial. Today, Van Cleef & Arpels is opening a new chapter in this collection with four exceptional limited editions.
The Maison has employed its most precious craft-skills to relate new tales of luck. From engraving and sculpture on gold to enameling, miniature painting on mother-of-pearl and translucent lacquer, Van Cleef & Arpels has assembled the talents of virtuoso craftsmen to transform the Maison's dreams of beauty into reality. Each piece is adorned with a triple row of diamonds and colored stones, selected using the strictest criteria and mounted on the bezel.
Thanks to this varied savoir-faire, the Charms Extraordinaires watches are adorned with enchanting scenes which overflow from their dials. Four auspicious symbols – the lily-of-the-valley, the lotus flower, the dandelion and the swallow – are depicted in settings of great refinement. Alternately delicate and profound, the gradation of hues continues onto the bezel – which is adorned with variously colored gems – while an ethereal lucky charm evokes the theme of each piece.
The lotus flower is an extremely important symbol in Asian culture. Emerging from the water to bloom in the sunlight, it evokes self-fulfillment, enlightenment and purity. Here, the harmonious corolla of the pink lotus forms a gentle composition, mingling powdered tones with a watery shimmer. The lucky charm takes on the stylized outline of the flower to become a precious talisman invoking inner peace.
In full bloom at the center of the dial, the lotus flower stands out clearly thanks to the champlevé enamel technique. To produce this subtle effect, the cavities which make up the shape of the motif are filled with enamel; the enamel undergoes successive firings and is then delicately sanded. Like a flower turned towards the sky, the lotus is encircled by a gradation of gems set into the bezel: diamonds, sapphires and Paraíba tourmalines.