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Van Cleef & Arpels - Video. Midnight Nuit Lumineuse watch

Van Cleef & Arpels Video. Midnight Nuit Lumineuse watch

Van Cleef & Arpels enriches its Poetic Astronomy™ theme with a watchmaking innovation, eliciting new emotions.

Inspired by the glittering of the heavens, the Maison dreamed of actually illuminating the dial of a Poetic Complications™ watch in a mechanical way. Made real, the scene unfolds against a background of aventurine glass, where diamond stars shine. Among the various constellations traced out in white miniature painting, that of the Unicorn can be seen. Here, as if by magic, it lights up in a remarkable way thanks to the six diamonds that punctuate its outline.

The sense of surprise and wonder instilled by the Midnight Nuit Lumineuse watch has its origin in the phenomenon of piezoelectricity, studied since the 18th century and now used for the first time in the Poetic Complications collection. The term refers to the ability of certain materials to accumulate an electric charge when they are subjected to mechanical stress. The Midnight Nuit Lumineuse watch contains a strip of ceramic which, when caused to vibrate by the movement, mechanically generates electrical energy. This is used to power six electroluminescent diodes which – on demand – back-light the six diamonds visible on the dial.



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