Lady Arpels Féerie Rouge timepiece, Poetic Complications™ collection
Fairies have always been a source of fascination for Van Cleef & Arpels and are the main representations of femininity to be found among the Maison’s creations. Six years after launching the Fairy Poetic Complication™ timepiece, Van Cleef & Arpels celebrates once again the poetry of fairies with the Lady Arpels Féerie Rouge timepiece.
It is a new, elegant interpretation of the Féerie story. The ruby red color of the dial invites us into a new world of enchantment. A fairy indicates the passing hours with her magic wand and the minutes with her fluttering wings, perpetuating the tradition of legends and fairies dear to the Maison.
Savoir-Faire: Enamel on Gold Guilloché
Savoir Faire: Sculpture and Engraving on Gold
The art of engraving consists in creating a given form from a block of material and giving it life. It all starts with a gold plate, on which the craftsman traces the outline of the motif. The three-dimensional work may then begin: cutting and polishing the metal, emphasizing the lines of a drawing or reproducing a texture.
This craft - which is carried out by hand - calls for traditional tools which are usually produced by the engraver himself, according to his needs. The quality of an engraver is measured not only by his technical prowess, but also by his ability to bring his material to life and instill his creations with all the poetry of the story he wishes to tell.
Savoir-Faire: Retrograde movement
The Lady Arpels Féerie Rouge features a swiss mechanical movement based on a Jaeger-LeCoultre 846 movement with a retrograde module developed exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels.
On displays known as “retrograde”, the hands and the wings trace an arc before returning instantly to their initial position in order to begin another journey. This constant dance enables the creation to be original and highly spectacular, requiring high-precision design and craftsmanship.