Interviews around the Astronomy™
With Poetic Astronomy™, Van Cleef & Arpels pays homage to the emotion instilled by the dazzling spectacle of the heavens and stars. From the cycles of the sun and moon to the wonders of a starry night and the dreamlike patterns of the constellations, the marvels of the universe have inspired creations that combine the poetry of the spheres with the measurement of time. By turning its gaze to the firmament, the Maison has given new form to its highly personal vision of time and space, with its suggestion of voyages and dreams.
Watch Midnight Planétarium, Complications Poétiques™ collection
In 2014, the Maison achieved its dream of reducing the scale of the heavens to the dimensions of a wristwatch. Six years after the launch of the Lady Arpels Jour Nuit model, it once again celebrates celestial orbits by drawing inspiration from the historic tradition of planetariums that provided a three-dimensional representation of the solar system and the movement of the planets around the sun.
The Maison revisits this idea in the light of its own poetic imagination: the Midnight Planétarium timepiece offers a means of immortalizing one’s own lucky day in the universe, while admiring the course of the planets.
Watches Midnight Nuit Boréale and Midnight Nuit Australe, Cadrans Extraordinaire™ collection
Objects of curiosity and fascination since ancient times, the constellations are at the heart of Van Cleef & Arpels’ Poetic Astronomy™. With the Extraordinary Dials collection, the watchmaker’s art is enhanced by that of the enameler, the engraver, the lapidary, the miniature painter and the stone-setter, among others.
Inspired by various eras, the watches Midnight Nuit Boréale and Midnight Nuit Australe reflect the way in which mankind’s view of the heavens has evolved in line with its beliefs and discoveries. Dedicated to the Northern hemisphere, the Midnight Nuit Boréale model is principally inspired by the gods and creatures of Greek mythology, whereas the Midnight Nuit Australe model, devoted to the Southern hemisphere, pays homage to the observations of scientists and explorers from the 16th to the 18th centuries. These two Extraordinary Dials timepieces are decorated using the grisaille enameling technique, rare process which is applied to evoking maps of the sky and their astonishing constellations.
Watches lady Arpels Zodiac, Cadrans Extraordinaires™ collection Lady Arpels Zodiac Capricorn- Lady Arpels Zodiac Pisces- Lady Arpels Zodiac Aquarius- Lady Arpels Zodiac Leo
Perpetuating the tradition of the lucky jewelry created by the Maison in its early years, Van Cleef & Arpels is renewing the tradition with an exceptional set of twelve limited edition watches that depict the signs of the Western Zodiac. In these timepieces, various craft skills combine to evoke the different signs and instill the dials with life and sparkle : engraving, plays of light, setting.
Midnight Constellation Aquila Extraordinary Dial, Midnight Constellation Gallus Extraordinary Dial, Midnight Constellation Pegasus Extraordinary Dial, Midnight Constellation Phoenix Extraordinary Dial
Those Midnight Constellations models offer a poetic representation of the stars. To depict the depth of the sky along with all the symbolic power of the constellations, the Maison has combined different traditional crafts within each dial. While engraving and sculpture on gold provide the motifs with
Lady Arpels Heures Filantes Poetic Complication
The new Lady Arpels Heures Filantes combines the measurement of time with the magic of shooting stars, to accompany your everyday wishes. Thanks to unique craftsmanship, this timepiece indicates the average number of shooting stars per hour at any time of the year. So that, whatever the occasion, there is always a lucky star to make your wish come true.