Savoir-Faire

The guilloché, a savoir-faire which illuminates
Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations

A traditional engraving technique taking its inspiration from goldsmithery and culinary art, the guilloché is used by the Maison since the 1910s on objects, accessories, watches and jewels. 

  • Papillon clip, gold guilloché and translucent enamel, 1966

  • Watch pendant, platinum guilloché with translucent enamel, pearls and diamonds

"Arranged in sun-shape, in undulating lines or criss-crossed, the striations arouse subtle interplays of light."

This savoir-faire consists in engraving delicate striations, mainly on precious metal surfaces, but now also mother-of-pearl. Arranged in sun-shape, in undulating lines or criss-crossed, they arouse subtle interplays of light, changing according to the movements. 

  • Lady Arpels Féérie Rouge, translucent enamel on gold guilloché

First present on Van Cleef & Arpels’ watches dials, this aesthetic spreads in the 1930s to cases, powder compacts, and MinaudièresTM.

  • Powder compact, gold guilloche, end of 1940s

  • Cigarette cases, gold guilloche and diamonds, end of 1930s

Nowadays, this process is given pride of place in the Maison’s collections, especially since 2018 on Alhambra creations. The iconic motif attires itself with guilloché gold, illuminating this preciosu symbol of luck with its intense reflections.