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    Creation Highlights

    Lady Arpels™ Papillon Automate Watch


    With its new perspective on the passing hours, the Lady Arpels™ Papillon Automate watch is faithful to Van Cleef & Arpels’ signature Poetry of Time™.

    Enchanting Nature comes to life as never before on this creation. In a bucolic scenery, the moon reflects itself on the surface of a pool, among flowers and wild grass. Equipped with a particularly sophisticated automaton module, the dial depicts the random fluttering of a butterfly, moving in accompaniment to the movements of the watch’s wearer: as the hours and minutes flow discretely by on the right, the butterfly beats its wings randomly – one to four times in a row, depending on the power reserve.

    The feat of bringing a butterfly to life in a random way is combined with that of recreating the scene in relief, using a multi-layered background. To reflect the vitality of nature, the Maison selected several decorative techniques in which the craftsmen from Van Cleef & Arpels’ watchmaking workshops in Meyrin are expert, among which the curved plique-à-jour enamel technique, developed by the Maison.

    Van Cleef & Arpels’ Lady Arpels™ Papillon Automate watch was awarded the prestigious Ladies’ HighMech Watch prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2017. 

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