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Van Cleef & Arpels’ heritage was highlighted through exhibits in Asia, France and the United States. Themed High Jewelry collections paid tribute to the Maison’s varied sources of inspiration. This decade also marked the beginning of artistic collaborations, particularly with Benjamin Millepied and his troupe, L.A. Dance Project.
Les Voyages Extraordinaires® High Jewelry collection
Van Cleef & Arpels drew inspiration from four major works by Jules Verne: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Five Weeks in a Balloon, From the Earth to the Moon and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Enchanting worlds arise, a vital mix of sumptuous flora and cosmic wonders.
Complications Poétiques Pont des Amoureux watch
The Pont des Amoureux watch was awarded the Ladies’ Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.
Bals de légende™ High Jewelry collection
True to its love for dance, Van Cleef & Arpels designed a High Jewelry collection celebrating the elegant tradition of dress balls. Five legendary 20th century balls are depicted through as many enchanting ensembles.
Iconic Landmark Prince’s boutique in Hong Kong
Following Paris and New York, Van Cleef & Arpels inaugurated its Maison in Hong Kong, Landmark Prince’s.
“Set in Style” exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.
The exhibit illustrated how the history of design influenced Van Cleef & Arpels creations in the 20th century. More than 350 exceptional objects exemplified the spirit of the Maison: innovation, transformation, nature, exoticism, fashion and celebrities.
Palais de la chance® High Jewelry collection
Demonstrating a poetic vision of the world, Van Cleef & Arpels paid tribute to luck in its myriad dimensions. Setting off on a journey from the Earth to the sky, through East and West, the Maison collected a multitude of good-luck charms, transforming them into sparkling jewels.
Creation of the École des Arts Joailliers
Founded with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels, the École des Arts Joailliers introduces the public to the world of jewelry through courses, conferences and exhibitions. Courses address three themes: the history of the art of jewelry, savoir-faire and the world of stones.
“Timeless Beauty” exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), China.
Looking back on more than 100 years of history, the exhibition featured jewelry, watches, fashion accessories, objets d’art and archival documents. For the first time in China, visitors marveled at more than 370 pieces from the Van Cleef & Arpels Collection, as well as private collections.
“Van Cleef & Arpels, L’Art de la Haute Joaillerie” at the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
The creative audacity of Van Cleef & Arpels was highlighted amid a decor created by the Jouin Manku Agency. The exhibition featured more than 500 pieces having contributed to the Maison’s renown from 1906 onwards, presented in chronological order alongside a multitude of sketches and archival documents.
Launch of the Pierres de Caractère - Variations High Jewelry collection
Seven years after the initial Pierres de Caractère™ collection, Van Cleef & Arpels once again celebrated exceptional stones through dazzling blends of colors and materials.
Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée Watch
Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève awarded to the Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée watch.
Partnership between Van Cleef & Arpels and Benjamin Millepied
French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, along with his troupe L.A. Dance Project, performed an original work inspired by an encounter with Van Cleef & Arpels. Entitled Reflections, this ballet is the first part of a trilogy, Gems, followed by Hearts & Arrows and On the Other Side in 2014 and 2016, respectively.
Peau d’Âne raconté par Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry collection
Embodying the enchantment of fairy tales, the Peau d’Âne raconté par Van Cleef & Arpels collection drew inspiration from Charles Perrault’s celebrated fable. The collection served as a vehicle for some of the Maison’s dearest themes, from feminine figures to Enchanted Nature, and from finery to the language of love.
Midnight Planétarium watch
The Midnight Planétarium watch evokes the wonders of the universe, capturing the revolution of the planets. This celestial ballet catches the gaze while a shooting star shows the time of day. A good-luck star invites the wearer to record his lucky day on the star-studded dial. The watch face portrays a miniature Sun, together with the five planets visible from Earth with the naked eye: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Thanks to an exclusive module, each planet rotates on its own disc, replicating its actual pace relative to the Sun.
Seven Seas High Jewelry collection
From peaceful shores to the high seas, and from foam-crested waves to the serenity of expansive waters, Van Cleef & Arpels let its gaze wander to the distant horizon. The ever-changing spectacle of the sea captured the Maison's imagination, inspiring the Seven Seas™ High Jewelry collection.
L’Arche de Noé racontée par Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition, with a decor designed by Robert Wilson
Van Cleef & Arpels paid tribute to fauna, captured in all its richness and diversity through the animals riding out the flood two by two aboard Noah’s Ark. To present this High Jewelry collection, the Maison called upon the famous American director Robert Wilson to design the decor.
Émeraude en majesté High Jewelry collection
This collection attests to the affinity Van Cleef & Arpels has always felt for the emerald. The Maison has traveled over the globe in search of exceptional stones. It honors these gems through a compendium of interpretations intended to reveal their full beauty and character.
“The Art and Science of Gems” exhibition at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore
The exhibition offered an innovative look into the history of jewelry and minerals. Alongside Van Cleef & Arpels creations, visitors admired natural treasures from the renowned collection of the Parisian Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle.
Opening of the boutique at 20 Place Vendôme
Van Cleef & Arpels expanded its footprint at Place Vendôme. A third address was established to house, in particular, a Heritage Gallery dedicated to temporary exhibitions of vintage pieces. 20, 22 and 24 Place Vendôme thus became Les Salons Vendôme.
Iconic Tokyo Ginza Maison Boutique
Van Cleef & Arpels, present in Japan since 1973, strengthened its links to the country by opening a Maison in the Ginza neighborhood. Redesigned by the Jouin Manku Agency, the building’s decor suggested a subtle nod to Japanese architecture.
Automate Fée Ondine Extraordinary Object
Through this Extraordinary Object, the narrative universe of Van Cleef & Arpels blends with the Maison’s creativity and attachment to savoir-faire. At the crossroads of the jewelry and watchmaking traditions, it depicts a fairy waking from sleep in an enchanting natural setting.
Le Secret High Jewelry collection
Dedicated to secrets in their myriad forms, this collection drew inspiration from talisman jewelry concealing endlessly delightful surprises. Lovingly contemplated or gently caressed, the creations are a joy to handle and to open, unveiling their charms with a playful thrill.
“Mastery of an Art: Van Cleef & Arpels – High Jewelry and Japanese Crafts” at the MoMAK in Kyoto, Japan
Featured at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the exhibition drew a parallel between Van Cleef & Arpels’ High Jewelry and traditional Japanese savoir-faire including dyes, weaving, ceramics, lacquer and embroidery.
Quatre contes de Grimm High Jewelry collection
Nurtured with dreams and poetry, magic has always held a prime place in the world of Van Cleef & Arpels. The Quatre contes de Grimm collection echoes this mystical tradition through sparkling interpretations of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Golden Bird, The Three Feathers and The Bremen Town Musicians.
“Van Cleef & Arpels, When Elegance Meets Art” exhibition at the Today Art Museum in Beijing
Launched in 2012 at the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs, this exhibition traveled abroad for the first time, presented in China with the addition of new creations. The High Jewelry pieces on display were arranged in chronological order to illustrate how the Van Cleef & Arpels style evolved over time while maintaining its spirit of elegance and poetry.
Treasure of rubies High Jewelry collection
Enchanting civilizations throughout the world with its fiery hue, the ruby has nurtured the creative vision of Van Cleef & Arpels since 1906. The Treasure of rubies collection, made up of 60 unique pieces, underscores the beauty and the singular character of this exceedingly rare stone.
Romeo & Juliet High Jewelry collection
William Shakespeare’s legendary masterpiece Romeo and Juliet provided inspiration for a High Jewelry collection in which the language of love meets the expressiveness of gems. The star-crossed lovers meet their fate in a Verona composed of precious stones.
“Van Cleef & Arpels: Time, Nature, Love” exhibition at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy
For the first time in Italy, the exhibition displays a selection of jewelry, watches and precious objects created by Van Cleef & Arpels since its founding. The journey revolves around three themes dear to the Maison: Time, Love and Nature.