Luxury Watches

Van Cleef & Arpels : Butterflies and fairies

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Reflecting the Enchanting Nature™ synonymous with Van Cleef & Arpels, butterflies and fairies this year offer a new experience of the passage of time, revealed with dreamlike beauty and harmony. Across a range of new pieces, these emblematic figures appear in volume, in movement or at the center of delicate tableaux, creating a sense of wonder. Technical innovation and masterful craftsmanship come together within each creation. The resulting masterpieces set the heart beating to the unique rhythm of the Poetry of Time™.

Lady Arpels Papillon Automate watch
To mark the SIHH 2017, Enchanting Nature comes to life as never before on the new Lady Arpels™ Papillon Automate watch. Equipped with a particularly sophisticated automaton module, it depicts the random fluttering of a butterfly, moving in accompaniment to the movements of the watch’s wearer. A mutual relationship comes into being, as the hours slip by against a pastoral backdrop. The entire scene is illuminated by a wide range of traditional crafts, gathered together at Van Cleef & Arpels’ watchmaking workshops in Meyrin, Switzerland.

In perfect harmony
The moon is rising over a pastoral landscape. The silver orb is reflected on the surface of a pool, amid flowers and long grass. Fluttering in the breeze, a butterfly alights delicately on a corolla, its movement attracting the attention of a passing walker. The latter comes over and picks up the butterfly, which beats its wings quicker with ethereal grace.

The walker sets off again with this new companion, which mirrors the rhythm of their motion. A symbiotic relationship develops during the walk, as butterfly and walker share a moment of harmony with nature.

Today, Van Cleef & Arpels has recreated this relationship with its new Lady Arpels Papillon Automate watch. A world of poetry comes to life beneath the glass of its dial: 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 frequency of the movements is also irregular, since they take place every two to four minutes when the watch is not being worn and more often when it is on the wrist. The butterfly’s liveliness echoes that of its wearer, with alternating periods of calm and activity. The spectacle on the dial can also be triggered at the push of a button: the butterfly then beats its wings on demand.

Lady Arpels Papillon Automate watch
40mm white gold case, diamonds in serti-neige style setting, diamond-set bezel, diamond-set crown
Dial: round and pear-shaped diamonds, blue, mauve and violet sapphires, mother-of-pearl, champlevé, paillonné, plique-à-jour and curved plique-à-jour enamel, miniature painting
Case back: natural scene in bas-relief, sapphire glass and visible decorated weight Self-winding mechanical movement with a random automaton and on demand animation module, developed exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels.
This movement has been the object of four patent applications by Van Cleef & Arpels.
Blue alligator bracelet, white gold pin buckle set with diamonds
Numbered edition