The Extraordinary Dials™ collection welcomes two new unique pieces: designed as miniature works of art, they bring together several exceptional crafts in a single tableau. This year, the art of enamelers, engravers, lapidaries and stone setters relates the magical spectacle of a sky illuminated by the sun or the stars. Inside a 41mm case, these three-dimensional scenes come to life in striking interplays of perspective, recreating azure depths and the heavenly vault. The Maison’s emblematic fairies grace this ballet of the sun and moon, in which time seems suspended from their delicate wings. Each of these pieces is accompanied by a sycamore cabinet, which echoes the creation’s theme in an immersive decor.
Lady Arpels Nuit Féerique
41mm diameter case, white gold, round diamonds, bezel in white gold, round diamonds, crown in white gold, round diamond Dial in white gold, round, tapered and rose-cut diamonds, faceted round blue sapphires, buff-topped round blue, pink and violet sapphires, aventurine, onyx, mother-of-pearl, miniature painting Bracelet in blue alligator, pin buckle in white gold, round diamonds Manual-winding mechanical movement Unique piece
With its gentle pale glow, the mysterious orb of the moon is the focus for this new Lady Arpels Nuit Féerique creation. Made up of a hollow, diamond-set surface and an openwork dome adorned with sapphires, it seems to illuminate the scene from the background, attracting the attention of a graceful fairy. Within the dial, different crafts come together to recreate the night’s sparkle: cut aventurine for the deep blue background, miniature painting and sculpted white gold on the fairy’s costume, round and tapered-cut diamonds to suggest the course of a shooting star. The lapidaries’ expertise can be seen in the interplay of clouds, alternately cut in solid onyx, adorned with mother-of-pearl and onyx marquetry and set with blue, pink and violet sapphires. The buff-topped stones follow one another in a gradation of shades, illustrating the gentle atmosphere of a summer night. On the back of the watch, an engraved scene prolongs the story in a garden of long grass, overlooked by a starry sky.
Lady Arpels Jour Féerique
41mm diameter case, white gold, round diamonds, bezel in white gold, round diamonds, crown in white gold, round diamond Dial in white, yellow and pink gold, round and rose-cut diamonds, round yellow sapphires, round spessartite garnets, mother-of-pearl, turquoise, enamel, miniature painting Bracelet in white alligator, pin buckle in white gold, round diamonds Manual-winding mechanical movement Unique piece
The sun source of life, light and heat caresses a spinning fairy with its warm rays. The fairy stretches in an ethereal pose, reaching towards translucent clouds with her diamond wings.
To give depth to the scene, craft skills have come together to create a succession of planes. In the foreground, the sun is made up of two pieces one in relief and one hollow set with yellow sapphires and spessartite garnets, providing the orb with an intense glow. Its rays have been crafted in three colors of gold alternately brushed and polished to instill the scene with softness, brilliance and life. In two and three dimensions, both opaque and transparent, clouds of turquoise, mother-of-pearl, enamel and diamonds enhance the beauty of this early-morning sky. The ethereal grace of the fairy recognisable with her rose-cut diamond face is highlighted by her dress, hand-painted in a delicate gradation from blue to yellow. On the engraved gold back of the case, she reappears sitting on a branch, in a scene haloed by the same rays of sun.