Van Cleef & Arpels, the master of automata and poetic complications, unveils its latest marvels

Van Cleef & Arpels, the master of automata and poetic complications, unveils its latest marvels at Watches & Wonders 2024 in Geneva.

STEP INTO A world where time is not just measured but crafted, where horology meets haute couture, and every tick of the clock is a stroke of artistic genius: Van Cleef & Arpels, the master of automata and poetic complications, has unveiled its latest marvels at Watches & Wonders 2024 in Geneva. Renowned for blending métiers d’art with mechanical ingenuity, the Maison’s new, breathtaking collections continue to push the boundaries of watchmaking.

As Nicolas Bos, President and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels, puts it, ‘Craftsmanship has lain at the heart of our every initiative for more than a century,’ highlighting the brand’s unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation.

Of the captivating pieces the French luxury jeweller showcased at Watches & Wonders, three standout marvels left viewers starstruck.

Lady Arpels Brise D’Été Watch

Given the colouring on the strap and more, the Lady Arpels Brise D’Été Watch is an all-time favourite. A visual delight, following in the footsteps of the Lady Arpels Heures Florales, both timepieces share a motif of summer flowers and fluttering butterflies — but where they genuinely diverge is in their technical complexity.

The Lady Arpels Brise D’Été, while a little less mechanically intricate, is just as charming. Picture this: white and yellow gold butterflies are rendered in plique-à-jour enamel not only to tell the time, but come to life, fluttering their wings as if carried by a summer breeze. Not to be outdone, the flowers and stems on the dial sway along, adding to the enchantment.

It’s an ingenious blend of watchmaking prowess and artistic storytelling, showcasing Van Cleef & Arpels’ mastery in creating moments that embody the poetry of time.

 

Lady Arpels Jour Nuit

Revel in the rebirth of the iconic Lady Arpels Jour Nuit watch, now available in captivating 33 and 38-mm editions after three years of dedicated refinement. Behold the celestial spectacle as diamond-clad moons and stars frolic after the sun, adorned with dazzling snow-set yellow sapphires or meticulously crafted guilloché yellow gold.

With its charming 24-hour rotating disc, time transitions gracefully, infusing every moment with an aura of refinement and charm. These timepieces exude elegance, making a statement that’s simply irresistible.

 

The Extraordinary Objects Collection

Part of the Extraordinary Objects collection, the Apparition Des Baies Automaton forms a luxuriant dome that conceals a secret. The piece redefines art and luxury through its lacquered rose-gold leaves that gradually open to reveal a white-gold, diamond and sapphire bird spreading its wings with lifelike authenticity.

The wonderful structure is composed of 112 overlapping and intertwined leaves for a volume effect.