At the 2016 Geneva International Haute Horlogerie Show, Van Cleef & Arpels used the new movement to interpret the natural beauty of the world from a new perspective. The new movement uses a retrograde hour hand and a variable-speed minute hand to display the time, and can activate the mobile device as desired. The Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons Poetic Complications poetic complication watch, with its extraordinary watchmaking technology, tells the beauty of time in the ever-changing square inch sky.
For many years, the family has faithfully presented the elegant beauty of nature. This year, the butterfly is the main character of this watch, and once again praises this theme that has been loved by the family since the 1920s. The new poetic complication watch brings three colorful butterflies into the dial, dancing in the air and floating clouds, hovering among the clouds with the rhythm of the minute hand, and the hour hand is soaring with the symbol of happy swallows. Van Cleef & Arpels Van Cleef & Arpels used this ballet to tell the surging vitality of nature, and express the passage of time with the family’s unique and delicate poetry.
Van Cleef & Arpels watchmaker carefully assembled dial mother-of-pearl puffy clouds
Under the meticulously carved dial, it is an exclusive movement developed for the Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons watch. It uses a retrograde hour hand and a variable-speed minute hand to display the time. The movable device can be started at any time. The workmanship is exquisite. The family created an aerial dance with superb watchmaking techniques. The three butterflies flew at different speeds and displayed an elegant dance pattern from time to time. The elliptical gears inside the random core sometimes accelerated and sometimes slowly.
Exclusively developed for the Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons, the movement uses a retrograde hour hand and a variable-speed minute hand to display the time. The mobile device can be started at any time and has a sophisticated craftsmanship.
The butterflies one by one suddenly appeared in Caiyunjian, instructed to travel in minutes, and then submerged into Yunjian, leaving the time reporting responsibility to the next butterfly to appear. The hour display also echoes the family’s retrograde movement function. Tap the time scale with the swallow’s wings and return to its original position after 12 hours. In addition, the dial is equipped with a special activity module, which can be activated at any time to add vitality to the dial. Just press the button, the three butterflies will perform a 13-second aerial dance in the clouds, and return to the original track at the end, catch up with the time lost in the dance, and continue to accurately time.
Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons watch, 18K white gold case, 38 mm diameter, bezel set with diamonds, crown inlaid with single diamond, mother-of-pearl, gold carving, design echoing the theme of the dial, automatic movement, matching Retrograde hour hand and variable minute hand, mobile device module can be started at any time, exclusive design for Van Cleef & Arpels, 42 hours power reserve, mobile device for Van Cleef & Arpels patent design, short kiss Alligator strap with white gold pin buckle set with diamonds.
Combining superb craftsmanship
In order to interpret the extraordinary and meticulous scenes on the dial, the family merges different craftsmanship, so that each part of the dial displays a harmonious beauty. The softly glowing sky is made of mother-of-pearl, and then the blue sky is painted by hand-painting. The undulating floating clouds are decorated with different shades of gray mother-of-pearl, while the magnificent butterflies and swallows dancing among the clouds are added with miniature paintings. The body of the swallow is carved in white gold and painted in three colors: black, white, and blue. The three butterflies also display a pleasant gradation, from white to pink, yellow to orange, and red to fresh. yellow.
The Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons watch features a carved gold and sapphire crystal glass case back with a see-through lacquered rotor.
The design of the case back echoes the theme of the dial and is decorated with exquisite craftsmanship, reflecting Van Cleef & Arpels’ rigorous requirements for details. The family once again borrowed multiple craftsmanship to shape the poetic picture of the case back: the beauty of swallows soaring in the air is carved on the gold case back by the engraving process. The rotor is also decorated with three painted lacquered butterflies. The engraved exquisite floating clouds make the three butterflies dance as if in the colorful clouds when the pendulum random core rotates on the wrist.
The Poetry of Time ™
Van Cleef & Arpels is loyal to the family’s poetic association of life, bringing dreams and emotions into the world of watches and clocks, and giving extraordinary unique ideas to watchmaking. The watchmaking craftsmen of the family use miracle craftsmanship to breathe life into the story narrated on the dial in the Swiss workshop. The family also uses traditional techniques to describe family values and watch themes. Gem sculptors, enamel artists, sculptors, gem inlays and other professional craftsmen make use of the technology handed down from generation to generation to make magnificent timepieces and extraordinary mechanical movements. Van Cleef & Arpels creates poetic watches through moving styles. It counts the passage of time by magical methods, injecting awe-inspiring beauty into every minute and every second.
In 2006, the jewellery family Van Cleef & Arpels celebrated the centennial of the family’s founding, and created a unique watch. The dial hour hand moves with the four seasons, and the poetic complication watch of time passing in a new way is interpreted. The series was born in 焉. Each watch in the series combines a variety of creative ingenuity and subtlety. It has introduced retrograde movements, 24-hour movements, four-season movements, five-pointer watches and other designs, turning the time display method into a trip to Huadu , Bright starry sky, planetary orbit, butterfly spread wings and lovers meet. The various complex movements not only show superb technical achievements, but also touch countless moving moments, echoing the magnificent fantasy of Van Cleef & Arpels.
Gold carving is a traditional clock technology, with different depths and three-dimensional effects carved on the dial to create a smart picture. The craftsman first used various complicated carving methods to engrav the main contour line of the dial pattern on the gold chassis, and then carved subtle fine lines. This process is hand-made, and even the sculpting tools are also made by the craftsmen, which perfectly meets the actual needs. Craftsmen’s hand-made sculpting tools can create a variety of effects, including reproducing the lines of the design on the dial, carving textured textures, and even shaping light and shadow effects.
The ingenious mother-of-pearl miniature painting technique is derived from the finely crafted paintings of the 16th and 18th centuries. This technology pays attention to extreme patience and meticulous craftsmanship, and must be meticulous in detail. Few artisans know this technology globally. The micro-painter must have superb painters. With the help of a binocular microscope and a slim mink brush, he can freely reproduce the pattern drawn by the designer on a square dial. The dial that the artist outlines the graphic outline will be baked at 80 degrees Celsius, so that the first draft lines are fixed on the dial. High-temperature firing can strengthen the color on the surface of the dial, and at the same time, make the color more uniform. The axe chisel marks left by the pen edge are erased, making the effect natural. Then the artist repeatedly applied multiple layers of paint, each layer was fired independently, creating a clear and detailed color change, giving the work a lifelike three-dimensional effect. Precise and detailed patterns, gentle and delicate gradation colors, combined with impeccable quality, inject charming charm into the ingenious miniature painting. Van Cleef & Arpels only uses mother-of-pearl and gold, with the unique beauty of miniature painting.