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Lady Arpels Planétarium for SIHH 2018

The newest creation by The Maison is an artistic expression of Poetry of Time® through the depiction of a Cosmo illustrated by heavenly bodies, of planets, satellites and stars

Dec 14, 2017 | By Andrea Sim

Lady Arpels Planétarium for SIHH 2018

Van Cleef & Arpels has presented a new chapter to the exclusive high jewellery watch collection this holiday season, highlighting the Midnight Planétarium™ specially-designed for women. The new creation by The Maison is an expression of Poetry of Time® through the depiction of a cosmo, illustrated by the Sun and Moon, the star constellations along with the closest planets: Mercury, Venus and Earth.

Intended for female devotees of exceptional watches, look forward to the Lady Arpels Planétarium timepieces from the SIHH 2018, a restyled iconic creation from the Midnight Planétarium watch and the Lady Arpels Zodiac models in 2014. The new depiction of this exquisite Lady Arpels Planétarium offers an intimate view into a rich universe of Poetic Astronomy where the interaction of Sun and Moon and the beauty of a star-studded sky combined, is set to arouse emotions.

Innate Beauty of a Haute Horlogerie

Haute Horlogerie is undoubtedly the key innovation that elevates Van Cleef & Arpels’ standard of movement and the ethereal decorations of the dial to its pinnacle levels. The magic of the universe comes to life in a precious setting, encapsulated on a woman’s wrist depicted by the Mercury, Venus and Earth orbiting around the sun at their actual speeds: 88 days for Mercury, 224 days for Venus and 365 days for Earth. While the diamond Moon akin to a sparkling dancer moving around the Earth in 29.5 days, creating a curious celestial ballet on the dial.

The Lady Arpels Planétarium of timelessness and good taste

This eloquent example is a new and exclusive module developed in collaboration with Christiaan van der Klaauw for Van Cleef & Arpels, featuring Self-winding mechanical movement redesigned in a smaller size to fit perfectly into a 38-mm diameter case in white-gold, studded with diamonds in the bezel and sides of the case.

The dial imbues the epitome of good tastes and understated luxury, visible through the planetary spectacle with a shooting star in rhodium-plated gold, showing the time with poetic grace. On the case back shows two apertures display the day, month and year, all surrounded by an enchanting decor. To complete this High Jewellery design, two bracelets are available either in a blue glitter alligator strap to match the dial or a bracelet entirely set with diamonds.

Dial: Aventurine, Sun in pink gold, shooting star in rhodium-plated gold, Mercury in pink mother-of-pearl, Venus in green enamel, Earth in turquoise, Moon in diamond

Case back: White gold, pink gold, aventurine, sapphire glass, calendar, oscillating weight in white gold and black PVD, Moon in white gold with serti neige style diamonds, Earth in turquoise and ornamental stones echoing the planets

Movement: Self-winding mechanical movement featuring a Planétarium module developed exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels with 40-hour power reserve

The beauty of this truly original women’s edition timepiece lies in the fact that Van Cleef & Arpels has involved master watchmakers and craftsmen, lapidaries, gem setters, enamellers, engravers and more to complete the technical wonders of watchmaking. The painstaking dedication, unmatched expertise and precision to assemble the precious materials and the aventurine discs on the movement are all part of the brand’s cosmic story that brings the dial to life.

For more information about the Lady Arpels Planétarium timepiece, please visit Van Cleef & Arpels here.

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