Van Cleef & Arpels unveiled Lady Nuit des Papillons watch earlier this year. This watch is a “Poetic Complication” creation.
With these two models, the Maison blends High Jewelry craftsmanship with the spirit of the Poetic Complications collection in a unique combination. Two new features are introduced on this occasion: the hour minute display with 12-hour rotating disk movement and a case measuring 33mm in diameter.
Set with diamonds on the bezel and edge, the white gold case contains a hand-wound mechanical movement equipped with a 12-hour module, developed exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels. The reduced dimensions of the case and thinness of the movement are a feat of technical expertise. Beneath a pierced over-dial, the rotating disk makes two complete turns each day to create an ever-changing scene. Behind the circling hands, an enchanting tableau is revealed.
The dial is crowned by a sparkling over-dial with serti neige style setting, adorned with diamonds of different diameters so as to perfectly match the surface. Four rose-cut diamonds outline the wings of a butterfly, offering a glimpse of bluish tones through their transparency.
Between the over-dial’s motifs, a rotating disk appears, entirely set with gemstones. Carefully selected sapphires and diamonds form a subtle gradation, evoking a night sky.
Available on a shiny navy blue alligator strap, the Lady Nuit des Papillons watch can also be accompanied by a jeweled bracelet made of diamonds and colored stones on which sapphire butterfly wings or multicolored leaves flutter in the breeze.