On the occasion of the SIHH 2018, the Maison has drawn on new sources of wonder between Heaven and Earth  to reflect its distinctive Poetry of Time®. Just as in childhood  memories, everyone can lie down in the long grass and gaze up at the vast vault of the sky. Poetic Astronomy™ offers an invitation to plunge into the cosmos and observe the dance of the planets, presented  in a precious setting. The gaze is drawn to the twelve constellations  of the Zodiac, which light up thanks to a virtuoso mechanism.

The voyage continues  from one time zone to another,  from the starry night to the break of day, revealing the spectacle of nature bathed in sunlight. Within "Le Jardin Van Cleef & Arpels", flowers shelter the time beneath  precious petals, their  corollas blooming  against beds of pink sapphires. Secret and transformable watches combine the rhythm  of the seasons with that of High Jewelry. Four-leaf clovers assume their place in the pastoral tableau, measuring the hours in a succession of Alhambra®  motifs. Time slips peacefully by from one creation to the next, opening the gates of a world of dreams and harmony.

A feminine  vision of the cosmos

Four years after unveiling the Midnight Planétarium™ watch, Van Cleef & Arpels is restyling this iconic creation,  offering an original women’s edition  to enrich  the universe of Poetic  Astronomy.  Distinguished both  by refined aesthetics  and its automatic  movement,  developed  exclusively for the Maison, the Lady Arpels Planétarium watch illustrates the Sun and the closest planets: Mercury, Venus and finally Earth, along with its natural satellite, the Moon. Each heavenly body moves at its actual speed, orbiting  the dial in 88 days for Mercury,  224 days for Venus and 365 days for Earth.  In a key innovation  for this piece, the Moon itself rotates around  the Earth  in 29.5 days, performing a visible celestial ballet on the dial, day after day.

The choice of planets, imbued with feminine symbolism in the case of Venus and the Moon, goes hand in hand with craftsmanship to adapt the dimensions of the timepiece to a woman’s wrist. The Lady Arpels case, 38mm in diameter and set with diamonds in the bezel and sides of the case, houses a movement redesigned  for this smaller size, with an exclusive module  developed  in collaboration with Christiaan  van der Klaauw. The dial enriches the planetary spectacle with a shooting star in rhodium-plated gold, showing the time with poetic grace. On the back of the watch, two apertures  display the day, month and year, all surrounded by an enchanting decor.

Two bracelets are available to suit any occasion: a blue glitter alligator strap to match the dial, and a bracelet entirely set with diamonds for a High Jewelry design.


Magic materials

To recreate the awe-inspiring experience of stargazing, Van Cleef & Arpels took special care in selecting and working with the traditional  materials of jewelry and watchmaking. Planets of differing volumes rotate around a Sun made of pink gold, gleaming in the center of the dial. A pink mother-of-pearl Mercury and a turquoise  Earth were meticulously hand cut in spherical shapes, while Venus is portrayed with a green enamel bead, fashioned in the Van Cleef & Arpels enamel workshops in Meyrin, Switzerland. The familiar glow of the Moon as it orbits the Earth  comes to life with a brilliant-cut diamond,  contrasting with the midnight blue background. Evoking the depth of the cosmos, seven aventurine discs are placed in concentric circles within the dial, several rotating individually with the watch movement.  The  planets and the shooting  star thus move at actual speed through their sparkling environment.

The back of the case displays the same shades, recalling the celestial bodies in their respective materials on an aventurine disc. The journey continues in the center with the oscillating weight adorned  with a precious depiction  of the Moon. A turquoise  circle embraces a crescent embellished with diamonds of varying diameters, set using the serti neige style technique.  The  final creation stirs the emotions, offering both an immersion into the universe and the beauty of fine jewelry craftsmanship.


Lady Arpels™  Planétarium  Poetic  Complications watch

38mm diameter case in white gold set with diamonds, bezel set with diamonds and crown set with a diamond

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

Blue glitter alligator strap with a white gold pin buckle set with diamonds or white gold bracelet set with diamonds

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