Iconic watchmaker Van Cleef & Arpels has presented a new piece of horological craftsmanship and expanded its exclusive high jewellery watch collection this holiday season. The Midnight Planétarium™ specially-designed for women is an expression of Poetry of Time® by depicting a cosmo, illustrated by the Sun and Moon, the star constellations along with the closest planets: Mercury, Venus and Earth.
The exceptional watch is a beautiful nod to the Lady Arpels Planétarium timepieces from the SIHH 2018, and represents a re-invented iconic creation from the Midnight Planétarium watch and the Lady Arpels Zodiac models in 2014. The new model offers an intimate view into a rich universe of Poetic Astronomy with an accurate interaction of the Sun and Moon and the closest planets.
Haute Horlogerie is 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 night sky comes to life in a precious setting depicted by the Mercury, Venus and Earth orbiting around the sun at their actual speeds. All the while the diamond Moon circling around the Earth in 29.5 days, creating a curious celestial ballet on the dial.
This eloquent example is courtesy of a new and exclusive module developed in collaboration with Christiaan van der Klaauw for Van Cleef & Arpels. It features a self-winding mechanical movement in a smaller size, which fits perfectly into a 38-mm diameter case in white-gold, studded with diamonds in the bezel and sides of the case.
The dial is the epitome of understated luxury and is visible through the planetary spectacle with a shooting star in rhodium-plated gold. On the case back are two apertures that display the day, month and year, all surrounded by a shimmering decor. To complete this High Jewellery design, two bracelets are available in a blue glitter alligator strap to match the dial or a bracelet entirely set with diamonds.
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