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Extraordinary Dial Midnight Nuit Boreale

Van Cleef & Arpels 2014

Van Cleef & Arpels: Extraordinary Dial Midnight Nuit Boreale

Imagined as a picture of the heavens in miniature, this extraordinary dial offers a lesson in Greek mythology. A fearsome creature watches over the Golden Fleece; Cassiopeia makes a proud figure; Zeus takes the form of a swan to seduce Leda; the Great Bear and the Little Bear evoke Callisto, the nymph transformed by Hera, and her son Arcas. They are portrayed in grisaille enamel, a technique which creates dramatic effects of light and shadow, spotlighted with dots of yellow gold.

Movement | self-winding mechanical

Functions | hours, minutes

Dial | grisaille enamel, yellow gold

Case | round, 18k white gold, 42 mm ø, crown set with an enamel cabochon