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Lady Arpels Ballerine Musicale Rubis

Van Cleef & Arpels 2021

ref. VCARO90600
Unisex

Louis Arpels was a great fan of classical ballet, an art that still inspires Van Cleef & Arpels a hundred years later. Among its releases for 2021, the brand lifts the curtain on a trio of watches that join the Poetic Complications collection. They transpose, into watchmaking, Jewels, a work in three parts by the choreographer George Balanchine that premiered in New York in 1967. On this Lady Arpels Ballerine Musicale Rubis, a white gold case sets the stage beneath a diamond chandelier, framed by rich drapery that has been hand-sculpted and hand-painted. At the press of a pusher, the curtains part and the scene comes to life as five miniature-painted ballerinas pirouette across the dial to the delicate notes of a melody composed by Igor Stravinsky, played on a musical box and a carillon. Of course, these beautiful objects also tell the time, discreetly displayed in a curved window in the upper part of the dial, on a 12-hour graduated scale with a star-tipped pointer. Van Cleef & Arpels spent seven years developing the manual-winding mechanical movement that powers this retrograde display.

Function

  • Function
    Hours, Minutes

Complications

  • Display
    Retrograde display
  • Other complication
    See presentation text

Movement

  • Energy supply
    Manual-winding
  • Power reserve
    54 hours
  • Form
    Round
  • Diameter
    mm

Case

  • Form
    Round
  • Material
    White gold with diamonds
  • Diameter
    44.50 mm

Dial

  • Material
    Miniature painting / diamonds
  • Colour
    Red / gold

Strap

  • Material
    Alligator
  • Colour
    Wine
  • Fastening
    Folding clasp

Artistic crafts

  • Type of stones
    Diamonds / ruby
  • N° of stones
    734 Units
  • Carat weight
    7.91
  • Type of artistic crafts
    Engraving, Gem-setting, See presentation text