Van Cleef & Arpels: Lady Arpels féerie/2004
Imagine an enchanted world where time was determined by a wondrous creature, with the touch of her magic wand.
The magical world of Van Cleef & Arpels has made such a thing possible. Nature is a major source of inspiration for the House, a natural world that is dazzling and magical, full of delicate and whimsical creatures such as butterflies, dragonflies and birds of paradise. In the centre of this enchanted universe is the Fairy, symbol of a femininity which is both playful and sensual.
In 2005, the House created a dazzling tribute to fairies with the high jewellery A Midsummer’s night dream collection.
Impish and playful fairies cast their spells, making and breaking ties forged from desire … and become brooches with diamond faces.
Van Cleef & Arpels, bringing together its jeweller’s creativity and imagination and its watch-making know how has created a magical and truly exceptional watch: the Lady Arpels Féerie. On the dial of the Féerie watch sits a delicate fairy or "time goddess": modelled on the Midsummer’s night dream fairy clip, her wings and body are entirely set with round diamonds and the perfect oval of her face is represented by a pear shaped diamond. The enchanting novelty of the watch is the way the fairy’s magic wand, the instrument of her spellbinding powers, transforms into a watch hand that points to the hours and how one of her gossamer wings tells the minutes. The watch thus seems part of a fairytale where the main character plays the part of the time maker.
The extraordinary depth of the dial is due to the perspective effect of the hand engraved lozenge patterning or "guilloché" effect. This and the velvet-like intensity of the blue enamel give the impression that the fairy is floating amidst the evening sky.