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  • Design
  • Métiers d'Art
  • Non-classified

Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons

Van Cleef & Arpels 2016

Women's

Van Cleef & Arpels has never approached watchmaking in a typical way, preferring to use technique in order to tell a story, as already shown with its Pont des Amoureux watch. This year's Ronde des Papillons is no exception. Several technical specificities distinguish this watch: retrograde hours are shown by a swallow while minutes are indicated by a trio of butterflies which appear in turn and move at different speeds. At the push of a button, they flutter around the dial not in one hour but in ten seconds before resuming their usual flight at exactly the right time, as the mechanical movement catches up the ten seconds of the butterflies' dance. For this timepiece, Van Cleef & Arpels has used the decorative arts of miniature painting, engraving, and crafting of mother-of-pearl.

Function

  • Function
    Hours, Minutes

Complications

  • Display
    Retrograde display
    Jumping display

Movement

  • Energy supply
    Self-winding
  • Power reserve
    40 hours
  • Form
    Round
  • Diameter
    mm

Case

  • Form
    Round
  • Material
    18k white gold with diamonds
  • Diameter
    38.00 mm
  • Back
    Sapphire

Dial

  • Material
    Mother-of-pearl, engraved white gold, miniature painting

Strap

  • Material
    Alligator
  • Colour
    Anthracite grey
  • Fastening
    Pin buckle

Artistic crafts

  • Type of artistic crafts
    Engraving, Gem-setting
  • Other
    Miniature painting