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Lady Arpels Papillon Automate

Van Cleef & Arpels 2017

Women's

Montre Lady Arpels Papillon Automate square

 

 

An automaton module brings this Van Cleef

& Arpels watch to life with a butterfly that flutters its wings seemingly

at random and up to four times in a row, according to the amount of power in

the mainspring. Not just the number but the frequency is a surprise, as the

butterfly moves its wings every two to four minutes when the watch is resting,

and more often when it is worn. This dial animation also comes to life on demand,

at the press of a button. Various decorative crafts have contributed to this

delightful scene: sculpted mother-of-pearl for the flower, plique-à-jour enamel

for the butterfly's gold wings, champlevé enamel and miniature painting for the

foliage, paillonnée enamel for the moon, and gem-setting for the water and

corollas. The back of the case and the oscillating weight are decorated with a

bas-relief.

 

 

Function

  • Function
    Hours, Minutes

Complications

  • Display
    Automata

Movement

  • Energy supply
    Self-winding

Case

  • Form
    Round
  • Material
    White gold
  • Diameter
    40.00 mm
  • Back
    Sapphire

Strap

  • Material
    Alligator
  • Colour
    Blue
  • Fastening
    Pin buckle

Artistic crafts

  • Type of stones
    Diamonds and sapphires
  • Type of artistic crafts
    Enamelling, Engraving, Gem-setting
  • Other
    miniature painting