Van Cleef & Arpels: Twenty thousand leagues under the sea/2011
The eye slowly descends from the shimmering blue at the surface of the water to the dark blue in the sombre depths. A man in a diving suit is exploring the contours of the sea floor. Case in white gold. Translucent paillonné enamel. Movement 800P automatic. Strap in alligator leather with folding clasp. Limited edition of 22 pieces.
For this particular piece in the 2011 collection, Dominique Baron, the specialist to whom Van Cleef & Arpels has entrusted the enamelling of these dials, employs the technique of paillonné enamel. The first layer consists of a very fine sheet of gold or silver onto which several coats of translucent enamel are then applied. With this precious metal as its base, the enamel dramatically increases in brilliance.