The magical creator created two very different creatures, man and woman. As a representative animal of a sentimental animal, no matter at what stage, the woman will have an imaginative pursuit of dreams, poetry, and romance. The reason why I talk about this topic today is that as a woman, I am also a watch. Fans have always been beyond the normal love and affection for Van Cleef & Arpels. Since launching the poetic complication Féérie watch six years ago, Van Cleef & Arpels launched the Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée watch in 2013, which reproduces the female’s exquisite and feminine curves. The half-man and half-butterfly ballerina blends the images of the fairy and the ballerina, and inherits the classic design theme of the century-old family.
The design of Van Cleef & Arpels ballet dancers originated in the 1940s. The earliest design of the playful and elegant brooches was very popular and was very popular with collectors. Louis Arpels (brother of Estelle Arpels) settled in New York at that time, and nephew Claude has been in love with dance art for many years. Driven by them, Van Cleef & Arpels used this as a model to design a variety of ballet dancer brooches, among which the inspirational muse included the 18th-century dancer LaCamargo and the famous Russian chief ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. Their sculpted figures transformed into various jewellery works in various poses, wearing magnificent costumes paved with precious stones, and their delicate faces turned into a dazzling rose-cut diamond. The story of Van Cleef & Arpels and the world of dance does not end there.
Before talking about this watch, I actually want to describe the Van Cleef & Arpels booth at the Geneva Watch Fair in 2013. The whole is mainly purple, with numerous butterflies hanging in the air. The clever suspension design makes each Each butterfly has a more flying feel. Not so much as this is the brand’s booth, in fact, here is more like a fantasy wonderland.
Next, let’s get back to business. In fact, about this Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée watch in 2013, its birth dates back to a rare encounter, and it also allowed Van Cleef & Arpels’ ballet to continue to be melodious. Claude Arpels met the famous choreographer George Balanchine in New York and invited him to visit Van Cleef & Arpels boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York. The two like-minded people also love beautiful gemstones. Finally, they jointly created the new ballet dance ‘Jewels’, which was inspired by emeralds, rubies and diamonds, and premiered in New York in April 1967.
The influence of the themes in ‘Jewels’ on Van Cleef & Arpels’ creation continues to this day. The fairy and ballerina designs born in 1940 also added elements such as elf, goddess of the sea and butterfly fairy, such as the Notte Azzurra brooch from the Bals de Légende legendary prom high jewelry series (2011). In 2013, Van Cleef & Arpels launched the new Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée watch. The design inspiration was a word from Anna Pavlova, in which the artistic conception and the century-old family image of Van Cleef & Arpels complement each other. Devote my whole life to dancing like a light butterfly ‘
The Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée watch has an 18K white gold case with a diameter of 40.5 mm. The bezel is set with bright diamonds, and the regular diamond setting process makes the light of the diamonds create a dreamlike effect for the watch.
The exquisite precious metal ballet dancers are miniature statues crafted by craftsmen with delicate hands, diamonds on the waist and face, and set off the dancer’s beautiful figure and bright appearance. The layered ballet skirts are light and airy, showing the magic of watchmaking. The carved enamel corolla on the inner circle is the dancer’s colored clothing, like a beautiful butterfly dancing softly.
The outer tulle resembles a pair of hollow wings, indicating the time between flying ups and downs. The dancer gracefully stands in front of the carved pattern background, and its radial pattern adds luster to the dial. The multi-layer transparent big fire enamel makes the dial design more dynamic and glorious.
The watch face is adorned with crystal clear diamonds as the time scale, and it is also sporadicly decorated at the background. The overall feeling is like the blue starry sky silently thinking that the dancers are silently passing between the openings and skirts , Poetic.
The bottom of the table uses an impenetrable design, and is engraved with the pattern of famous ballet dancers and the corresponding text.
Van Cleef & Arpels used the double retrograde movement with the time display, and once again cleverly interpreted the time in a poetic way. The retrograde display makes the pointer no longer rotate around the axis, but draws a beautiful radian one minute and one second, then returns to the original position, and then starts another cycle. As long as the button at 8 o’clock is pressed, the ballerina’s skirt immediately dances with time: the first layer of tulle rises to the hour position, and the other layer of tulle moves to the minute position to display the time. After a short pause, the dance skirt returned to its original position at the same time. The essence of the design of this complication watch lies in its smooth movements-the ballerina pats her wings, her posture is elegant and freehand.
Summary: In fact, this watch continues some of the charm of the bridge of lovers, all including a kind of quiet girl feelings. Of course, as for ‘Jewels’, I would like to imagine this encounter as the story of Bo Ya and the childhood. It is also beautiful and affectionate. Therefore, as an individual, I don’t want to know too much about the details of the machinery. I believe that such an artwork that surpasses the industrial age is its pure story and poetic mood.