Van Cleef & Arpels takes to the air in 2016

Van Cleef & Arpels have released news about one of their new watches that they will be presenting at the upcoming show SIHH, taking place in Geneva from 18 to 22 January 2016. The brand specializes in a very poetic depiction of time (their description The Poetry of Time is a registered trademark), in which…

Van Cleef & Arpels Jour Nuit Oiseaux de Paradis

This Poetic Complication piece by Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Oiseaux de Paradis, has a mechanical automatic movement that has a 24-hour module specially developed for Van Cleef & Arpels, driving the dial that features a bird-of-paradise flower and a moon in diamond. The dial rotates once every 24 hours, slowly changing…

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Coccinelles

At SIHH in January 2015, Van Cleef & Arpels presented two new Poetic Complication watches. This piece, Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Coccinelles, has a mechanical automatic movement driving the hour and minute hands, with an additional 24-hour module powering a disc lying behind the over-dial featuring four-leaved clovers crafted in champlevé enamel. The lower dial…

Van Cleef & Arpels

Company profile: In 1895, Alfred Van Cleef, son of a gemstone-cutter, met Estelle Arpels, daughter of a gemstone dealer. And the consequence was the birth of a business, Van Cleef & Arpels, run initially by Alfred Van Cleef and his father-in-law Salomon Arpels. In 1906, after Salomon’s death, Alfred was joined by Estelle’s brother Charles…

Van Cleef & Arpels at SIHH 2015

Sometimes, a fruit tree can take on a two-year cycle, cropping heavily one year and lightly the next. Perhaps the same is true for some watch brands. After the exceptional Midnight Planétarium last year, this year Van Cleef & Arpels focused on Cadenas, the bracelet with a small quartz watch, a few one-off high jewellery…

SIHH 2015 preview, Van Cleef & Arpels Cadenas

Cadenas looks very different from most Van Cleef & Arpels creations, which are often very French and poetique in their inspiration. Cadenas is, on the other hand, a bracelet-watch that is tough and chunky. Like the Zip necklace, the design was probably inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor – King Edward VIII who…

The solar system on your wrist

Van Cleef & Arpels make complication watches, but the complications are always about telling a story. In the Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication, the story is one of the most beautiful of them all: the planets revolving around the sun. I still think that this piece was one of the highlights of the two major shows…