At the upcoming SIHH 2017, Van Cleef & Arpels will bring a finishing touch-the new Lady Arpels ™ Papillon Automate watch, Make the Enchanting Nature ™ collection look charming again. This watch is equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement specially developed by the family to depict the butterfly dance, letting people appreciate the passage of time in the picturesque rural scenery. Van Cleef & Arpels watch masters in the watchmaking workshop in Meyrin, Switzerland, use a variety of traditional craftsmanship and craftsmanship, to make watches brilliant.
Since the 1920s, butterflies have been one of the creative themes cherished by the family. This year, the colorful butterfly gracefully debuted with a new image, showing the extraordinary vitality of nature on an automatic watch. Under the crystal mirror is the poetic painting of the idyllic world. The graceful butterflies fly into the idyllic and wait on the petals. As the hour and minute hands on the right side of the dial move slowly, the butterfly will inadvertently vibrate its wings 2 to 5 times according to the change of power reserve, and the vivid rhythm will become more moody.
When the watch is not moving, the butterfly is also set to dance 19 times per hour, with a rhythmic rhythm, flapping its wings up to 100 times. When wearing the watch, the butterfly dance speeds up. If the wrist moves frequently, the butterfly wings can be fanned hundreds of times in a very short time-30 minutes.
The ultimate elegant dance can also be performed casually, just by pressing the manual module button, the butterfly can flap its wings 5 times in a row.
The craftsmanship of Van Cleef & Arpels
The Lady Arpels Papillon Automate watch incorporates many exquisite craftsmanship, each decorative element is patchwork, forming a three-dimensional relief effect, elegant and extraordinary. The family has selected a number of decorative techniques to capture the vitality and elegance of nature. The ‘golden hand’ stationed at Van Cleef & Arpels’ watchmaking workshop in Meyrin is the leader of these craftsmen. The entire dial is made in Geneva, Switzerland and features a number of enamel techniques. The butterfly wings are delicately decorated with two-color painted glass enamel and stop on the carved mother-of-pearl with iridescence.
Filled with enamel, the flowers reveal a soft light blue, and the branches and leaves are painted with curved glass enamel to bring out rich gradient colors. The two are perfectly harmonized and contrast each other. New technology developed exclusively by Van Cleef & Arpels, cleverly combines transparency and three-dimensional effects, highlighting the depth of layers on the dial. The dial craftsmanship focuses on elegant taste: the decorative metal foil under the transparent enamel turns into a bright moon, reflected in the lake water inlaid with blue, pink-violet and purple sapphires. The sparkling flower crown is adorned with round and pear-shaped diamonds. The white gold case back echoes the fascinating scenery of the dial, and the oscillating weight of the butterfly dance is also noble and elegant, continuing the romantic poetic mood.
Lady Arpels Papillon Automate
38 mm white gold case, diamond bezel, diamond crown
Dial: round and pear-shaped diamonds, blue and pink-purple sapphires, mother-of-pearl. Using filled enamel,
Sheet metal inlays, stained glass and curved stained glass enamel.
Case back: engraved yellow gold and sapphire crystal, revealing a finely carved balance rotor
Self-winding mechanical movement exclusively developed by Van Cleef & Arpels,
Equipped with random automatic components and manual module buttons.
The movement has four Van Cleef & Arpels patented designs.
Blue alligator strap with white gold and diamond buckle
Limited numbered edition