SIHH 2013 has seen some amazing watches this year such as the Rotonde de Cartier, the Cartier crash series and Vacheron Constantin’s Metiers d’Art Foliage collection. However, nothing looks quite as precious or as delicate a Van Cleef & Arpel’s new collection. The collection draws upon the brand’s most cherished icons and a multitude of imagery and metiers d’art. The entire collection has been made with a delicate blend of engraving, sculpture, miniature painting, and enameling—all using precious materials like enamel, mother of pearl, lacquer, gold, and course diamonds. Van Cleef & Arpels Charms watch collection is quite amazing, and with the latest additions, it is absolutely breathtaking. The four new symbols to be added to the collection are the lily of the valley, the lotus flower, the dandelion, and the swallow. Each new piece has been adorned with a triple row of diamonds and colored stones on the bezel versus the traditional single row.
Charms Extraordinaire Féérie Dandelion
It is the first new addition to the updated charms watch collections. It features a butterfly-winged fairy on a translucent blue lacquer dial. The fairy is seen blowing at a diamond-studded dandelion, making a wish that seems to come true in the form of the dandelion charm. The fairy is not a mere painting but an actual miniature sculpture with a rose-cut diamond face and enameled wings. Even in the lacquered base, the incredible detail can be seen that gives the watch an almost dream-like feeling. The case has been made in white gold and is supported by a standard quartz movement.
Charms Extraordinaire Muguet –
The Muguet watch sees the poetic influences in the watch; the dial depicts a fairy sitting amongst what looks like the Garden of Eden. Her flower skirt has been brightened with sparkling diamonds, as she seems to let a butterfly fly out of her hands. The free butterfly then manifests itself in the form of a charm attached to the case. A pink gold case has been adorned with a three-line bezel of diamonds and yellow sapphires, which are contrasted with a green strap. The gorgeous painting has been added to a mother of pearl base.
Charms Extraordinaire Hirodelles (swallow) –
The Hirodelles watch portrays two graceful swallows on a bed of flowers; the watch represents the coming of spring and is perfect for this time of year. A cloud-shaped charm works in tandem with the swallow to make the watch seem light and airy. The bezel has been set with diamonds and pink and violet sapphires. The dial itself sees the chest of the swallow decorated with diamonds.
Charms Extraordinaire Lotus –
The Lotus is not just a beautiful flower but a symbol of inner peace n many cultures. This lucky charm has been created using an enameling technique that gives each flower pet a unique character. The flower-shaped lotus charm will become a peaceful talisman for all those stressful days. The bezel has been gorgeously set with diamonds, blue sapphires, and Paraíba tourmalines. A pink strap adds brightness to the delicate flower.