From January 16 to January 20, 2017, the eyes of all watches enthusiasts were pointed at Geneva where the 27th edition of SIHH (Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie) took place.
SIHH is the year’s first gathering of professionals in the watchmaking segment. Held in January, it sets the tone for the twelve months to come as it rolls out the latest trends. Here are some of the highlights that characterized – brand by brand – the last edition of the world-renowned show.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Highlighting the Enchanting Nature™ identified with Van Cleef & Arpels, butterflies and fairies this year offer a new experience of the passage of time, unveiled with dreamlike wonder and harmony. Across an array of new pieces, these emblematic figures appear in volume, in movement or at the center of subtle tableaux, creating a sense of marvel. Technical innovation and imperious craftsmanship come together within each creation. The resulting masterpieces set the heart beating to the unique rhythm of the Poetry of Time™.
LADY ARPELS PAPILLON AUTOMATE WATCH
To mark the SIHH 2017, Enchanting Nature comes to life as never before on the new Lady Arpels™ Papillon Automate watch. Equipped with a particularly advanced automaton module, it depicts the random fluttering of a butterfly, moving in accompaniment to the movements of the watch’s wearer. A mutual relationship comes into being, as the hours slip by against a pastoral backdrop. The entire scene is brightened by a wide range of traditional crafts, gathered together at Van Cleef & Arpels’ watchmaking workshops in Meyrin, Switzerland.
CHARMS EXTRAORDINAIRE FÉE ROSE DE NUIT WATCH
An ode to nature and womanliness, this creation portrays a fairy in white gold and diamond, admiring a flower of sculpted mother-of-pearl. These relief elements give depth to the dial, embellished with midnight blue miniature painting. The intricacies of the starry sky, punctuated with diamonds, continue on the bezel in the form of a gradation of sapphires and diamonds. A floral charm, recalling the decoration of the dial, elegantly accompanies the movements of the wrist. The same attention to detail can be seen on the rear of the case, which is decorated with a rosebud and fairy in bas-relief.
CHARMS EXTRAORDINAIRE FÉE SAKURA WATCH
First revealed at the inauguration of the Ginza boutique, this watch – inspired by cherry trees in bloom – is now on display at SIHH 2017. Against a deep pink backdrop, the dial employs several traditional skills to depict Enchanting Nature: mother-of-pearl – sculpted and painted by hand – traces subtle flowers, while the corollas in the foreground are embellished with cabochonné enamel, which gives the petals an opalescent relief feeling.
AUTOMATE FÉE ONDINE
On the occasion of the SIHH 2017, Van Cleef & Arpels is pleased to reveal its first Extraordinary Object: the Automate Fée Ondine. The fruit of long years’ work and an rigorous collaboration with automaton maker François Junod, the project also owes its existence to the savoir-faire of the numerous craftsmen who have taken part in its creation. Bringing together the jewelry and watchmaking traditions, this unique piece symbolizes a new chapter for the Maison, in keeping with precious objects such as carriage and table clocks. The highly complex mechanism – which animates various elements and also tells the time – gives pride of place to an ephemeral poetry: movement and lightness, the elegance of nature, the sophistication of a fairy waking from sleep and the nuances of precious stones and enamel. This bejeweled tableau comes to life with infinite finesse. The Maison’s imagination, creativity and attachment to ancestral crafts have come together in this Extraordinary Object to instill a dreamlike sense of marvel.
JEWELS THAT TELL TIME
At the crossroads of Watchmaking and High Jewelry, Van Cleef & Arpels continues to discover its creative universe with the collections jewels that tell the time. Whether graphic or figurative, they show a wealth of savoir-faire and lend a sparkle to time – revealing it in glimpses or even cloaking it in secret. Mystery watches – created by the Maison since the 1930s – surprise with their hidden treasures. They have all the luxury of jewelry, with dials that remain invisible before being discretely uncovered. Sliding a precious bow, opening a diamond chest or glancing at a mirror are so many ways of playing with time.
HEURE MARINE WATCH
To mark the SIHH, the Maison is highlighting its High Jewelry savoir-faire with unique watches recently completed at its workshops. Inspired by the wonder of the sea, the Heure Marine piece combines the technical prowess of a secret watch with the discretion of a womanly jewel.
CERF-VOLANT LONG NECKLACE WATCH
All Van Cleef & Arpels’ inspiration and High Jewelry expertise come together in this long necklace watch and its uncommon way of telling the time. At first glance, a long necklace deploys fluid rows of onyx beads while retaining a precious case. The tones of the necklace – the dark gleam of spinels and onyx, the white of diamonds and cultured pearls and the red of rubies – are echoed on the case adorned with onyx, mother-of-pearl and a kite in Traditional Mystery Set. The latter attracts the attention: by pressing the cabochon-cut ruby, the lid lowers to reveal a mirror that reflects the watch’s dial. Delicate and stylish, this presentation of time is made possible by an anticlockwise quartz movement that enables the hour to be read in an astounding play of reflections.
RUBAN SECRET DIAMONDS WATCH
Secret watches – a much-loved tradition at Van Cleef & Arpels – here encounter the world of couture that the Maison has interpreted since the 1920s. Two new, highly flexible creations reinterpret the fluidity of a ribbon, gracefully circling the wrist. Crowned with a shining bow – which opens to show the dial – they disguise or expose the time in keeping with their wearer’s mood. While one, in white gold, is adorned with round diamonds from its dial to the bracelet, the other – in pink gold – is embellished with a harmonious gradation of pink sapphires and diamonds. The Maison’s jewelry expertise can also be seen in the bracelet’s articulation, which maintains the continuity between the links when worn on the wrist. A high standard of comfort is thus combined with visual appeal, creating stunning plays of light.
RUBAN SECRET SAPPHIRES WATCH
Secret watches – a much-loved tradition at Van Cleef & Arpels – here encounter the world of couture that the Maison has interpreted since the 1920s. Two new, highly flexible creations reinterpret the fluidity of a ribbon, gracefully circling the wrist. Crowned with a glittering bow – which opens to show the dial – they hide or reveal the time in keeping with their wearer’s mood. While one, in white gold, is adorned with round diamonds from its dial to the bracelet, the other – in pink gold – is embellished with a harmonious gradation of pink sapphires and diamonds. The Maison’s jewelry savoir-faire can also be seen in the bracelet’s articulation, which maintains the continuity between the links when worn on the wrist. A high standard of comfort is thus combined with aesthetic appeal, creating dazzling plays of light.
BOUTON D’OR WATCH
Launched in 2016, the jewelry collection Bouton d’or™ is inspired by a motif known as the paillette, created in the late 1930s. To mark the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2017, Van Cleef & Arpels is unveiling a watch with round lines that echoes its joyful and graphic style. Yellow gold sets the tone for this new creation, which combines the paillettes’ sunny glow with the brilliance of diamond. Continuing the collection’s unique interplays of volume and reflections, the bracelet is made up of three rows of concave or convex elements with a round diamond nestling at their center. Fully set with stones, the concave dial accentuates this effect of sparkling surfaces.
RUBY CADENAS WATCH
The Cadenas™ collection, whose bold and distinctive aesthetic has stood the test of time, is this year enhanced with two jewelry models. Faithful to the watch’s original aesthetic, they adorn the wrist with a double snake chain and are embellished with precious stones. The pink gold version is enlivened with princess-cut rubies on the upper part of the case and the clasp. Their flamboyant color contrasts with the mother-of-pearl dial, whose 12 hour-markers make telling the time easy. On the dazzling second model, white gold combines with diamonds in serti neige style setting to bring brilliance and life to the case, dial and clasp. This piece is further enhanced by the deep green hue of princess-cut emeralds, highlighting the graphic lines of the watch.
EMERALD CADENAS WATCH
The Cadenas™ collection, whose daring and unique aesthetic has stood the test of time, is this year improved with two jewelry models. Faithful to the watch’s original aesthetic, they adorn the wrist with a double snake chain and are adorned with precious stones. The pink gold version is enlivened with princess-cut rubies on the upper part of the case and the clasp. Their flamboyant color contrasts with the mother-of-pearl dial, whose 12 hour-markers make telling the time easy. On the stunning second model, white gold combines with diamonds in serti neige style setting to bring magnificence and life to the case, dial and clasp. This piece is further boosted by the deep green hue of princess-cut emeralds, showcasing the graphic lines of the watch.