With the arrival of Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques in Australia (at present in Melbourne, the Sydney boutique due to open on Castlereagh St diagonally opposite to Westfield) and a change in the seasons we bring you the Lady Jour des Fleurs, a 2016 Poetic Complication collection release inspired by seasonal changes.
In a 33mm white gold case and a 40-hour power reserve, the Lady Jour des Fleurs is powered by a manual-wind movement with a 12-hour rotating disc module developed specifically for Van Cleef & Arpels. It is this rotating disk that in their inimitable way, Van Cleef & Arpels have chosen to turn into their latest form of visual poetry.
Through the pierced over-dial you will see a constantly changing scene that is intended to evoke the cycle of the seasons, achieved by the aforementioned rotating disc, which completes two full turns in a day. What is revealed are diamonds, yellow sapphires, pink sapphires, spinels, spessartite and tsavorite garnets, used to show foliage (and berries) from autumn to spring. These are surrounded on the dial with a winter blizzard’s worth of diamonds which also extends to the bezel. It’s a rather dazzling display and an interesting and unusual way of depicting the passage of a day.
The white gold caseback is engraved with motifs taken from the watch dial.
The Lady Jour des Fleurs is available either on a burgundy alligator strap as per what we saw, or an astonishing matching jewelled bracelet which is also bedecked with diamonds and uses the same coloured stones for more leaf depictions.
Major gem-setting undertaking as it is, this new watch will be produced in a numbered edition. The price is on request, so if you’re in Australia and interested, you now have somewhere local to ask.