Van Cleef & Arpels reimagines the art of storytelling through timekeeping, delivering an ode to the ethereal with the Lady Féerie Or Rose Watch. Infusing high craftsmanship with poetic elegance, this limited edition timepiece invites you to experience a tale as old as time in a mesmerizing new light.
When it comes to distilling the very essence of enchantment into wearable art, few names resonate as profoundly as Van Cleef & Arpels. Unveiled at the Watches and Wonders 2023, the Maison’s latest horological masterpiece, the Lady Féerie Or Rose watch, sets a new standard for luxury timepieces by merging unparalleled craftsmanship with an air of dreamlike whimsy.
The 33 mm petite case serves as the theatre stage for a beguiling narrative, where a delicate fairy with a wand orchestrates the ballet of minutes and hours. Residing atop a cloud of iridescent mother-of-pearl, she is an otherworldly muse garbed in a gown of diamonds, pink sapphires, and miniature gold paintings. Her diaphanous wings are masterpieces in their own right, crafted using an exquisite blend of translucent and opaque pink enamels in a technique known as plique-à-jour, then meticulously set with diamonds to dance in the ambient light.
The watch face itself is a journey from day to night, a dusk-lit sky of pink hues, artfully captured by Van Cleef & Arpels’ enamelling virtuosos to coordinate seamlessly with the enamelled wings. Beneath the fairy, an aperture of mother-of-pearl transitions in color from pearly white to the rich plum of twilight, cradling the delicate gold sun as it sets in a crescendo of fuchsia.
Flip the watch to reveal its underside, and you are greeted with an astronomical tableau: a lustrous full moon illuminates a sky of engraved stars, all encased beneath a sapphire crystal dome adorned with ethereal, enamelled clouds.
Mechanically, the Lady Féerie is as sublime as its aesthetics suggest, boasting a self-winding mechanism with jumping hours and retrograde minutes. The watch’s curved sapphire glass is an architectural triumph. It not only adds an extra dimension to the petite fairy but also optimizes the entry of light, amplifying the interplay of shimmer and shadow across this remarkable timepiece.
In a world where technology often eclipses tradition, the Lady Féerie Or Rose reminds us of the irreplaceable magic that arises from the marriage of craftsmanship and imagination. Here, every minute becomes a moment, each hour a chapter in a never-ending tale of beauty and wonder—truly a poetic complication in every sense of the term.