Without a doubt, the house of Van Cleef & Arpels is where fairytales are made. For its latest collection of timepieces, entitled ‘Charms Extraordinaire Langage des Fleurs’, the high jeweler turned to its most valued source of inspiration: nature.
Adorned with blossoming bouquets of forget-me-nots, daffodils, lilacs, buttercups, crocuses, and wallflowers, the three-piece collection embodies the poetry of spring in the most beautiful way. The masterfully hand-painted Mother-of-Pearl dials are framed with three rows of diamonds, with each watch featuring brilliant diamonds, colored sapphires, and a stunning rotating charm.
Discover your favorite ‘Charms Extraordinaire Langage des Fleurs’ timepiece by watching the video below and clicking through the gallery to see the watches come to life, step by step.
Representing the language of love, wallflowers, forget-me-nots, and cyclamen symbolize memory, beauty, and everlasting sentiments.
The ‘Charms Extraordinaire Amour’ timepiece highlights the craftsmen’s deft and intricate work that brings the dial to life. A pear-shaped pink sapphire represents a cyclamen bud.
The cyclamen flowers appear to be in motion, thanks to the enchanting sculpture on the painted mother-of-pearl.
The finished ‘Charms Extraordinaire Amour’ timepiece, made of a pink gold case, bezel set with diamonds, pink sapphires, a pink gold rotating charm, and alligator leather bracelets.
Starting work on the ‘Charms Extraordinaire Désir’ timepiece, which is adorned with lilacs – synonymous with young love – and crocuses blooming on the dial thanks to intricate ‘cabochonné’ enamel work.
The crocus is a symbol of happiness, and also spins around the dial as a charm; its movement highlights the bezel’s gradation of pink and violet sapphires.
The dial is decorated with crocuses and lilacs, which represent the poetry of spring.
Also made of mother-of-pearl, this dial is made of white gold, ‘cabochonné’ enamel, pink sapphires, amethysts, and yellow gold.
The buttercup in the ‘Charms Extraordinaire Espérance’timepiece in ‘cabochonné’ enamel, which symbolizes beauty.
The mother-of-pearl dials are decorated using various traditional craft skills, including miniature painting in two or three dimensions and ‘cabochonné’ enameling.
Using a thick layer of enamel, the dial is embellished with rounded motifs. The depth of the unpolished material contributes volume, sparkle, and plays of light to the dial’s ornamentation.
The flowers depicted in the collection are powerful symbols. The watch’s dial is adorned with bouquets bearing messages of hope, love, and desire.
Photos and video: Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels