Van Cleef & Arpels is adding to its highly jewelled and complicated Poetry of Time family with a Lady Arpels Planétarium timepiece showing Mercury, Venus and Earth — with our moon depicted as a diamond — rotating around the sun.
It has been four years since Van Cleef & Arpels created its first Midnight Planétarium watch, and the new addition also uses a movement developed exclusively for the maison that shows the sun’s closest planets orbiting in correct time: 88 days for Mercury, 224 days for Venus and 365 days for Earth.
In a key innovation for the 2018 piece, which will be unveiled at SIHH in January, the moon rotates around the Earth in 29.5 days.
The Lady Arpels case, 38-mm in diameter and set with diamonds in the bezel and sides of the case, houses the celestial dial on the front, while the back has two apertures displaying the day, month and year.
The aventurine face has the Sun in pink gold, a shooting star in rhodium-plated gold, Mercury in pink mother of pearl, Venus in green enamel, Earth in turquoise, and its moon in diamond.
Each numbered watch is offered on a blue glitter alligator strap with a white gold pin buckle set with diamonds or white gold bracelet set with diamonds