Parisian jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels (VC&A) is hosting a major exhibition of its fine jewellery and complicated watches in Singapore.
Known for their innovative, quirky mechanisms and sophisticated finishes, VC&A has gone all out. The event features some of the brand’s most luxurious creations, from fascinating complicated watches to incredible high-jewelry sets.
One of the central themes of the exhibition is the brand’s most famous complication, the two-way retrograde display of two lovers on the bridge, the Pont des Amoureux.
Another part of the exhibition is dedicated to the brand’s astronomical complications, including the Lady Arpels Planetarium, a compact 38mm watch that captures the movements of Mercury, Venus, Earth and the Moon on its 3D dial.
Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux – an elegant, effortless combination of high jewellery and innovative watchmaking
Lady Arpels Planetarium – Time is indicated by shooting stars orbiting the dial
At the same time, VC&A is also showcasing its haute horlogerie infused with modern technology. One of the exhibits is the entire Lady Arpels Zodiaque Lumineux collection, each with a luminous constellation dial. The secret of the lighting system lies in a piezoelectric material, activated by the vibrations of the movement, which in turn lights up the LEDs behind the translucent enamel beads that make up the constellation.
Also on display is a range of historical objects from the brand’s museum, including pocket watches, wallet watches, and bracelet watches such as the famous Cadenas bracelet.
But the exhibition is not just about bling and gadgets. A room is dedicated to an in-depth exploration of the brand’s technological achievements. Attending to explain VC&A’s exclusive complications was Rainer Bernard, head of watch development. best online watch store