watches, as the daughter of astronomy, is not ungrateful. Its artisans have never looked back and continue to invent mechanisms of a complexity impressive link with the cosmos. Phases of the Moon, equation of time, day/night indication, the display of the celestial vault… These complications are the dreams of the fans. For the past ten years, Van Cleef & Arpels draws on the watchmaking tradition but seeks systematically to associate a supplement of poetry and aesthetics.
“More than the technical achievement, we find ourselves in this theme the sky a universe decorative in line with our history of jewellery,” says Nicolas Bos, president of the brand.In the spirit of the planetariums of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries, when the scientific precision competes with the artistic side, we think of watches, including the calibre is put to the service of a story.”
After the Midnight in Paris watch in 2008, representing the vault of heaven of the City of light on a dial of aventurine, evolving to the rhythm of the seasons, or even the model Midnight Planétarium in 2014, with its four stars precious stones performing their own revolution around a sun in pink gold, the jeweller of the place Vendôme has just unveiled its twelve Midnight Zodiac Bright. On a dial of blue enamel, the astrological sign is drawn to the white gold and the constellation corresponding lights up with each press of the push-button to the left of the dial. After three years of research and testing, it is ultimately a system that is entirely mechanical, piezoelectricity, which has been retained. The light that appears as if by magic under the minidiodes white enamel comes from the watch movement (automatic), which creates vibrations stored by a blade in the piezoceramic, which then creates electrical energy.
Like all the others, this project has seen the light of day in Meyrin, near Geneva, in the watchmaking workshops of the house, where are carried out the developments as well as the assembly. Here, the crafts workshop of art, consisting now of fifty engravers, painters and sculptors, is invited more and more to tell stories that are valuable, which are also open to men.