VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Charms Extraordinaire Hirondelles Watch with Diamonds, Sapphires, mounted in 18k Rose Gold.
This limited edition timepiece is one of four enchanting designs within the “Charms Extraordinaire” series introduced by Van Cleef & Arpels in 2013. The Hirondelles – or Swallows – render two graceful diamond-bellied birds on a bed of flowers and clouds; signifying the coming of spring. The nest-building pair also represent love and fortune – both of which are cherished themes that echo throughout the history of the Van Cleef & Arpels collections. That said, the Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaire Hirondelles Watch is iconic to the Maison as well as its Extraordinary Dials™ creations.
In addition, the fabrication of this watch combines master skill of rare techniques by select goldsmiths and watchmakers alike. The mother-of-pearl dial features exceptional engraving. In the same vein, a miniature painting atop of mother-of-pearl in graduating tones of blue, pink and mauve contrast the dark shape of the birds. The scene’s colors overflow on to the surrounding bezel, which features the finest of diamonds, as well as radiant pink and violet sapphires. In tradition with the characteristics of the Charms Watch Collection series, an ethereal diamond cloud gently floats from the bezel. Complimenting the 32mm timepiece is a reptilian pattern band in fuchsia leather.
Measures 32mm in diameter. Swiss Made, Quartz Movement. Limited Edition, Signed “Van Cleef & Arpels“; circa 2013.