Storytelling comes to artistic life as Van Cleef & Arpels narrates a charming tale of young romance in Paris with their three new, absolutely exquisite Charms Extraordinaire timepieces.
Part of their much-coveted Extraordinary Dials collection, each of these beautiful creations expresses a couple’s ever-increasing feelings of love with the passage of time, with an intricate tableaux of changing scenery and expanding dials. All the while, a lucky charm twirls playfully around each piece as if revelling in the wonder of such passion. The love story unfolds in some of the French capital’s most famous locations. While a miniature painting on the dial showcases the developing narrative, elegant engraving on the case back takes the tale forward with delicate detailing — every scene coming to life under the exceptional expertise of highly skilled craftsmen. It is this ability to create such remarkable compositions using traditional artistry that defines the visionary excellence of Van Cleef & Arpels.
[All images via Van Cleef & Arpels]
Charms Romance Parisienne Rencontre Watch
The journey of love starts on a bridge. The early morning sun spreads a warm glow over the historic Pont des Arts bridge, which curves gracefully over the River Seine. A young couple, a man and a woman, meet; their rose-gold silhouettes facing each other in the flush of new love. A spessartite garnet sun and fine champlevé enamel work set the beautiful setting, as depicted on the 25 mm dial, aglow, while a stunning diamonds and pink sapphires-studded bezel wraps around the scene.
Charms Romance Parisienne Retrouvailles Watch
Awash in the midnight-blue shades of the night, the two lovers meet again on a balcony, under the shimmering glow of a crescent-shaped diamond moon, as the Place Vendôme looks on in the distance. Painted mother-of-pearls curtains frame the sides of the 32 mm dial set in white gold. Delicate enamelling and gold carving caress the miniature painting, surrounded by a glittering array of diamonds and blue diamonds on the bezel.
Charms Romance Parisienne Promenade Watch
Recalling the lushness of nature, this 38 mm yellow gold watch depicts the golden sculpted lovers in the vividly green gardens of Champs de Mars, against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower. The yellow sapphire-studded sun shines down on the mother-of-pearls and champlevé enameled scene, even as diamonds, blue sapphires and tsavorite garnets add a sense of grace to the charming scenario.