If you aren’t familiar with Van Cleef & Arpels, then it’s time to brush up on your haute joaillerie & horlogerie knowledge. But to keep the boat moving, I’ll sum it up for you in brief – Van Cleef & Arpels makes some of the most interesting, unusual, and visually intricate watches currently in production. While fairies, flowers, and butterflies are their thing (and not for everyone), there is something magical about what VC&A does that any true horology nut can appreciate. Take their enameling department: They have 20 dedicated enamelers in their manufacture, all hard at work creating little miniature masterpieces. And they don’t hold back from pushing the limits in the movement department, either. That’s why, when they decided to re-launch the Pont des Amoureux this year in a new ladies’ version, they created an entirely new movement based on the Valfleurier Q020, with six different enamel dial scenes – all with the option to have gem-set bracelets.
The Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux is the newest version of what has become a popular line within Van Cleef’s range of Poetic Complications. The original Pont des Amoureux features a retrograde display in which the gal indicates the hours and the guy tells the minutes. When they meet at the top (noon or midnight) they lean in and kiss. For the new version introduced today, however, you can press a button and have the couple kiss on demand. The Valfleurier Q020 inside this watch is also the movement base for the Ronde des Papillons, and uses largely the same technology to move the couple toward their rendezvous.
The watch itself took four years to develop, with each dial taking 40 hours to create in enamel. The Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux comes in six variations: one night version in white gold, one day version in rose gold; and versions for all four seasons, with spring and fall in rose gold and summer and winter in white gold. Each is available on a strap, with some available on a gem-set bracelets with 877 parts and 734 stones. Oh, and the links have been cut just …read more