Monaco, Sep 23, 2011

LOT 38

Van Cleef & Arpels, Poetic Complication® for Only Watch Van Cleef & Arpels, Poetic Complication® ?From the Earth to the Moon?, Pièce Unique, No. 1/1, case No. 3460177. Very fine and unique, water resistant, 18K white gold retrograde wristwatch with champlevé enamel dial and 18K white gold Van Cleef & Arpels deployant clasp. Accompanied by fitted box and Certificate.

Case: Two body, solid, polished and brushed, concave lugs, rounded and enamelled bezel repeating the decorations on the dial, hand engraved case back with 6 screws representing a rocket and the Moon, cabochon set agate crown, sapphire crystal. Dial: Champlevé enamel black jade dial depicting an imaginary sky dotted with stars and planets. On the right-hand side of the dial Arabic numerals with the space rocket travelling towards the Moon from top to bottom, indicating the minutes from zero to sixty; on the left-hand side Arabic numerals and a star showing the hours from zero to twelve, from bottom to top. Agate planet represented into the center of the dial. White gold ?star? and ?rocket? fancy hands. Movement: Swiss Mechanical retrograde movement based on Jaeger Lecoultre 846 movement with a module developped exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels. Power reserve : 30 hours Number of jewels : 30 Diameter 42 mm.

Wish Price EUR 100,000 - 150,000

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As early as 1910, the Maison made the decision to design watch collections in the same spirit as its fine jewellery. Haute Joaillerie watches are the embodiment of Van Cleef & Arpels? savoir-faire. The extraordinary craftsmanship of the Maison?s ??Mains d?Or??, rigorous selection of exceptional stones and confident creativity push back the boundaries of the imagination to create instantly recognisable and universally appealing designs. This unique elegance and style, combined with supreme technical expertise, also characterises the Poetic Complications® collection. Van Cleef & Arpels? Poetic Complications® watches are not just beautifully decorated timepieces. First and foremost, each watch tells a story and sets our imagination on fire. Only after conceiving each story does the Maison ask its talented watchmakers and craftsmen to bring the tale to life. Each new model is a challenge, with technical innovations complementing and enhancing the originality of the design. Van Cleef & Arpels has once again accepted the call by the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophies to help fund research into this disease. The Maison has created especially for this auction a unique Poetic Complication® watch, inspired by Jules Verne. The From the Earth to the Moon watch is a brilliant demonstration of Van Cleef & Arpels? extraordinary creativity and expertise. It also provides a message of hope: for years people dreamed of conquering space and walking on the Moon, and they eventually realized their dream? Poetic Complication is a trademark of Van Cleef & Arpels