Van Cleef and Arpels adds jewel-like watches to his Perlée collection ♦ ︎
Proposed in 2008, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Perlée collection is inspired by the 1920s when, for the edge of some jewels, an Egyptian style decoration was used, that became fashionable after the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb (1922).
Renewed this year, as we have already written, the collection now also includes four jewel-watches, which are added to rings, pendants, earrings and a necklace with pendant. The pendant is composed of three rings of different sizes and in different versions: the central circle can be removed and replaced by one of the three other circles with turquoise, coral or onyx beads. Each bead has been shaped and polished by hand.
Perlée’s renewed collection also includes three sets of earrings, a pendant and a ring. As in the already presented jewels, cabochon-cut hard stones were used on yellow or white gold: malachite combined with yellow gold, turquoise with white gold and carnelian with rose gold. Obviously, the motif that gives the collection its name remains the edge of small golden pearls.
A bracelet and a pendant are instead used to accompany the jewel-style watches in secret. A pin allows you to rotate a surface to show the clock face, in mother-of-pearl and surrounded by white diamonds. The rotating cover can be of malachite, lapis lazuli, or diamonds with rose gold. There is also a type of watch that is inspired by those of the 17th century, to be worn hanging on a chain like a long necklace. Alessia Mongrando