Two masterpieces of fine jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels: the Cosmos and Chrysanthemum Secret bracelets-watches ♦ ︎
Two other watch-bracelets, high watchmaking that is above all high-end jewelry signed Van Cleef & Arpels. Le Jardin of the French Maison, that is, the series of exceptional jewelry timepieces of floral genre, includes many pieces. And all with a secret to keep.
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The Cosmos bracelet-watch, for example, are inspired by the shape of the flowers of Van Cleef & Arpels born in the fifties. In this case, however, the petals hide a secret, that is, a diamond dial. To find out, just turn the corolla, which is dimensional and has inclined petals. Each petal is distinguished from the others by subtle variations in size, shape and orientation, creating an asymmetry that moves the composition. To maximize the brilliance, diamonds cover the petals with pavé up to 18 stones. Another example of goldsmith virtuosity applied to fine jewelry is the Chrysanthemum Secret Watch. In this case the chrysanthemum flower explains its petals in a spiral of diamonds and pink sapphires that form a nuance. Thanks to an imperceptible mechanism, the heart rises to reveal an autumn-colored dial composed of thick red and orange garnets. Also noteworthy is the idea of using both yellow and pink gold, which contrast with the white gold and diamond bracelet.