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Van Cleef Arpels Extraordinary Dials Midnight Constellations | Gallus, Aquila, Pegasus and Phoenix

Marina Milojević | 06.12.14 | 03:33 AM

Introducing Van Cleef & Arpels Extraordinary Dials Midnight Constellations Collection dedicated to the Gallus, Aquila, Pegasus and Phoenix.

On the occasion of the SIHH 2014 exhibition, the famous Parisian jewelry, watch and fragrance company - Van Cleef & Arpels – launched its new Midnight Constellations collection of Extraordinary Dials. The new range of gorgeous and delicate watches includes four different dials, each inspired by the depth of the nocturnal sky and the symbolic power of its constellations. The skillful watchmakers and decorative artists of the Maison had combined various traditional crafts to create graphic images of Gallus, Aquila, Pegasus and Phoenix – four different astronomical constellations named after the magical beings from the western mythologies. The Midnight Constellation watches measure 42mm in diameter and they are limited to 22 pieces per version.

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Pegasus

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Pegasus

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Pegasus timepiece depicts the constellation of Pegasus, which is named after the winged horse from the Greek mythology. The watch is made of red gold and it features a bezel set with round diamonds and a crown set with a lapis lazuli cabochon. The lapis lazuli dial is decorated with yellow and white gold, champlevé and vallonné enamel, and lit with shiny white diamonds. The Midnight Constellation Pegasus is delivered on a dark blue alligator bracelet with pink gold folding buckle set with round diamonds.

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Aquila

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Aquila

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Aquila refers to the Aquila constellation, which is Latin for eagle. Its name refers to the bird who carried Zeus or Jupiter's thunderbolts in Greco-Roman mythology. The dark onyx dial depicts a winged bird made of white gold, diamonds, champlevé and vallonné enamel. The case is made of white gold and it is rimmed with round white diamonds. The watch is mounted on a black alligator bracelet with white gold folding buckle set with diamonds.

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Phoenix

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Phoenix

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Phoenix is named after a long-lived bird from the Greek mythology that is cyclically reborn from its own ashes. The watch is made of pink gold and it features a diamond-set bezel and a carnelian dial that recreates the image of a Phoenix in yellow and white gold, diamonds, champlevé and vallonné enamel. The model arrives on a red alligator bracelet with pink gold folding buckle set with round diamonds.

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Gallus

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Gallus

Finally, the Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Constellation Gallus timepiece refers to the Gallus constellation, which represents the rooster that sang after Pedro denied to Jesus three times. The image of the rooster, made using the champlevé and vallonné enamel technique on a mother-of-pearl backdrop, is framed by a white gold case. The bezel of the watch is set with diamonds, while a mother-of-pearl cabochon adorns the crown. The Gallus timepiece is mounted on a brown alligator bracelet with white gold folding buckle set with diamonds.

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