Italian Garden of the Renaissance Poetic Complications™ timepiece, Les Jardins collection
Midnight in Paris Poetic Complications™ timepiece
With Poetic Complications™, Van Cleef & Arpels uses various types of watch movements to illustrate the passing of time. To accompany its poetic interpretation of time as faithfully as possible, the Maison developed its own special movement in 2006: the “Quantième de Saison” movement.
The effect of this complex movement is to reveal the elements which make up the back of the dial progressively and successively. Its technical prowess can be seen as the heavy enamel or aventurine-glass disc rotates barely one degree per day.
The “Quantième de Saison” movement allows time to be structured in line with the seasons and it enables Van Cleef & Arpels to narrate the passage of time by echoing the successive rotation of the seasons and imbuing them with sensuality and poetry.
Since the introduction of the “Quantième de Saison” movement, Van Cleef & Arpels has offered its interpretation of the seasons with several feminine creations: Centenaire (2006), Folie des Prés (2007), Opéra (2007), and Océanide (2008). In 2009, the High Jewelry collection Les Jardins presented four new interpretations of the movement, traveling to four distinct worlds of flora and fauna over the course of the four seasons.
Also in 2009, Van Cleef & Arpels proposed a masculine interpretation of time driven by the “Quantième de Saison” movement: the Midnight in Paris timepiece enables its owner to admire the exact position of the stars in the Paris sky throughout the year.