Six year after the launch of the Lady Arpels Day and Night model, Van Cleef & Arpels once again celebrates celestial orbits with its new Lady Arpels Planétarium. This new iteration is basically an original women’s edition that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Earth in a spectacular way.
Telling the time is a simple question of observing the pink gold shooting star, a cherished lucky motif for the Maison. Located at the outer edge of the dial, it completes its circuit in the 24 hours.
Using a rotating bezel, the watch’s owner can the day of his choice as his lucky day by positioning a red triangle against a graduated calendar. On that day, the Earth will move to a position directly below the star engraved on the sapphire crystal as a sign of good luck.
The Maison has applied its jewelry-making expertise to depicting the planets with the selection of hard stones: torquoise for the Earth, serpentine for Mercury, chloromelanite for Venus, red jasper for Mars, blue agate for Jupiter and suglite for Saturn.
Intricately sculptured by hand into spheres of different dimensions and colors, they are positioned round a Sun in pink gold.
The planets are set in motion thanks to sSelf-winding mechanical movement (Stern Manufacture), equipped with a Christiaan Van der Klaauw module developed exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels.
The movement of each planet is true to its genuine length of orbit: it will take Saturn over 29 years to make the complete circuit of the dial, while Jupiter will take almost 12 years, Mars 687 days, Earth 365 days, Venus 224 days and Mercury 88 days.
The back of the case looks just as beautiful, with two apertures displaying the day, month and year, all surrounded by an enchanting decor.