LADY ARPELS PLANÉTARIUM
FULL MOON OR NEW MOON ?
During the SIHH 2018, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS launched the Best Women timepiece of the Salon! Its name is : The Lady Arpels Planétarium
Inspired by the « Midnight Planétarium » (or the men’s version) introduced in 2014, the brand decided to develop a 38mm of diameter piece with an ingenious discreet complication. But first, let’s start with the indications.
The time is given by the shooting star (each dot represents 15 minutes). The hours are pretty clear so no need to go further.
The central Sun (in gold) is surrounded by Mercury (Pink mother-of-pearl) / Venus (green enamel) and the Earth (turquoise) along with the Moon (in diamond). All planets are rotating in real time. It actually means 88 days for Mercury, 224 days for Venus and 365 days for the Earth but now comes an interesting and discreet novelty : The Moon ! Represented by a Diamond, the planet rotates around the Earth in 29.5 days. So instead of an additional ring, the Maison Horlogère did a Fantastic job creating a new execution and thus the opportunity to read two extra indications being The Full moon & New moon.
The case back carries the same savoir-faire with three additional indications. The Year at 3 o’clock (aligned with the crown) and a Date/Month window at 6 o’clock.
© Van Cleef & Arpels SA / Johann Sauty
I’ll never get tired of the Aventurine stone. It really make you feel like you’re in space and i have to say that the overall balance that the timepiece offers aesthetically is quite amazing.
A True « Beauty » ! Congratulations, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS.