If luck is indeed a lady, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Charms Extraordinaires Watch Collection spins such exquisite tales of time that even the ladies are finding it difficult to resist their lucky charm!
Van Cleef & Arpels Charms watch collection made its lucky debut in 2008. Fast forward five years later and Charms’ continues its lucky tales of time which aesthetically unfolds in the details and craftsmanship of an exclusive limited edition watch collection donned the Charms Extraordinaires Collection.
Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaires is a special collection of four limited edition timepieces, artistically translating four distinctive tales of “lady luck” presented in hand-painted guilloche or mother of pearl dials, beautifully embellished with diamonds and precious stoned bezels set in pink rose or white gold cases and Van Cleef & Arpels signature diamond charms which glamorously dangle from each of the round 38mm or 32mm watch cases. All four of these amazing watches features quartz movement with each watch design having a limited edition of only 22 pieces.
Charms Extraordinaire Lotus Watch dons a pink lotus flower hand-painted using a complex champlevé enameling technique to give it its lucky appeal. The lotus known for its perseverance to rise from mud and blossom into an exquisite flower also symbolizes elegance, beauty and perfection synonymous with Asian cultures. It features a white gold 32mm diameter case showered with blue sapphires and Paraiba tourmalines and of course a lucky diamond Lotus charm. It is adorned with a baby pink leather strap that accents the overall presentation of this incredible watch.
Charms Extraordinaire Hirondelles Watch features two dark blue lucky swallows against a mother of pearl dial with beautiful hand-painted flowers (swallows are said to symbolize the coming of spring as well as tender love). The round pink gold 32 mm case showcases a bezel with a uniform parade of pink and violet sapphires. It also features a lucky clover diamond charm and is adorned with a purple leather strap.
Charms Extraordinaire Féérie Dandelion Watch casts its lucky tale with a blue mystically hand-painted guilloche dial that introduces a winged butterfly fairy carefully meticulously posed while blowing a wish towards a diamond accented dandelion, associated with luck and the spread of knowledge. A round 38mm diameter case displays bluish sapphires and diamonds in the bezel with a beautiful lucky diamond dandelion charm that gently dangles from the case.
Charms Extraordinaire Muguet Watch radiates with a fairy and her sculpted wings against a mother of pearl dial. Depicted are hand-painted sprigs of lily-of-the-valley flowers, said to make the most precious wish come true. The pink gold bezel is encrusted with breathtaking diamonds and yellow sapphires fashioned in a round 38mm case pink gold case. It features a free flowing diamond butterfly charm and is adorned with a stunning green leather strap.
The Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaires limited edition collection was actually presented in February at SIHH, however, if you’re spirit of lady luck is finely tuned you may luck up on one of these incredible timepieces. After all, luck like timing is everything.
Written by Chaz Nash