The French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels has unveiled yet another member of its Les Voyages Extraordinaries collection of jewelry, which counts more than a hundred of highly exclusive pieces and includes necklaces, pendants and earrings. Like the rest of the collection, the Van Cleef & Arpels Poetic Complication Five weeks in a balloon watch was inspired by Jules Verne`s novel Cinq semaines en ballon published in 1863.
Like most jewelers, Van Cleef & Arpels doesn’t go very much into details regarding its new watch.
Its round case is crafted from white gold and the gorgeous dial that depicts a balloon flying in Zanzibar sky is embellished with champleve enamel and inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Being whole 42 millimeters in diameter, the precious body of the watch may be too big for especially small ladies, but at least it provides an adequate real estate for the meticulously crafted dial of the piece with the balloon’s tiny “anchor” serving as a minutes indicator and eagle flying around the hours scale on the left side of the dial.
The flying bird of prey and the anchor replace the traditional retrograde hour and minute hands. The whole setup works thanks to the good old JLC 846 hand-wound movement (we have seen it in a number of JLC’s ladies watches) with an exclusive retrograde module developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre specifically for the French fashion house.
Well, in fact, this is probably the same caliber that powers their earlier Poetic Complication Le Pont des Amourex watch officially presented in January at SIHH 2010.
Both houses belong to the well-known Richemont Group, so Van Cleef & Arpels has almost unlimited access to the most refined movements available on the market.
No info on pricing yet, but expect this jewelry watch to be very expensive.
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Van Cleef & Arpels Poetic Complication Five weeks in a balloon watch specification
Movement: Hand-wound, Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 846 with an exclusive retrograde module, Swiss Made
Functions: Retrograde hours, minutes
Power reserve: Around 40 hours
Case material: White gold
Bezel material: White gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: N/A
Dial: Champleve enamel, mother of pearl
Hands: White gold
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Black leather strap
Case back: No data