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Van Cleef & Arpels – Fairy blossom
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Van Cleef & Arpels – Fairy blossom

Thursday, 19 January 2017
By The FHH Journal editors
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Charms Extraordinaire Fée Sakura
Van Cleef & Arpels
Balthasar de Pury
The know-how that goes into creating such a dial is truly impressive. From enameling to stone-setting, the skills of the in-house artisans are on full show. The result is a masterful high jewelry watch that is not meant to be discrete, in the unique Van Cleef way.
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Two of the brand’s favourite inspirations, nature and fairies, join together in the new Charms Extraordinaire Fée Sakura watch with magical results.

First unveiled at the inauguration of the Ginza boutique, this watch – inspired by cherry trees in bloom – is now on display at SIHH 2017. Against a deep pink backdrop, the dial employs several traditional skills to depict Enchanting Nature: mother-of-pearl – sculpted and painted by hand – traces delicate flowers, while the corollas in the foreground are adorned with cabochonné enamel, which gives the petals an opalescent relief effect.

SIHH Van Cleef and Arpels Automate Fee Sakura
Application of the cabochonné enamel on a white gold cherry blossom flower

The fairy – in sculpted white gold – reveals diamond wings and a rose-cut face that hints at the grace and vivacity of her expressions. On the bezel, two sparkling lines frame a gradation of pink sapphires to emphasize the roundness of the 32mm case. On the back, three flowers in bas-relief retrace the blossoming process from a bud through to a fully open corolla.

SIHH Van Cleef and Arpels Automate Fee Sakura
Pink miniature painting on a white mother-of-pearl cherry blossom flower

A charm in diamond and pink sapphires, depicting a cherry flower, completes these miniature tableaux.

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creating such a dial is impressive

Charms Extraordinaire Fée Sakura
Van Cleef & Arpels
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