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Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Heures Florales
Van Cleef & Arpels is famous for its Poetic Comp Complication watches, and the latest instalment looks to nature for its dramatic romanticism. On the dials of th the new Lady Arpels Heures Florales, flowers are fertilised by b the time beneath precious petals that bloom throughou throughout the day. The blooming is what provides the hour, while whil the minute is shown in a retrograde display on the side o of the case. As the flowers open and close to provide the th current hour, the dial vista renews and changes.
The ide idea for this watch is based in botanist Carl von Linné’s floral clock concept, which uses the blooming of flowers to tell the time. Unlike von Linné’s fully natural clock, though, the Lady Arpels Heures Florales uses a complicated module developed by the brand to operate on the base of an automatic movement.
It comes in a moderate 38mm case in white or rose gold, depending on the dial’s colour scheme. There are two available variations. The first is summery with flowers in hues of blue and green, rose gold branches, and white and yellow diamond-set pistils against a background of white mother-of-pearl. The second is more of a springtime vista that sees ethereal blue butterflies (a frequent Van Cleef & Arpels theme) fluttering between pink and red flowers with gem-set pistils and rose gold branches.