Van Cleef & Arpels @ The Ffth Edition of The “Only Watch” Charity Auction

Van Cleef & Arpels the fifth edition of the “Only Watch” charity auction, a prestigious event under the High Patronage of HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco, will take place in the Hôtel Hermitage in Monaco on the 28th September 2013. In aid of research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the funds raised will be donated to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy, who is organising the event in partnership with Antiquorum Auctioneers and the Monaco Yacht Show. Honouring its commitment for the fourth year running, Van Cleef & Arpels has created a unique timepiece for this event that both showcases its philosophy and encapsulates its deep affection for Monaco. The excellence of Van Cleef & Arpels’ watchmaking expertise and its cherished vision of The Poetry of Time™ have thus been brought together to celebrate the treasures of the Principality and bring the Lady Arpels Une journée à Monaco timepiece to life. After “Une journée à Paris”, which paid tribute to the monuments of the French capital, Van Cleef & Arpels drew inspiration from the Principality’s relaxing dolce vita to produce another Poetic Complication™ watch that evokes a stroll along the sea front. It is a highly original item that reflects the creative philosophy of Van Cleef & Arpels, whose timepieces all tell a story while inviting us to dream. With its turquoise dial, rotating disk in white gold and lapis lazuli, white mother-of-pearl top dial, case in white gold and diamonds, and white alligator strap, this creation in blue and white recalls the sky and sea of the French Riviera. In a stunning masterstroke, the turquoise dial offers a panoramic view of Monaco, from the famous Rock dominated by the Prince’s Palace and the greenery represented by two palm trees, to the emblematic port of Fontvieille with a boat bobbing in the distance. The ever-present sea is conjured up by the leaping waves on the mother-of-pearl top dial and case back. A rotating disk in lapis lazuli in the centre of the dial evokes the intense blue of the Mediterranean, glinting in the sun or moonlight as the hours unfurl. With this watch, Van Cleef & Arpels also pays subtle tribute to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, which is deeply committed to researching and protecting marine species, and to the special relationship that the Principality has always enjoyed with the sea. Monaco, enjoying the precious moments they share together. Their silhouettes emerge from the dial, before slowly slipping away. A diamond-set bezel encircles and protects this charming scene. The Lady Arpels Une journée à Monaco timepiece illustrates the watchmaking creativity and expertise of Van Cleef & Arpels once again. It also celebrates the beauty of Monaco, and offers a message of joy and hope with each passing hour.

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