Introduced in 1968, the Alhambra motif, featuring a 4-leaf clover has been so integral to Van Cleef & Arpels that it has become part of its DNA. The Sweet Alhambra, a variation of the original Vintage Alhambra collection, comes with smaller, daintier motifs and dials on its timepieces.
This year, the now iconic Alhambra collection of French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra collection welcomes a new jewelry watch, which reinterprets the emblematic lucky motif in materials teeming with life.
The Sweet Alhambra jewelry watch seems entirely consecrated to light. Around the guilloché dial, the bracelet alternates radiant motifs in guilloché rose gold and pink mother-of-pearl. Appearing for the first time in the Alhambra collection, the latter material has been chosen for its natural pink color with silky over tones.
The mother-of-pearl motifs have been carefully matched, before being delicately polished to create a shiny sur face. Guilloché rose gold is also making its debut in the Alhambra collection; the engraving gleams as it catches the light. The hours thus slip by with a sparkle on this jewel that tells the time.
In keeping with the Maison’s high standards, the hard stones that adorn the creations have been selected from among the finest materials. The chalcedony draws its charm from its soft gray-blue color, while the agate has been chosen for its deep and even shades, accentuated by careful polishing. The gray and pink mother-of-pearl reveal all the delicacy of their iridescent luster.
Faithful to Van Cleef & Arpels’ tradition of excellence, the Alhambra collection reflects all the expertise of a High Jewelry Maison. Different crafts have come together for each piece, ranging from the lapidary to the jeweler, from the stone-setter to the polisher. In keeping with the Maison’s standards, the mother-of-pearl and hard stone motifs are intricately cut and polished, before being matched to create harmonious sets. Like the guilloché motifs, they take their places inside an elegantly beaded mount, as if within a precious case.
These golden contours have been carefully reworked by hand by master jewelers, before the prongs – rounded for a softer feel – are bent down to hold the motifs delicately in place. A final polish then illuminates the beauty of the ensemble. In all, about fifteen stages of selection, crafting and checking succeed one another, resulting in a unique piece that will stand the test of time.
The Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Collection is available at Van Cleef & Arpels Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Van Cleef & Arpels.