Exhibition: ‘A Journey Through The Poetry of Time’ with Van Cleef & Arpels

From February 12th to 20th, 2022, Van Cleef & Arpels celebrates some of its emblematic sources of inspiration in Singapore. Pieces from the Maison’s patrimonial collection and contemporary creations will be revealed in an immersive environment that recreates the charm of Paris.

Best known for its inventive, quirky mechanics and elaborate ornamentation, Van Cleef & Arpels has pulled out all the stops of the exhibition. The event encompasses most the Maison’s most lavish creations, ranging from its charming complicated watches to incredible high-jewellery sets.

Alongside the Jewelry and High Jewelry collections, the Maison’s watches take center stage in four of its cherished universes: love stories – notably with the ‘Pont des Amoureux’ collection –, ballerinas and fairies, ‘Poetic Astronomy’® and ‘Enchanting Nature’

Ever faithful to a poetic view of life, Van Cleef & Arpels instills a distinctive dimension into the art of watchmaking: that of dreams and emotions. A blend of inventiveness and fantasy, its creations interpret the measurement of time as an invitation to imagine, wander and revel in happiness.

Love Stories

Born out of the marriage of Alfred Van Cleef and Estelle Arpels, the Maison has been celebrating love stories since its earliest creations. Like a sign of destiny, the first piece listed in the sales book in 1906 was a heart set with diamonds. Today, this founding theme continues to suffuse the Maison’s creations with poetry and enchantment.

The watches of the ‘Pont des Amoureux’ collection celebrate love and the intensity of longed-for reunions. United by tender feelings, a young woman and a young man decide to meet on a Paris bridge. Indicating the hours and minutes respectively thanks to a retrograde movement, they move towards each other to exchange a kiss at midday and midnight. To relive the poetry of that moment at any time, an animation-on-demand module enables the romantic scene to be replayed at will.

Fairies and Ballerinas

Symbols of joy and hope, fairies and ballerinas form an emblematic source of inspiration, which began in the early 1940s. Born out of Louis Arpels’ passion for the world of dance, the first dancer clips soon won over collectors with their elegant poses and beautiful costumes. Today, these feminine figures also adorn the Maison’s watches: like muses, they accompany the passage of time on creations that combine craft skills and watchmaking savoir-faire.

Poetic Astronomy

Since 1906, the wonders of the heavenly vault have inspired creations that elicit dreams and contemplation. After finding an echo throughout the years in the Maison’s Jewelry and High Jewelry pieces, the spectacle of the planets has been extended to Watchmaking with Poetic Astronomy. From the starry night to the constellations of the Zodiac, the trajectories of the Sun and Moon and the ballet of the planets, the timepieces combine the poetry of the celestial bodies and the measurement of time to evoke a unique emotion with every second.

Enchanting Nature

A cherished inspiration, nature breathes poetry and vitality into the creations. Enthralled by the constant metamorphoses of fauna and flora, the Maison transcribes spring in full bloom, the luxuriance of gardens or the beating of a butterfly’s wings. Closely linked to the passage of time, this theme is explored in Van Cleef & Arpels’ watchmaking collections through Enchanting Nature, a haven of beauty and harmony.

Couture Inspirations

As a tribute to the city where the Maison was born, Van Cleef & Arpels’ collections are inspired by the world of couture. Over the years, the Maison has reinterpreted the fluidity of fabric in gold and precious materials, giving rise to creations of timeless elegance.

An emblematic Van Cleef & Arpels piece since its creation in 1935, the Ludo™ model reflects the Couture inspiration that is ever so dear to the Maison. Its articulated gold ribbon is characterized by the flexibility of its mesh with the hexagon or briquette motifs.
Van Cleef & Arpels honors the Ludo bracelet, an emblematic piece of the Maison, with new watch creations. Ludo secret watches combine two traditions dear to the Maison: secret watch and transformability.

Revisiting the style of the Ludo bracelets or presenting unique long necklaces hiding secret dials, Van Cleef & Arpels blends flowing lines and refined materials to bring new delight to the art of telling the time.

Timeless elegance

Bold and timeless, the Van Cleef & Arpels Cadenas® watch is as contemporary today as it was when first created in 1935. Its distinctive design features an angled dial enabling the time to be read discretely, while the straight lines of its case combine harmoniously with the curves of the clasp.

Also on show is a selection of  historical items from the brand’s museum, including pocket watches, purse watches, as well as bracelet watches like the iconic Cadenas bangle.

But the exhibition is not merely about bling and baubles. One room is dedicated to an in-depth exploration of the brand’s technical achievements. Present to explain Van Cleef & Arpels’ proprietary complications is Rainer Bernard, the head of R&D for timepieces.

During your visit, immerse yourself in the romantic ambiance of Paris’ iconic landmarks and enjoy a cup of coffee and some pastry by the Seine.

Guided by their own taste and creativity, children aged from 4 to 10 will decorate and build their personal and exclusive city of Paris. Please remember to book your visit to enjoy this special moment.

Located at the Marina Bay Sands casino complex, the exhibition is open to the public from February 12-20, 10:00 am-9:45 pm daily. Visitors have to register in advance.

Sand Expo Hall B​
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Ave
Singapore 018956

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