Aga Khan’s Art Deco: Exhibitions by L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels to catch in Dubai

 

Precious_Art_Deco_Objects_Exhibition_Poster_-_Dubai_2019_New_C

Established in 2012 with the support of the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, the aim of L’École Van Cleef & Arpels, is to share the jewelry culture to a large and varied audience, both in France and abroad. Through offering an a la carte program of courses, talks and exhibitions, accessible to everyone with no pre-requisites, L’École welcomes the public to learn about the savoir faire of jewelry-making techniques, the world of precious stones, and the art history of jewelry.

Every year, L’École travels to different destinations to meet its students and offer them, in their country, a complete set of courses, talks and exhibitions. Following a first trip in 2017, L’École returns to Dubaï.

L’École-Van-Cleef-&-Arpels-Visuel_1_C-Visuel_Main_C.jpg

After a first exhibition at L’École in Paris in 2018, the Precious Art Deco Objects exhibition comes back to Dubai from March 29 to April 13, 2019. L’École Van Cleef & Arpels presents a selection of art objects from a remarkable collection of the Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan.

 

L’École-Van-Cleef-&-Arpels-Visuel_1_C

The precious boxes that make up that collection were amassed for his wife, the Princess Catherine Aleya Beriketti, and represent incredible masterpieces of inventiveness, creativity, fantasy, skills and technical prowess.

 

L’École-Van-Cleef-&-Arpels-Visuel_2_C.jpg

These precious objects, whose craftsmanship was as important as their function, were specially designed for the first wave of ‘liberated’ women in the 1920s: women who enjoyed going out, applied make-up in public, and kept track of their numerous social engagements with a watch or a clock.

L’École-Van-Cleef-&-Arpels-Visuel_3Cigarette cases, nécessaires (vanity cases), powder compacts and other precious objects in gold enriched in ornamental or precious stones, adorned with mother-of-pearl, lacquer or translucent enamel, sometimes enhanced with miniatures of Asian or Western inspiration, were presented for the first time in New York at the Cooper Hewitt Museum on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s’.

 

L’École-Van-Cleef-&-Arpels-Visuel_4_C

At L’École Van Cleef & Arpels, they will be exhibited in a scenography highlighting the multiple Chinese, Japanese, Persian and European influences on these exceptional Art Deco objects.

March 29 to April 13, 2019

Hai d3 Dubai Design District
E11 – Dubai
Open daily to the public – Free access
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Come into the beautiful and wonderful worlds of Van Cleef & Arpels and L’École Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

 

 

Hidden time

For decades, secret watches have puzzled some, surprised many more and continuously teased the most curious minds. After all, what is more pleasurable for a woman than to keep a secret that no one else has access to?

A concept born in the 19th century and only explored occasionally since then, the ‘secret watch’ of the past stayed true to its name and completely disguised its horological intent. However, modern watch houses have taken a few liberties with the genre and adapted it to serve as a subset of high jewellery timepieces. After all, the original secret watches were able to use the larger ‘real estate’ of pocket watches or even small clocks and thus benefitted from a much broader palette. Today, instead of a watch masquerading as a walking stick handle, a crucifix, a small pistol or a miniature skull, the very nature of a wristwatch as something to wear has confined the designer to a smaller canvas.

Here, we share in the magic of rare and precious secret watches from some of the finest French watch and jewellery houses.

Boucheron Laïka the Husky Watch

boucheron-laïka-the-husky-secret-watch

‘Breathtaking’ truly is the word that best describes the secret watch made as a cuff, where the Siberian husky is carved out of white gold studded with diamonds, sapphires and spinels and shown cuddling a piece of jade as if resting on a chunk of ice in the middle of Siberia. His blue eyes stare at the imaginary ice lake on which the time is reflected through rock crystal, carved out of a one solid block.

Creation featuring a husky in white gold paved with diamonds, sapphires and spinels resting on its jade pack ice. He maliciously watches the time fly through a rock crystal lake carved out of a block.

Creative Director Claire Choisne has proven once again the audacity of the brand in working with unusual materials, always using the most complicated techniques to create the finest aesthetics.

Cartier Résonance Necklace

cartier-résonance-necklace-secret-watch

Thé Master in creating mystery clocks – and watches – Cartier knows how to suprise. Magic, secret, and mysterious, the Cartier Résonance is all that, comprising a white-gold pendant set with five lines of emerald beads mixed with diamonds. A mechanicalwatch is hidden in the V-shape of the necklace atop the carved crystal-clear emerald: if admirers can’t see it, it doesn’t matter – only its wearer can, and that’s the beauty of it.

Chaumet Hortensia Aube Rosée Brooch Watch

Chaumet-Hortensia-Aube-Rosée-Brooch-Secret-Watch-1024x683.jpg

In line with its flower blossom-inspired Hortensia collection, when it came to a secret watch, Chaumet was determined to go that extra mile: a paved brooch with 345 diamonds totalling 3.7cts set in rose gold, clips onto a classic Hortensia watch-case to subtly display the time behind a delicate floral composition. Four marquise-cut pink tourmalines form the petals of the top flower, contrasting with the lower diamond-paved flower, whose pistil is made of a pink sapphire surrounded by five carved pink opals.

A detachable dangling 5ct pink tourmaline, cut in a faceted pear-shape, matches the fuchsia pink satin strap of the watch. Once assembled, the mother-of-pearl dial with double bezel, combining 42 diamonds and a perlée line of gold with sparkling beads of the precious metal, completely disappears to display a statement piece albeit not everyone can pull off. But we say don’t be too proper, it’s boring – dare to wear what others won’t.

Christian Dior Versailles Côté Jardin Emerald South Parterre Watch

Christian-Dior-Emerald-South-Parterre-Watch-Secret-Watch.jpg

Christian Dior’s private garden at his Granville home is where he spent most of his free time creating, thinking and drawing, surrounded by a multitude of flowers, plants and nature. Flowers were his thing and Victoire De Castellane has managed, over the past decade as Director of the Creative Studio, to make sure that most of the Dior Jewellery designs are faithful to the core values.

Last year, she introduced the Versailles High Jewellery collection, the very symbol of French art de vivre. This year, Versailles Côté Jardin marks Act II of her dazzling play. Focusing on the outside gardens, she cut stones in a way that reminds one of box trees, the serenity of lakes and the movement of the deep water. Studying the Parterre du Midi secret watch, you will notice a variety of flowers that even your florist would have a hard time naming and you’ll also note that each of them is set with a specific stone – 13 to be precise. All have been carefully set on three colours of gold.

Van Cleef & Arpels Secret Butterfly Watch

Van-Cleef-&-Arpels-Secret-Butterfly-Watch-Secret-Watch.jpg

Playful and poetic, the eye instinctively drawn to the 14.57-carat Colombian emerald set in the centre of the Secret Butterfly, as if the gem were the beating heart of the bejewelled insect. If pushed towards the top, the lower wing enables a subtle mother-of-pearl dial to divulge the time, powered by a mechanical movement with manual winding. It’s like penetrating the back doors of a secret garden where suddenly the dark hues of black spinels and deep green emeralds take life in a whirlwind of diamonds, enhanced by a discreet dial partially hidden by the insect’s lower wings. The piece is a standalone, bejewelled fairytale.

 

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge

Van-Cleef-&-Arpels-Rose-Rouge-Banner-Flacon

Founded in 1896 by Charles Arpels and his brother-in-law Alfred van Cleef, French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels created since then the most beautiful jewelry and watches. The pair opened their first boutique at the prestigious Place Vendôme in the heart of Paris in 1906. They gained notoriety for their use of precious stones and their expertise and innovation in stone setting techniques. Since then the beautiful Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry has adorned the bodies of royalty, prominent political figures, socialites and numerous actresses and entertainers.

The Maison’s first foray into fragrance came with First for women in 1978, a beautiful timeless classic floral, aldehyde scent. First remained a popular choice and inspired a lot of flankers over the years. Other notable releases include Feerie, men’s classics Pour Homme and Tsar. and the Collection Extraordinaire, a luxury line whose first first fragrance was launched in 2009.

vancleefandarpels-collectionextraordinaire-g.jpg

Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge is a new luxurious perfume for both men and women as part of the French Maison’s famous Collection Extraordinaire.

For its Collection Extraordinaire, the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels has drawn its focus to an exceptional flower, the Rose…  The bloom that is also known as the ‘Queen of Flowers’ has been the center of attention for centuries, and an endless source of inspiration for poets and writers, painters and perfumers. The Maison approached its new creation just like those botanists, crafting a Rose from scratch: the Van Cleef & Arpels Rose…

Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge opens to impress with an aromatic bouquet of scented notes that brings up a natural/perfumed sensation on the skin. It is more of an oriental/woody perfume composed by the famous perfumer Julien Rasquinet. It has a nicely balanced opening made of fruity notes along with oriental black currant and pink pepper nicely mixed with floral/woody ingredients of Turkish rose, musk, cocoa and patchouli note.

collection-extraordinaire-rose-rouge-g2

Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Rouge is synonymous with luxury, very high-quality, and eponymous wearers. 

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Rose Rouge is available as 75ml. Eau de Parfum.

 

 

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Neroli Amara

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Neroli Amara Flacon

French Maison ‘Haute Joaillier’ Van Cleef & Arpels launches one more outstanding and very feminine perfume, Neroli Amara part of the famous Collection Extraordinaire. Collection Extraordinaire Neroli Amara is a green/citrusy perfume nicely mixing neroli to leave an irresistible aroma behind.

Created by perfumer Quentin Bisch, Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Neroli Amara is a modern, stylish and elegant fragrance with a pleasant fresh/citrusy aroma to be worn during the day.

Top notes: Brtgamot, Lemon, Mandarin 
Heart notes: Black pepper, Chypress
Base notes: Orange blossom absolute

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Neroli Amara opens to impress with fresh Italian lemons, mandarins, and bergamot along with spicy black pepper and cypress. What can be more thrilling and amazing than to smell on you the fresh lemon aroma. The base calms on a floral layer made of orange blossom absolute. It is definitely a must-have summer perfume!

Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Neroli Amara is available as 75ml Eau de Parfum. 

 

 

 

 

Spring has sprung with Van Cleef & Arpels…

Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Banner 1

In case you missed it, spring is well and truly here! The excitement for the season ahead is somewhat short-lived thanks to the soaring temperatures in the lead-up to summer, however Haute Joaillier Van Cleef & Arpels has given us a reason — well, nine actually — to embrace the now.

For the French Maison, known for its precious and one-of-a-kind high jewelry, the Frivole collection’s new pieces uphold Van Cleef & Arpels’ unwavering dedication to superb craftsmanship and finest quality gemstones and are intended for day and evening wear.

Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Banner 2

Expanding its Frivole portfolio, Van Cleef & Arpels has just released nine new pieces that celebrate the coming of spring. A flower motif unites the new additions each of which possesses its own unique detailing.

This season, three miniature flower motifs are brought together to create one gorgeous focal point on a necklace and earrings, whilst signature Frivole mini model pieces are laden with light-diffusing diamonds for extra impact and ultra high shine. 

Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Banner 4

What’s significant about this year’s Frivole line is the introduction of a new motif: A dainty cluster of three small flowers with heart-shaped petals. A tiny diamond, fringed with gold, adorns the centre of each flower. Unabashedly feminine and demure, this new motif has been translated into a pendant and earrings.

Another highlight of the collection is a new, transformable pendant that can pull double-duty as a clip. It features three petals, which, like the rest of the range, have been meticulously mirror-polished to achieve maximum shine when they reflect light. The pendant also showcases a trio of diamonds nestled at the heart of these gleaming petals. This same three-petal silhouette can be found in a matching ring bedecked with a single diamond.

20180429_022346

Van Cleef & Arpels’ new Frivole additions also include blinged up renditions of existing jewels in the collection – specifically the mini model pendant, earrings and bracelet that were launched last year.

Diamonds in colours ranging from D to F, with a clarity of either IF (Internally Flawless) or VVS (Very Very Slight Inclusions), have been festooned all over these pieces for an ultra luxurious touch. Paired with the jewels’ openwork details – an iconic Frivole feature that allows more light to pass through them – they look absolutely stunning.

20180429_022643

One of Van Cleef & Arpels’ key sources of inspiration, nature endows its creations with poetry and vitality. From the diamond clips of the 1920s to contemporary jewelry pieces, oral motifs have always been at the heart of Van Cleef & Arpels’ creativity. Enthralled by the constant metamorphoses of ora, the Maison transposes its myriad nuances and forms, crystallizing the lightness of clover or a peony’s generous bloom.

In an eternal and bejeweled spring, poppies join daisies, sprigs of lily-of-the-valley and cherry blossom, all transformed into Jewels at the workshops in Place Vendôme. Enriching Van Cleef & Arpels’ poetic garden, the Frivole collection perpetuates a creative tradition dedicated to beauty.

The new Frivole collection will officially launch on 21 March 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels Rêve de Cashmere

vancleefandarpels-reve-de-cashmere-banner.jpg

High Jewelry house Maison Van Cleef & Arpels launches a new ‘haute perfum’ Rêve de Cashmere part of the luxurious Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire. The new perfume is all about priceless ingredients, a classic style, and an elegant aroma. Van Cleef & Arpels Rêve de Cashmere follows the previous editions of the black bottled editions  within the collection, indicating a darker, more intense and oriental character, which includes editions like Amber Imperial (2015), Moonlight Patchouli (2016) and Bois Dore (2017) – all of them inspiring one of the most pulling power scents.

vancleefandarpels-reve-de-cashmere-g2.jpg

Rêve de Cashmere is a unisex perfume that is described as an intense oriental with a woody and leathery character. Composed of high-quality ingredients, the composition contains sandalwood, described as warm by the Maison, a ‘smooth’ leather accord, black vanilla, patchouli and cashmere wood. The atmosphere is that of comfort and warmth provided by worn leather and a woody setting.

vancleefandarpels-reve-de-cashmere-g1.jpg

The black flacon is decorated with a texture of matte and gloss finish combined. The box is made of lacquered wood and decorated with luminous golden details. Van Cleef & Arpels Rêve de Cashmere is available as a 75 ml Eau de Parfum at selected stores worldwide, priced at about $325.

Come into the beautiful world of Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels presents the Frivole collection

Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole collection video

Petal power is at the fore of a range of whimsical (and diamond encrusted) flower creations as French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels unveils their latest jewellery collection…

Inspired by mother nature, Van Cleef & Arpels’ latest Frivole collection is a tribute to the frivolous side of spring. Made possible with the use of delicate shapes in yellow and white gold, juxtaposed against carefully curated diamond details, the 9-piece collection is designed to wear separately or layered piece-by-piece.

Van Cleef & Arpels presents the Frivole collection-GIF-page-event-desktop-1400x600.gif

Van Cleef & Arpels presents the Frivole collection-homepage-GIF-desktop-1400x600.gif

Celebrate Spring with Van Cleef & Arpels’ Frivole creations. View the Frivole collection now, which is available at the brand’s flagship boutiques across the world now.

 

van_cleef_arpels_frivole-2017-collection2.jpg

van_cleef_arpels_frivole-2017-collection3.jpg

van-cleef-arpels-frivole-yellow-gold-8-flower-ring-diamond-centers

 

Van-Cleef--Arpels-Frivole-Collection-GIF.gif

 

Van Cleef & Arpels presents the Frivole collection-page-event-desktop-bloc04.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels extends its Vintage and Magic Alhambra collections

vca-bannerguide-1284x380.jpg

High Jewelry house Maison Van Cleef & Arpels revisits its iconic Alhambra collection by adding five new luminous pieces that showcase traditional luxury…

Maison Van Cleef & Arpels has released the must-have creations to add to its 1968-inspired collection, aptly titled Alhambra. Defined as the Maison’s token of luck, the Alhambra collection comes complete with earrings, necklaces, pendants and bracelets, all adorned with luxury savoire-faire. The shades of green malachite, diamonds and yellow gold represent the brand’s icon of luck and its constant repetition of its nature and floral aesthetic. 

Discover Van Cleef & Arpels’ Vintage and Magic Alhambra additions…

vca-bannerguide2-1284x380.jpg

 

VCA-Alhambra-article-edit.gif

 

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Vintage and Magic Alhambra additions are now available at all Van Cleef & Arpels’ boutiques across the world.

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpels extends its Rose de Noël collection

Van-Cleef--Arpels-Rose-de-Noel-collection-Banner-GIF.gif

Maison Van Cleef & Arpels is blossoming with the expansion of an iconic collection, complete with floral creations that showcase heritage and luxury savoir-faire…

Coveted jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels has unveiled the newest must-haves in its 1970-inspired collection, aptly titled Rose de Noël. The Maison’s constantly reoccurring nature and floral theme – also seen in the Diamond Breeze and Two Butterfly collections – has blossomed over into a  jewellery set made up of pendants, earrings and clips, adorned with deep black onyx, red carnelian and rich lapis lazuli.

 

Van Cleef & Arpels Rose de Noël blue clip pendant.jpg

van-cleef-arpels-rose-de-noel-blue-clip

van-cleef-arpels-rose-de-noel-earrings

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Rose de Noël clip pendant, brooche and pair of earrings in 18k yellow gold, diamonds and lapis lazuli.

Expertly injecting the brand’s craftsmanship into the collection with asymmetrical petals, each stone is carefully cut into shape, polished and then hand-placed based on colours, sizes, angles and heights.

van-cleef-arpels-rose-de-noel-black-clip-pendant

van-cleef-arpels-rose-de-noel-black-clip

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Rose de Noël clip pendant, brooche – also availble as a pair of earrings, in 18k yellow gold, diamonds and black onyx.

 

van-cleef-arpels-rose-de-noel-red-clip-pendant

van-cleef-arpels-rose-de-noel-red-clip

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Rose de Noël clip pendant, brooche – also availble as a pair of earrings, in 18k yellow gold, diamonds and red carnelian .

The Van Cleef & Arpels’ Rose de Noël collection, wich is also availble in other precious versions, like Mother of Pearl, Jade and others, is sitting pretty at the brand’s boutiques across the world.

 

 

 

Van Cleef and Arpels extraordinary Noah’s Ark Collection

French Maison Van Cleef and Arpels continues to amaze with its more sumptuous creations than the others. After the successful exhibition ‘Noah’s Ark narrated by Van Cleef and Arpels’, the Maison continues to shine with its sublime collection ‘Noah’s Ark’. We leave you the pleasure of discovering this beautiful story told by Van Cleef and Arpels….

Accustomed to collections inspired by ‘Nature’ and animals, this year Van Cleef and Arpels chose to tell the story of Noah’s Ark through unique pieces. A story where a man, Noah, saved a couple of each animal species to embark them on a large ark and save them from the flood.

In this perilous but not poetic exercise, the craftsmen of the Parisian Place Vendôme’s jeweler perpetuate the traditions of the Maison by creating animal duets such as the deer and the deer, the morpho butterfly twirling alongside his companion or the insects with the ladybugs.

To create a typical and wonderful bestiary of the Maison, the golden hands mix precious materials and bright colors to best represent our beautiful Nature. There are creations that are fine, sublime and wildly colorful. Among these, parrots remind us of the love and the first exotic birds that the house has made a habit of creating since 1920.

If round diamonds are in the base of these beautiful animals, Onyx also comes to bring shine. The originality of some pieces lies in the colorful plumages, finely placed to give vivid and colorful, joy to these pieces of Fine Jewelry. Rubies, yellow sapphires and yellow tourmalines also sublimate the original pieces.

Perfectly reinterpreting this great scene of life, with its imagination and know-how, Van Cleef and Arpels provokes a deluge of beauty on the jeweler universe rather chilly in imagination since the previous season, unless one exceptions the collection Emerald in Majesty that the same House had unveiled at the beginning of summer 2016.

More solitary pieces embodying imaginary creatures such as the phoenix, the unicorn or Pegasus are also revealed in this jeweling arch.

The Van Cleef & Arpels Noah’s Ark Collection is available at Van Cleef & Arpels Boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Van Cleef & Arpels.