The Lady Arpels Planétarium was already one of Bazaar’s Top 10 SIHH picks, with its magical aventurine dial depicting the celestial dance between a mother-of-pearl Mercury, turquoise Earth, green enamel Venus and a diamond Moon around the pink gold Sun. Measuring 38mm in diameter and mounted in 18-karat white gold with a diamond-set bezel, the timepiece either comes with a blue glitter alligator strap or diamond bracelet for the High Jewellery variation.
Lady Arpels Planétarium High Jewellery model with a diamond bracelet
Continuing in the theme of the cosmos, a new series of twelve Midnight Zodiac Lumineux models was also debuted. Astrology has inspired the Maison since the creation of the first zodiac lucky medals in the 1950s, and today each of the star sign dials are illuminated by the exclusive light-on-demand module that was first developed by Van Cleef & Arpels for their Midnight Nuit Lumineuse model in 2016.
A gouache design for the Midnight Zodiac Lumineux Virgo model
This spellbinding illumination originates in a phenomenon known as “piezoelectricity”, whereby an electrical charge is generated by a ceramic blade that powers between four and six LEDs. At the touch of a button these LEDs backlight the dial’s translucent enamel beads for about three seconds so that they appear like genuine stars – a feat of watchmaking perfected in the Maison’s Geneva workshops.
A rhodium-plated gold shooting star is positioned on the movement of the Midnight Zodiac Lumineux
Each Zodiac sign is sculpted in white gold that stands out against the glittered blue background of the dial, which measures 42mm in diameter with a white gold bezel and accompanied by a black alligator strap.