Today is the first day of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Geneva in the Palexpo Exhibition Center in Geneva. We bring you about Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels Reports on new Arbel watches.
At the exhibition, Cartier launched a series of brand-new models, including a number of jewelry models using the brand’s new technology, such as straw inlay technology and pure gray painted enamel technology. Another iconic collection is the new Tank Anglaise watch. Following the successful launch of the Tank Française and Tank Americaine watches, the Tank Anglaise watch has once again stood out and become the focus of worldwide attention. The 2012 collection also includes high-end timepieces such as the Rotonde de Cartier minute repeat tourbillon watch and a classic pocket watch inspired by the brand’s signature hollow Roman numerals designed in 1927.
The Roman numerals on the pocket watch consist of no less than 300 bevels, occupying the leading position of the outer ring of the case. In addition to the tourbillon and minute repeater function, its movement also has a perpetual calendar and a single-button chronograph function. This model is only produced in 10 pieces, and its retail price is 500,000 euros. The attached cylindrical case allows the pocket watch to be used as a table clock.
Pocket watch by Cartier
The Tank Anglaise watch follows the 90-year history of Cartier’s Tank series. It is different from other Tank watches in that the highlight is the special design of the bracelet and crown integrated into the case. There are 28 models in three sizes, available in white, rose, and gold diamond versions.
Tank Anglaise by Cartier
Van Cleef & Arpels Van Cleef & Arpels launched the 2012 version of the classic Pierre Arpels watch from 1949, the dial center of pure velvet embroidery low-key design fully in line with the brand’s current identity characteristics.
The brand also continues to tell the story of the Poetic Wish series, which tells the story of two Paris lovers. Two models depict the latest animated episodes of the adventures of the young girl and her lover. On the Lady Arpels Poetic Wish watch, the girl on the Eiffel Tower is lively. She moved to the center of the dial as needed, sending a wish (ie flying a kite) to Notre Dame, which could be seen from a distance. On the dial of the Midnight Poetic Wish watch, a young man walked to the balcony of Notre Dame, inspiring a diamond-encrusted meteor to fly his hope to the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
Lady Arpels Poetic Wish
Midnight Poetic Wish
Through the transparent case back of these two watches, together with the dial, and the additional hour and minute sub-dial, plus a separate small seconds dial, the movement is clear at a glance.
Two hammers are visible in the center of the case, placed vertically, and the hours and minutes are reported for the three-question mechanism. Unlike other timepieces, its sound is produced through sapphire crystal glass, not the case itself. The watch shown is designed with the same technology as the wooden instrument, so that the minute repeater sounds perfectly and harmoniously.
Van Cleef & Arpels also announced that a new jewellery school in Paris will begin on Valentine’s Day this year. The school will be open to the public and will provide unique introductory and professional courses designed to unravel the mystery of the jewelry world and share the most precious core secrets of Van Cleef & Arpels.