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Van Cleef & Arpels Papillons Extraordinary Dials

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Each year, with its Extraordinary Dials™ novelties, Van Cleef & Arpels presents an enchanting interpretation of the passage of time. They have included landscapes from across the world, twinkling constellations, lucky motifs and -- this year -- twirling butterflies and kites. Reflections of the Maison's fertile imagination, each new scene is brought to life by the gestures of skilled craftsmen. Within the space of a single dial, traditional crafts combine to create compositions of great sophistication, in which each detail is testimony to the creativity and excellence of Van Cleef & Arpels. A limitless source of inspiration, butterflies -- symbolizing the eternal renewal of a poetic and ethereal nature -- have often fuelled the Maison's imagination. In the 1920s, these winged creatures were transformed into precious clips and earrings; later, they were adorned with Mystery Setting™ (in the 1970s), mother-of-pearl and lacquered wood. In 2010, Van Cleef & Arpels went butterfly hunting with a High Jewelry collection entirely based around this theme. Within the Maison, they have also contributed to watchmaking creations like the Lady Arpels Extraordinary Butterflies pieces (2010) or the Lady Arpels Butterfly Symphony watch (Grand Prix du Public 2011, Ladies watch prize). For the SIHH 2013, the butterfly -- that universal symbol of metamorphosis -- lends its delicate form to new compositions evoking the cycles of nature and the seasons: from day to night and from spring to winter.