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The Van Cleef & Arpels "Pierre Arpels" collection

Van Cleef & Arpels added two elegant new men’s timepieces to their Pierre Arpels collection this year: the Pierre Arpels Platinum and the Pierre Arpels Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs. The former is a basic time only model and the latter features double jumping hours with retrograde minutes (in the video above). Pierre Arpels Platinum The minimalist Pierre Arpels Platinum model comes with a manually wound time-only movement, presented in a fully polished 42 mm diameter x 5.79 mm case, with round edges and a single spherical-shaped lug connected to the strap on each end (a signature of the collection). The dial is black lacquer (also available in white) and features a piqué motif and polished baton hour and minute hands with applied Roman numerals and indexes. The crown is set with a diamond. Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleur

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The Van Cleef Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée

In Geneva this past January, Van Cleef & Arpels launched a new Poetic Complication timepiece for women, the Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée. The dial features a ballerina, whose tutu, is actually a retrograde time indicator. Due to the massive amount of energy required to power the display, time is only available on demand. Meaning, you have to push a button at 8 o’clock to actually read the time. Once pressed the veil on the left rises to the current hour and the veil on the right rises to the current minute. Then, after holding in position, both veils fall simultaneously to their orginal starting position. (Watch it in action below.)

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