The Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons Features a Mechanically Animated Dial

By: Malika Renee Butss - Feb 22, 2016
References: vancleefarpels & luxurylaunches
Van Cleef and Arpels' latest timepiece is the Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons. Unveiled at SIHH 2016, this exuberant timepiece is absent of traditional watch hands.

The Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons has been named one of the technically progressive watches at this year's SIHH. Completely contemporary, the watch tells time using three little butterflies and a bird. Its main dial is a painted mother-of-pearl, which sports four fan-form dials on the top. The first features the minutes 30-45, the second 45-60, a third for hours 0-12 and the fourth for minutes 0-30. Three white gold clouds are layered above the dial which feature the pink, red and yellow butterflies that move around the dial indicating the minutes while a blue swallow at the bottom indicates the hours.

While most watches presented at SIHH 2016 have showcased tech-heavy or overly luxurious features, the Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons trades in dramatics and tech for sophistication.