The grace of ballerinas

Van Cleef & Arpels wishes you a glimmering new year. Our ballerinas dance under a starry sky to celebrate, join their ballet with a joyful step towards 2024.

 

With a penchant for beauty and harmony to complement its perpetual quest for excellence, over the decades Van Cleef & Arpels has drawn boundless inspiration from the world of dance. With each arabesque, the art of ballet imparts an aura of poetry and a graceful flair into the Maison’s High Jewelry pieces and feminine figures – always delicate and captured in motion.

Lift the curtain on Lady Arpels Ballerine Musicale

Lady Arpels Ballerines Musicales creations blend music and motion, bringing to life a veritable experience of sight and sound. To reflect the full wonder of ballet, Van Cleef & Arpels recreated the three-dimensional tableau of an actual theater stage.

 

A diamond-set upper dial, representing a sparkling chandelier and lavish curtains, illuminates the dial, awash in color thanks to the fine crafts dear to the Maison: sculpted, engraved and hand-painted draperies reveal ethereal ballerinas in miniature painting.

  • Realization of the Diamant’s disk in miniature painting with a brush. Poetic Complications collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
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The clockwork dance

Powerful symbols of joy and hope, fairies and ballerinas are an enduring tradition at Van Cleef & Arpels. Touched with ethereal grace, these emblematic feminine figures evoke the Maison’s enchanting world.

 

Within a 33-mm case, the Lady Danse watch features a dancer performing a joyful step before a background of graphic lines. The Lady Danse Duo watch features a dance troupe amid a decor striking for its relief and perspective. The story continues on the back of the watches with an engraved tableau echoing their dials.

  • Lady Danse watch, rhodium plated 18K white gold, 18K yellow gold, diamonds, rubies, turquoise, chrysoprase, white mother-of-pearl, manual-winding mechanical movement. Extraordinary Dials Collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
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    A ballerina adorned with rubies lights up the dial of the Lady Danse watch

  • Lady Danse Duo watch, rhodium plated 18K white gold, 18K yellow gold, diamonds, lapis lazuli, turquoise, white mother-of-pearl, manual-winding mechanical movement. Extraordinary Dials Collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
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    A miniature tableau inspired by Broadway musicals enlivens the dial of the Lady Danse Duo watch

A long-standing ballet

The Maison’s first ballerina clips were created in the early 1940s, soon becoming one of Van Cleef & Arpels’ signature designs. 

 

Their aerial attitudes and the beauty of their attire immediately charmed collectors. Featuring a gold or rose-cut diamond face complemented by a precious head ornament, dancers are depicted with point shoes and a tutu made of diamonds or colored stones that seems to flow, echoing their movements.

1944 Ballerina clip. Heritage collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
1947 Ballerina clip. Heritage collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
1946 Ballerina clip. Heritage collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
1946 Ballerina clip. Heritage collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.
  • 1948 Ballerina clip. Heritage collection, Van Cleef & Arpels.