The two watches are a loving tribute to the liveliness of Broadway in the ’50s and ’60s — imagine the buzz of Manhattan, the packed theatres that line the streets, the sold-out shows each night, encapsulated into two beautifully realized dials.
On the Lady Danse watch, an agile soloist is depicted at the split second she enters the stage. She wears a dress set with rubies and hemmed with gold against a threedimensional background that gives the illusion of depth: White mother-of-pearl, turquoise, and chrysoprase are worked on individually before being carefully assembled to create the stunning effect.
Meanwhile, the Lady Danse Duo recalls the electricity of New York City as a group of dancers frolic about an iridescent dial of lapis lazuli, turquoise, and white mother-of-pearl.
Van Cleef & Arpels’ relationship with the world of dance — in particular, ballet — is long and storied. It dates back all the way to Louis Arpels; in the ’20s, he would often take his nephew and scion, Claude Arpels, to performances at the Paris Opera.
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