View full screen - View 1 of Lot 2252. Midnight Poetic Wish, Reference VCARO30N00 | A limited edition white gold and diamond-set repeating wristwatch with automation, miniature painting mother-of-pearl and enamel dial, Circa 2016 | 梵克雅寶 | Midnight Poetic Wish 型號VCARO30N00 | 限量版白金鑲鑽石問腕錶,備活動人偶,微繪珠母貝及琺琅錶盤,約2016年製.
2252

Van Cleef & Arpels

Midnight Poetic Wish, Reference VCARO30N00 | A limited edition white gold and diamond-set repeating wristwatch with automation, miniature painting mother-of-pearl and enamel dial, Circa 2016 | 梵克雅寶 | Midnight Poetic Wish 型號VCARO30N00 | 限量版白金鑲鑽石問腕錶,備活動人偶,微繪珠母貝及琺琅錶盤,約2016年製

Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels

Midnight Poetic Wish, Reference VCARO30N00 | A limited edition white gold and diamond-set repeating wristwatch with automation, miniature painting mother-of-pearl and enamel dial, Circa 2016 | 梵克雅寶 | Midnight Poetic Wish 型號VCARO30N00 | 限量版白金鑲鑽石問腕錶,備活動人偶,微繪珠母貝及琺琅錶盤,約2016年製

Midnight Poetic Wish, Reference VCARO30N00 | A limited edition white gold and diamond-set repeating wristwatch with automation, miniature painting mother-of-pearl and enamel dial, Circa 2016 | 梵克雅寶 | Midnight Poetic Wish 型號VCARO30N00 | 限量版白金鑲鑽石問腕錶,備活動人偶,微繪珠母貝及琺琅錶盤,約2016年製

Van Cleef & Arpels

Midnight Poetic Wish, Reference VCARO30N00

A limited edition white gold and diamond-set repeating wristwatch with automation, miniature painting mother-of-pearl and enamel dial, Circa 2016

梵克雅寶

Midnight Poetic Wish 型號VCARO30N00

限量版白金鑲鑽石問腕錶,備活動人偶,微繪珠母貝及琺琅錶盤,約2016年製


Dial: miniature painting mother-of-pearl and enamel

Calibre: mechanical, 76 jewels

Case: 18k white gold, sapphire crystal display back secured by 6 screws

Case number: 3'670'187 and limited edition 18

Closure: blue unsigned suede strap and 18k white gold and diamond-set Van Cleef & Arpels buckle

Size: 43 mm diameter

Signed: case and movement

Accessories: Van Cleef & Arpels Certificate, instruction manual and presentation box

附帶證書、説明書及盒子

The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. All functions are working properly. The repeating is in phase and chimes with nice tone and clarity. All diamonds and the mother-of-pearl dial are nice and intact. The watch with light surface wear to the side of the case. Overall the watch is in excellent condition.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense.


Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and his father-in-law Salomon Arpels in Paris, Van Cleef & Arpels is a house renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship and represents the pinnacle of Haute Joaillerie today. With countless numbers of award-winning celebrities and royalties endorsing their artisanal creations, their passions for jewelry have been recognized by the luxury world. While jewelry making maybe Van Cleef & Arpels forte, their creations of wristwatches are often adored by collectors as their creations are unbounded by the traditional formalities of watchmaking such as the Cadenas collection and its unorthodox design. 


The present lot offering is the “Midnight Poetic Wish” model released in 2012 and was supposed to be presented as a pair of watches along with the “Lady Arpels” model as a collection. While it was an option to be sold separately, when the two watches are combined, they illustrate the romantic story of a couple in Paris that gaze longingly at each other from a distance and would occasionally meet on bridges to kiss at midnight. With both watches made to serve as the different perspectives from the man and woman in the story.

The watch features a five-minute repeater with a constant force mechanism and an automaton display. It is also designed with an extravagant dial with mother-of-pearl inlay, relief engraving on gold, and hand-painting. With the activation of the repeater at 2 o’clock, the automaton would activate and the male character on the dial would position itself at the respective hour with the kite above the river illustrating the time. A mesmerizing thematic watch, the “Midnight Poetic Wish” is a luxurious creation where no other timepieces in the market can compete.