Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Nuit Boréale and Australe

Midnight Nuit Boréale, 42mm, white gold case Replica Watches UK(© Attitudes Photo / Van Cleef & Arpels)

Objects of curiosity and fascination since ancient times, the constellations are at the heart of Van Cleef & Arpels’ Poetic Astronomy. Sensitive to their evocative power, the Maison celebrates both their symbolism and the representations to which it has given rise over the years. Inspired by various eras, these two creations reflect the way in which mankind’s view of the heavens has evolved in line with its beliefs and discoveries.

Dedicated to the Northern hemisphere, the Midnight Nuit Boréale model is principally inspired by the gods and creatures of Greek mythology. The dragon alludes to the fearsome beast that Omega Replica watches over the Golden Fleece; the swan refers to Zeus’s disguise in his plan to seduce Leda; the female figure represents the proud and beautiful Cassiopeia, imprisoned on her throne. Lastly, legend has it that the Great Bear and the Little Bear evoke the nymph Callisto – transformed by Hera – and her son Arcas.

Devoted to the Southern hemisphere, the Midnight Nuit Australe model pays homage to the observations of scientists and explorers from the 16th to the 18th centuries. While the Swordfish and Toucan constellations are inspired by the depictions of the Amsterdam astronomer and cartographer Petrus Plancius, the Telescope and Argo constellations – the latter including Carina (the keel), Puppis (the poop deck) and Vela (the sails) – refer to the work of the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille.


These two Extraordinary Dials timepieces are decorated using the grisaille enameling technique, revived by Van Cleef & Arpels for its Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux model. Today, this rare process is applied to evoking maps of the sky and their astonishing constellations. Developed in Limoges in the 16th century, grisaille enamel offers a means of creating dramatic plays of light and shadow using only two shades of enamel. For the first firing, the background is coated with a very dark layer of enamel and filed to perfect smoothness. Using a brush or fine needle, he then draws in the scenery – passing successively from the lightest to the darkest areas – using a finely ground white powdered enamel known as ‘‘Blanc de Limoges’’. Over successive firings – some thirty in all for these pieces – subtle gradations appear, bathing the dial in a mysterious nocturnal glow.

The various stages of enameling call for about 70 hours of work on each of these dials. The Maison has recently introduced a new technique that enables it to be embellished with small stars, composed of carefully polished dots of yellow gold.

The story continues beyond the dial with an engraving on the back of the case: Polaris, the brightest star of the Little Bear, for the Midnight Nuit Boréale Breitling Replica watches and Acrux, the brightest star in the Southern Cross constellation, for the Midnight Nuit Australe model. To underline the exceptional character of these limited editions of 22 pieces, a cabinet adorned with sycamore and mother-of-pearl marquetry has been specially created to house both creations inside a prestigious case.

Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Double Tourbillon

— Corum’s Replica Watches UK new Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Double Tourbillon welcomes an eminently complicated new movement: hand-wound Caliber CO 1008.

Dial of Corum's Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Double Tourbillon

The tourbillon is a symbol of chronometric precision. Designed to compensate for gravity-induced rate variations in vertical positions, it remains one of the complications that is the most difficult to produce. Corum Swiss Replica Watches has achieved an authentic tour de force in equipping its new Caliber CO 1008 with not just one but two parallel-mounted tourbillons, dedicated to ensuring remarkable reliability backed by a generous 72-hour power reserve. This masterfully orchestrated mechanism is fitted with a retrograde date and a particularly innovative time adjustment device. Simply by pressing the crown pushbutton, the wearer can bring the minutes hand instantly to the 12th index so as to set the exact time – and this can be done up to five minutes before or after a full hour.

Caliber CO 1008 finds the perfect stagesetting in the iconic twelve-sided case of the Admiral’s Cup – born in 1960 and redesigned in 2013, while remaining staunchly true to the signature codes that have earned it legendary status. Based on a contemporary architecture featuring alternating polished and satin-brushed finishes, its layered construction comprises black PVD-coated titanium inserts appearing in turn between the case back and middle and then between the bezel and the case middle.


Corum's Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Double Tourbillon

Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Double Tourbillon
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Available in 18K red gold or grade 5 titanium, the case of the Admiral’s Cup AC-One Double Tourbillon displays a generous 45 mm diameter. It is water-resistant to a depth of 300 meters.

The dial swept over by luminescent hands and hour-markers is adorned with an exclusive design specially developed for Corum: the split pomegranate motif. Forming small diagonally-incised squares, this composition creates an depth effect accentuated by the inner bezel ring stamped with the emblematic nautical pennants of the Admiral’s Cup collection.

While the two tourbillons spin on the lower part of the dial, a dynamic red arrow points to the retrograde date segment appearing on the upper part like an extension of the two carriages.

The Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Double Tourbillon’s transparent back reveals the mechanical caliber oscillating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz). The movement’s modern execution features a horizontal satin-brushed finish and anthracite grey engravings. Mounted on a mainplate made of cupro-beryllium, a particularly wear-resistant copperbased alloy, it testifies to a determination to endow exceptional horological complications with remarkable long-term reliability.