The connoisseur looking for priceless works of art in the form of time pieces is likely to find the finest of such watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) exhibition held annually in Geneva. The 23rd edition of the SIHH was held last month in January from 21st – 25th at Geneva Palexpo. The invitation-only event attracted nearly 12,500 visitors globally. Sixteen watch and jewellery brands participated this year. Prominent among them was the prestigious House of Van Cleef & Arpels, owned by the Richemont Group, the world’s second largest luxury group after LVMH.
Founded in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels last year celebrated a century of its craft of creating fine jewellery and watches distinctive for their feminine and upbeat feel. Nicolas Bos, who already holds the post of the Director of Creation and CEO America, was last month given the added title of CEO Worldwide of the House of Van Cleef & Arpels. As the youngest CEO ever of the Maison, he has reasons to be proud of the beautiful watch collection that reflects the beauty of nature, of ballerinas and butterflies.
Van Cleef & Arpels has also recently opened its doors to impart training in the craft, with the launch of a jewellery school, L’École Van Cleef & Arpels. Marie Vallanet Delhom who embodies French refinement, as a lover of music, art and literature, is the very capable President of the L’École Van Cleef & Arpels, which is located in one of the classic 18th-century townhouses –originally built for Parisian aristocracy – in the place Vendôme. L’École Van Cleef & Arpels will now shed light on a century of knowledge of haute joaillerie, which until now was reserved for a discreet circle of insiders. The school has five instructors, each an expert within their field, including Inezita Gay (art history), Dominique Dufermont (gemology), and Vincent Roi (jewellery).
(with inputs from Estelle Arielle Bouchet)