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Balanchine's Jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels

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Some fun window shopping: Van Cleef & Arpels has created a trio of watches inspired by Balanchine's Jewels...which itself was likely inspired by Balanchine's walks past VC&A, a series of emerald, ruby, and diamond brooches by the brand in the '40s, or through conversations with Claude Arpels — depending on which source you look to.

Not in my budget, but fun to look at.

"Bringing the inspiration for Balanchine’s masterpiece full circle, Van Cleef & Arpels has placed each act on the wrist in a trio of timepieces that use gem-setting, enamel painting and mechanical watchmaking to create an intense and glittering distillation of the ballet, complete with dancers and musical accompaniment. No detail is too small: even the curtains and proscenium arch of each watch evoke an appropriate real-life venue: the Opéra Garnier in Paris, the Marinsky in St Petersburg and the Lincoln Center in New York." via the Financial Times


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Thank you for this, Syzygy! This was fun. The article is also illustrated with photos from the ballet and a pic of Arpels and Balanchine flanking Suzanne Farrell. 

I like the "Emeralds" watch, myself.

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