Cover Photo by Photographer Marc de Groot
“Le Grand Tour” isn’t just the title of the new Van Cleef & Arpels high jewelry collection. As its name suggests, it pays homage to the tradition of the Grand Tour through a contemporary interpretation of the journey that shaped the minds and aesthetics of past generations around the world. In fact, it’s not a first for the House, rooted in a rich history dating back to 1910, to draw inspiration from something as remarkable as this grand tradition. And the least we can say is that the result of reimagining the iconic sights, artistry, and jewels that captivated the imaginations of these travelers is mesmerizing.
More like a story than a collection, this release is all about exploration and discovery that blend the House’s unparalleled creativity with exceptional craftsmanship and exquisite gemstones, resulting in pieces each meticulously crafted to resemble travel sketches. As an invite to embark on a visual and emotional journey, the different pieces – from the sculptural necklaces and girandole earrings evoking Renaissance jewels to the wide bracelets faithfully reproducing views of well-known sites, the astonishing clips composed of vintage cameos and intaglios, and everything in between – reassert Van Cleef & Arpels’ attachment to arts and demonstrate that a great voyage is indeed a work of art in itself.