Using a double retrograde movement complication, Van Cleef & Arpels is able to create a unique way of telling the time with this watch.
The rather large button at the traditional 8 o’clock position engages the mechanism. At rest, the two wings on the ballerina is positioned as it is in this picture. Once the button is engaged, the wings indicating the hours rises first (left), followed by the second wing (right) which positions itself against the minute scale. They remain in place, enabling the time to be read, then return simultaneously to their initial positions. One of the feats of this complication lies in its fluid movement: the ballerina appears to move her wings with grace and poise.
I can think of a few dial designs that could incorporate this special movement that would be more masculine in nature.