Van Cleef & Arpels : 80th birthday


Case : pink gold, princess-cut pink sapphires, snow-set brilliant-cut pink sapphires and diamonds Movement : quartz Functions : hours, minutes Dial : snow-set brilliant-cut diamonds Bracelet : pink gold



Case : white gold, snow-set brilliant-cut diamonds Movement : quartz Functions : hours, minutes Dial : mother-of-pearl Bracelet : white gold

Created in 1935, the Cadenas watch by Van Cleef & Arpels is distinguished by a sloping case serving to read the time discreetly, and a highly original clasp evoking a padlock. It is said to have been inspired by the Duchess of Windsor. This veritable “jewel that tells the time”, designed as a symbol of sentimental attachment, is celebrating its 80th birthday by adopting an enlarged dial rendered more legible than ever by original hour markings and a fastening system secured by ceramic beads. The jewelry versions, variously adorned with diamonds and pink sapphires, feature a new design achieved using the snow-setting technique. The models are fitted with the original serpent-style chain bracelet or with more contemporary alligator leather straps.

Journaliste experte en horlogerie, Marie présente des nouveautés et s’occupe de la rubrique 12e Art (l’art de la mesure du temps), qui établit un parallèle avec les arts classiques.

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