Van Cleef & Arpels

The name of Van Cleef and Arpels was united in 1896 by the marriage of Estelle Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef. Ten years later, their families combined to found the prestigious Parisian boutique Van Cleef & Arpels. The following three decades would prove to be highly creative for the luxury brand. In 1939, VC&A becomes one of the first European luxe brands to travel the Atlantic and open boutiques in New York City.

Van Cleef & Arpels have traditionally seen watches as an extension of their jewelry brand. Their transition from jeweler to watchmaker began in the 1920s, during the creation of platinum chatelaine watches studded with diamonds. The unique ‘padlock’ design of their watch-bracelet “The Cadenas” in 1927 reflected their desire to combine function with beauty. Their exclusive timepiece range was launched in 1972, and sold as part of the Boutique Des Heures collection.

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