Van Cleef & Arpels - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO Hong Kong Monday, May 30, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Van Cleef & Arpels
    Year: Circa 1940
    Case No: Hand stamped VCA New York
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds and sapphires
    Calibre: Mechanical
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold and diamond-set Van Cleef and Arpels bracelet, 165 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold concealed clasp with security clasp
    Dimensions: 20 mm. width
    Signed: Case signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch displays Van Cleef and Arpels' creativity both as a jeweler and watchmaker. The present bracelet watch, fitted with baguette-diamonds, pavé-diamonds and cabochon sapphires, slinks elegantly on the wearer's wrist. Van Cleef and Arpels, an industry leader in cutting-edge design, have created a very unusual and extraordinarily rare bracelet watch.

  • Artist Biography

    Van Cleef & Arpels


    When Alfred Van Cleef and Estelle Arpels fell in love, their marriage paved the way for iconic jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels to become a symbol of unification. With their background in precious stone dealing, the Arpels found their perfect match in the Van Cleefs, a family of expert stonecutters. In 1906, Estelle's brother Charles established the company name with Alfred's help and opened shop in the Place Vendôme in Paris. To this day, this Parisian neighborhood is associated with turn-of-the-century luxury.

    The Van Cleef & Arpels aesthetic has always had its finger on the pulse of worldwide trends: For example, the house took inspiration from Tutankhamen upon the Egyptian king's discovery in the 1920s, which spurred a global phenomenon marrying Egyptian Revival and Art Deco motifs. Over the decades, Van Cleef & Arpels has produced intricate watches, earrings and necklaces with a signature elegance that mirrors contemporary tastes. 

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A lady's very fine, rare and oversized yellow gold, cabochon sapphire and diamond-set bracelet watch with concealed dial

Circa 1940
20 mm. width
Case signed

HK$160,000 - 240,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO

Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016