Van Cleef & Arpels - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Van Cleef & Arpels
    Year: Circa 2014
    Reference No: VCARN9VJ00
    Case No: 247 and 3'480'170
    Model Name: Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux
    Material: 18k white gold, diamonds and enamel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 846, 34 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold and diamond-set Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet, 150 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold and diamond-set Van Cleef & Arpels concealed double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Arpels Pont des Amoureux bracelet watch, created by Van Cleef & Arpels, interprets time with poetic flair. This dreamlike timepiece transformed the dial into a captivating spectacle, decorated with grisaille enamel dial meticulously hand-painted in black and white. The dial depicts a white gold lover’s bridge over the River Seine with the retrograde figures of a pair of lovers meeting in a one-minute kiss at noon and midnight. Their poetic embrace on the bridge symbolises the never-ending love story between two young lovers.
    The watch poetically guides the owner through days and seasons as well as all other precious moments in life. Presented in excellent overall condition and set with 320 diamonds weighing approximately 9.50 carats, the watch offers a more intimate interpretation of time.

  • 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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Various Properties


A lady’s very fine and rare white gold and diamond-set double retrograde bracelet watch with enamel dial

Circa 2014
38 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$700,000 - 900,000 

Sold for HK$1,025,000

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

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