Van Cleef & Arpels - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI Hong Kong Saturday, November 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Van Cleef & Arpels
    Year: Circa 2010
    Reference No: 3480170
    Case No: HH33908, No. 41
    Model Name: Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux
    Material: 18K white gold and diamond
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 846, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold and diamond-set pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Van Cleef & Arpels outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Van Cleef & Arpels Le Pont des Amoureux wristwatch is perhaps one of the most poetic, romantic and enigmatic timepieces made by the acclaimed Parisian jeweler. The beauty of the timepiece featuring two whimsical lovers lies a magical story that unfolds with every passing minute.

    Composed with a combination of enameling, miniaturized mechanics and traditional craftsmanship, the bi-retrograde wristwatch indicates time through depictions of love with two lovebirds set on the scenes of France’s famous kissing bridge in Annecy. Depicting the hours on the left is a lady holding an umbrella while her lover on the opposite side indicating the minutes as they get closer until they finally meet in the middle to kiss at noon and midnight. With a beautiful backdrop of the quiet town of Annecy at night with a nocturnal night sky representing the Great Bear constellation, the dial is composed of “grisaille” enamel, an extremely hard to execute enameling technique that only the best enamellers are able to execute. Requiring a meticulous process, the technique dates back to the 16th century where master enamellers applied numerous layers of enamel generating layers of varying colors to depict the motif. The final process requires the enamel to be baked inside a kiln with temperatures between 740 and 840 degree Celsius.

    Encased in a beautiful 38mm diameter round-shaped case with a diamond-set bezel framing the beautiful scene it encases, the Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux wristwatch was among one of the most demanded lady’s timepiece in the market when it was launched. Powered by a robust Jaeger-LeCoultre cal. 846 manual-wound movement, the present model was discontinued in 2019 making way for the new iteration featuring an automatic movement.

    The present example is offered in attractive overall condition and a perfect timepiece for the elegant lady to commemorate her own love story.

  • 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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Property from a distinguished lady


Ref. 3480170
A lady’s fine, attractive and rare white gold and diamond-set bi-retrograde wristwatch with “grisaille” enamel dial and presentation box

Circa 2010
38mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$350,000 - 700,000 

Sold for HK$693,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020