The Cadenas watch by Van Cleef & Arpels, an icon revisited

The Cadenas watch, created by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1935, is the perfect combination between beauty and functionality. A strong symbol of union and alliance (from the french “cadenas”, which means lock) this iconic timepiece traces back its origin to either the Duke or the Dutchess of Windsor, who apparently suggested the idea.

Since then, the Cadenas watch has been a permanent feature in Van Cleef & Arpels’ timepiece collections.

Cadenas watch, 1940, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collection.
Cadenas watch, 1940, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collection.

An interesting piece of information from the Maison’s website to better understand where this watch’s concept comes from:

in the early 20th century, it was considered inelegant for a woman to look at the time in public or to even wear a watch. The Cadenas watch was invented to remedy this situation. In all appearances an exquisite bracelet, the Cadenas watch contained a dial which only its wearer could see.

Here are some vintage models belonging to Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collection:

Cadenas watch, 1939.
Cadenas watch, 1939.
Cadenas watch, 1943.
Cadenas watch, 1943.
Cadenas watch, 2000.
Cadenas watch, 2000.

With the Cadenas watch, the Maison created a truly timeless classic which is reinterpreted today, and which premiered at the SIHH in Geneva In January this year. Here the highlights:

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Nine new models, all featuring a quartz movement, which complement the collection.

Post edited by Claudia Carletti, Jewellery Through Time. Material on Van Cleef & Arpels website and on Orologi di Classe website.

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