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Object of Desire: The Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux watch

By Lynette Kee

 
Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux watch

In white gold with diamonds and alligator strap, price on request.

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Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux watch

In rose gold with diamonds and alligator strap, price on request.

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The foundation of love has always been a mainstay of Van Cleef & Arpels’s creations. Established in Paris after the marriage of Alfred Van Cleef and Estelle Arpels, it’s almost destined that the maison has an unshakable bond with the world of romance. Melding its expertise in craftsmanship and poetic view of life, Van Cleef & Arpels has brought its love story, literally, to the surface of a watch: its iconic Pont des Amoureux timepiece. The Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux watch challenges the knack of watchmaking to illustrate a long-awaited rendezvous between two lovers on the Pont des Arts bridge, set in diamonds and gold. Now returning almost a decade since it was first conceived, the timepiece is given a new daytime variation to its originally nocturnal counterpart. Natural as the rhythm of the ticking clock, the couple makes their way across the bridge, only to be reunited with a kiss at the strike of 12 during either midday or midnight. But as Van Cleef & Arpels would have it, a decisive embrace could be relived with a new, animation-on-demand button. 

Van Cleef & Arpels’s Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux watch in white gold or rose gold with diamonds and alligator strap, price on request.