Van Cleef & Arpels is one of my favorite “oh god that is expensive” luxury brands. Under the Richemont Group, the Paris-based maker of high-end, emotion-based beauties produces gorgeous items for mostly women. These creations are often extremely good at causing a sharp sense of depression in the gift-giving center of the male brain. In fact, Van Cleef & Arpels once shared with me that during an internal study of its existing clients, an interesting piece of feedback was that their products had the ability of humbling even very successful people.
While Van Cleef & Arpels is mostly focused on products for women, they do have some men’s watches. They’ve actually had more in the past, but as of a few years ago they did indicate to me that more men’s watches would be part of their future. As promised, Van Cleef & Arpels relaunched the Pierre Arpels collection last year (hands-on here), and this year they’ve added to the collection with an interesting new bracelet.
Van Cleef & Arpels (Van Cleef and Arpels) is a French watch brand, the company also sells perfumes and jewelry. Van Cleef & Arpels was founded in 1896. Van Cleef and Arpels is famous for its colorful jewelry collections, lots of the pieces contain fauna or flora inspired motives.The collections are sought after by celebrities and royals alike. Approx 15% of Van Cleef & Arpels’ revenues stem from watch sales. One of the more popular timepieces are the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra, Van Cleef & Arpels Charms, Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels, Van Cleef & Arpels Outstanding Dials, Van Cleef & Arpels Poetic Complications. Van Cleef & Arpels watches prices can be found on our lookout database in which we feature dozens of Van Cleef and Arpels watches. Our coverage includes Van Cleef & Arpels watch news, blog posts, upgrades and other posts about Van Cleef & Arpels watches too as Van Cleef & Arpels watch infos. Van Cleef & Arpels watches can be found globally.As per its usual SIHH convention, Van Cleef & Arpels rolled out an array of remarkable timepieces for women this season, including an amazing astronomical complication that we will investigate in depth in the coming weeks. Not to be overlooked, but was the one new gentlemen’s watch the master shopper introduced — the Midnight Heure d’Ici & Heure d’Ailleurs, a smart new take on the classical GMT watch.The watch — whose title en français literally signifies “Time Here and Time Elsewhere” — comes in a 42-mm-diameter situation made of rose gold that houses a self-winding dual-time movement created exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels in a partnership with the movement specialists at Agenhor (Atelier Genevois d’Horlogerie).
While there is a 38mm wide size version of the new Pierre Arpels watch, our focus here is entirely on the 42mm wide size model that we feel is actually the men’s version. You’ll also note from our hands-on article last year on the Pierre Arpels watch (linked to above) that you can get these watches with a bezel lined with diamonds. While many men in the United States and Europe aren’t too interested in diamonds on their watch, many men in Asia and the Middle East feel quite the contrary. While I would hardly want diamonds on a piece I wore daily, I can see the appeal in dressing up a high-end watch with further precious elements. Though I will admit that lining a watch bezel with round-cut diamonds is a particularly feminine thing to do.
Van Cleef & Arpels is not now what you would call a major watch movement maker. That will perhaps change a bit in the future as they have hired talented movement designer Denis Giguet as the head of watchmaking – which should prove interesting. Giguet if you recall was the man responsible for what is probably my favorite Opus… the Harry Winston Opus XI from 2011 (hands-on here). Anyhow, this Pierre Arpels watch contains a mechanical movement from Piaget. Very thin, the movement displays only the hours and minutes, and is manually wound. My hope is that an automatic version will come in the future.