Van Cleef & Arpels the Cadenas

Speaking haute horology, we would think mechanical thing at the first. And when we mention anything mechanical, it feels manly. But horology is not a world only for man.

Except the mechanical part, a watch also needs a beautiful case. And when we mention beautiful things, it feels feminine. Yes, a part of the horology world belongs to woman.

Van Cleef & Arpels re-launched the historical model the Cadenas. IMHO, the Cadenas is a stylish example of the woman part of the horology world.


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The idea of the Cadenas came from Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor. In the early 20th century, it was considered inelegant for a woman to look at the time in public or even wear a watch. The Cadenas was requested by Wallis to remedy this situation.


The design group of Van Cleef & Arpels took this challenge, combining the shape of a lock with a side-dial to fulfill Duchess’ requirement. The Cadenas watch contained a dial that its wearer could see time without turning wrist. What is more, Van Cleef & Arpels also took inspiration from the gas pipe to design the bracelet.


80 years later, Van Cleef & Arpels looks back to its history and picks the timeless Cadenas. The new models feature with snow setting diamonds, which give a beautiful randomicity.


Though the Cadenas was designed 80 years ago, from a modern point of view, its appearance still has a sense of future.


Two ceramic balls on the clasp give the watch its durability.


Under the mother of pearl dial is a quartz movement. Quartz thing is less stylish but easy care. Quartz watches do not need to be wound up everyday.


The detail of snow setting diamonds is charming.


The gas pipe like bracelet has three sizes options. And Van Cleef & Arpels boutique also offers a length adjustment service to make sure that the watch would perfectly fit your wrist.

This is a watch that could be with an elegant woman in both formal and informal situations. Big brand, interesting history, elegant concept, timeless design, and approved by the Duchess of Windsor. You could not ask for more.