Van Cleef & Arpels

Each of Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations is imbued with jewelry and watchmaking excellence, drawing inspiration from whether nature, couture or the imagination. Its creations evoke a timeless world of harmony and beauty.

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  • About Van Cleef & Arpels

    The history of Van Cleef & Arpels began with a love story when, in 1895, Estelle Arpels, the daughter of a precious stone merchant, married Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a lapidary and diamond broker. In 1906, their passion for jewelry and an entrepreneurial spirit led them into business with Estelle’s brothers, Charles, Julien and Louis, and together they opened a boutique at 22, Place Vendôme, in an area renowned for its elegance and luxury. Van Cleef & Arpels was born. The jeweler’s Parisian address has never changed, becoming its hallmark.

    The Maison’s reputation, which spread among the international elite, soon allowed it to open up branches in the most fashionable seaside and resort towns throughout the world. In the 1930s, a second generation came on the scene. From 1926 to 1942, the daughter of Alfred and Estelle, Renée Puissant, great Artistic Director of the Maison, marked the collections with the stamp of her inspired creativity. Julien Arpels’ sons Claude and Jacques, who were joined by their brother Pierre after the war, were also initiated into the profession. Gifted with energy and business sense, Jacques seemed destined to take over the main office in Paris. After a visit with his father and Uncle Louis to the United States, Claude decided to set up in New York in 1939, where he would head the business until 1990.

    During this first half of the century, the Maison also developed new expertise and creations that would become genuine signatures: an ingenious clutch bag called the Minaudière™ case, the Mystery Setting™ technique whereby metal disappears beneath precious stones, the convertible Passe-Partout jewel or the innovative Zip necklace inspired by the zipper.

    The elegance and ingenuity of the creations, along with the use of the most precious and rare materials, allowed Van Cleef & Arpels to seduce royal and princely families, Hollywood icons and a discerning clientele.

    Today, Van Cleef & Arpels continues to be renowned for its innovative techniques and designs which include only the highest quality gemstones. As of the beginning of 2013, Van Cleef & Arpels is present in Europe, the United States of America, Brazil, the Middle East and Asia.

  • Van Cleef & Arpels' philosophy

    The Maison was born in Paris’ Place Vendôme in 1906, following Alfred Van Cleef’s marriage to Estelle Arpels in 1895. For over a century, the names Van Cleef & Arpels have graced some of the finest High Jewelry the world has ever seen.

    Over the years, the Maison has remained faithful to a highly distinctive style characterized by creativity, refinement, poetry and enchantment. Whether inspired by nature, couture or the imagination, its creations evoke a timeless world of harmony and beauty.

  • Van Cleef & Arpels' 5 key dates

    1906: Birth of Van Cleef & Arpels and creation of the first boutique at 22, Place Vendôme.
    1923: Van Cleef & Arpels creates its first wristwatch.
    1935: The Cadenas wristwatch is created.
    1949: Pierre Arpels creates a round watch with central attachments . Since 2012, Van Cleef & Arpels has reinterpreted this iconic timepiece in a collection which pays homage to Pierre Arpels.
    2006: Launch of the Poetic Complications Collection™ with the Lady Arpels Centenaire timepiece.

  • Van Cleef & Arpels' collections

    Alhambra: The timeless, elegant Alhambra collection remains faithful to the spirit of the Firm's iconic motif.

    Charms: The fun, elegant Charms watch is decorated with an Alhambra motif that moves around the dial as the wearer's wrist moves.

    Lady Arpels: With Lady Arpels, Van Cleef & Arpels places its watchmaking expertise at the service of femininity with very refined, minimalistic timepieces.

    Cadenas: The Cadenas, a powerful symbol of union, is the Firm's iconic watch.

    Timeless: Combining a soft oval shape and the elegance of a classic design, Van Cleef & Arpels has created a simple, sensual watch.

    Cadrans Extraordinaires: Outstanding watches combining the greatest technical knowhow with a unique creative touch.

    Complications Poétiques: In a blend of stylistic inventiveness and technical prowess, the Complications Poétiques are absolute wonders that measure time – and express its poetic dimension, too.

    Pierre Arpels: Drawing its inspiration from the iconic model created by Pierre Arpels in 1949, this men's watch celebrates the innovative, aesthetic spirit of its designer.

  • Contact Van Cleef & Arpels

    Van Cleef & Arpels
    2 rue du Quatre Septembre
    FR – 75002 Paris
    Tel +33 1 70 70 35 00

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