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

    Official website
    Les Ateliers Créations



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Featured Van Cleef & Arpels Watches

  • Van Cleef & Arpels - Complication Poétique Ballerine Enchantée

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    Poetic Complications™

    Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée

  • Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Une journée à Monaco for Only Watch 2013 -face view

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    Extraordinary Dials™

    Lady Arpels Journée à Monaco for Only Watch 2013

  • Van Cleef & Arpels - Cadran Extraordinaires Papillon Extraordinaire

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    Extraordinary Dials™

    Lady Arpels Papillon Extraordinaire

  • Van Cleef & Arpels - Cadran Extraordinaire Cerf-Volan Fuchsia

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    Extraordinary Dials™

    Lady Arpels Cerf-Volant Fuchsia

  • Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels Bracelet Or VCARO4G400 - face view

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    Pierre Arpels Bracelet Or 42 mm

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— They connect the case to the strap and that is no ordinary role. Lugs are an authentic design feature that plays a key role in the ergonomics of a watch.
NOVEMBER 16, 2015
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Watches&Wonders 2015
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— Despite sagging Swiss exports to Hong Kong and China, interest in high-end watchmaking has not waned.
NOVEMBER 14, 2015
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The enchanted world of Poetic Complications™

— They set a delightful stage for time against an animated backdrop highlighting craftsmanship. You don’t merely check the time on Poetic Complications™, you experience it.
OCTOBER 20, 2015

Help us celebrate a milestone this Thursday

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Video. Miniature Feather Art

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OCTOBER 06, 2015
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Video. Enchanted Nature

— Enter the Enchanting Nature universe by Van Cleef & Arpels at Watches & Wonders.
OCTOBER 02, 2015
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Innovations galore

— For its third edition, the watchmaking exhibition held in Hong Kong is strengthening its presence with an unprecedented number of striking innovations.
OCTOBER 01, 2015
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Video. Los Angeles to French Riviera

— Experience the duality of time from Los Angeles to the French Riviera with the Pierre Arpels Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs watch.
AUGUST 30, 2015
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Video. Pierre Arpels Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs watch

— This collaborative video presents the spirit of the duality of time with a poetic and modern interpretation from « Ici » (Here) and « Ailleurs » (Elsewhere).
AUGUST 17, 2015
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Video. From Paris to New York

— Immerse yourself in a simultaneous journey between Paris and New-York with the Pierre Arpels Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs watch.
AUGUST 10, 2015
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Only Watch 2015

— An exceptional Pierre Arpels Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs timepiece for Only Watch 2015.
JULY 23, 2015
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First thoughts

— With the watches for the Only Watch 2015 auction now revealed, we take a first look through the list and get a touch of the blues.
JULY 09, 2015
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Now you see me, now you don't

— Playing hide and seek is not only a children's game. It's also a whole area of watchmaking expertise, one that is worth discovering. And it's no child's play.
JUNE 29, 2015
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    MAY 30, 2015
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    Festival de Cannes

    — Cate Blanchett and Golshifteh Farahani stunning in Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.
    MAY 23, 2015
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    Charms Extraordinaire Amour

    — Third model in the Charms Extraordinaire Langage des Fleurs collection unveiled at the SIHH 2015.
    MAY 18, 2015
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    FEBRUARY 04, 2015
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    Charms Extraordinaire Espérance

    — The Charms Extraordinaire Langage des Fleurs collection is a numbered edition composed of three creations. Discover here the Espérance model.
    FEBRUARY 01, 2015
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    JANUARY 26, 2015
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