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Cadenas - Les Histoires by Van Cleef & Arpels - Van Cleef & Arpels

Cadenas

The Cadenas watch was born in the prosperity and splendor of the 1930s avant-garde. Since 1935, it has been a timeless and signature piece of Van Cleef & Arpels.

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The Duchess of Windsor The Maharani Sita Devi Sahib of Baroda Actress Paulette Goddard
  • The Duchess of Windsor
    In the US, January 1st, 1941
    Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
  • The Maharani Sita Devi Sahib of Baroda
    In her hotel room in London, April 1951
    Photo by Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images
  • Actress Paulette Goddard
    Circa 1940
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Modern Gesture

In the beginning of the 20th century, it was considered inelegant for a woman to look at the time publicly. Thereby, artistic director Renée Puissant‒daughter of Van Cleef & Arpels' founding couple‒came up with a subtle, elegant and modern solution: an angled dial only visible to its wearer. With one simple gesture, the Cadenas watch goes from a precious jewel to an inventive watch.

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Cadenas watch, 1937
Yellow gold, rubies
Lock and unlock Lock and unlock

Audacious

The Cadenas watch defines the perfect marriage between beauty and functionality. Its lock-like clasp seals the bejeweled watch in an unprecedented and exquisite aesthetic.

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  • Cadenas watch, circa 1940
    Platinum, diamonds
Press and hold Press and hold

Dynamic Design

Bold and timeless, the Cadenas watch is a memento of dynamic design inspired by the industrial aesthetic of the time. The curves of the chain bracelet combine harmoniously with the straight lines of the case. To fluidity answers sharpness in a balanced aesthetic.

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  • Cadenas watch, 1937 - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Cadenas watch, 1937
    Gold
  • Cadenas watch, 1939 - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Cadenas watch, 1939
    Gold, rubies
  • Cadenas watch, 1943 - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Cadenas watch, 1943
    Gold, sapphires
  • Cadenas watch, 1943 - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Cadenas watch, 1943
    Gold, rubies
  • Cadenas watch, 1944 - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Cadenas watch, 1944
    Gold, platinum, diamonds
  • Cadenas watch, current collection- Van Cleef & Arpels
    Cadenas watch, current collection
    Gold, diamonds, mother-of-pearl
  • Cadenas watch, current collection- Van Cleef & Arpels
    Cadenas watch, current collection
    Gold, diamonds, mother-of-pearl
  • Cadenas watch, current collection- Van Cleef & Arpels
    Cadenas watch, current collection
    Gold, diamonds
  • Cadenas watch, current collection- Van Cleef & Arpels
    Cadenas watch, current collection
    Gold, mother-of-pearl
  • Cadenas watch, current collection- Van Cleef & Arpels
    Cadenas watch, current collection
    Gold, diamonds, mother-of-pearl
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In time

With the Cadenas watch, Van Cleef & Arpels has conquered time. Adored in the 1930s, the sumptuous watch has traveled through decades up to the 21st century, when it became a long-lasting model of the timepiece collections. Timeless, the Cadenas watch is always up-to-date.

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