VAN CLEEF & ARPELS’ DELECTABLE NEW LINEUP OF “SECRET WATCHES” DELICIOUSLY BLENDS HIGHFASHION JEWELRY AND WATCHMAKING SAVOIR-FAIRE
BY MATTHEW MIZRACH
It may not be the first “watch brand” that comes to our collective minds, but Van Cleef & Arpels has a rich history steeped in haute horology since its inception in 1896. Typically an extension of their high jewelry collections, their most memorable watch releases have leaned more sublime and high end, thus somewhat impractical for everyday wear. The newest member of the Perlée collection, however, just might turn that notion completely on its head.
Dubbed the Perleé Toi & Moi Secret Watch, this unique timepiece is composed of countless delicate pearls of 18K gold a joyfully feminine bodice that is characteristic of all the offerings under the Perleé banner. The “secret,” however, lies in a circular hard stone disk that forms a hinged cover over the white mother-of-pearl watch dial. When shuttered, the watch becomes an open bangle-style bracelet that bears little resemblance to a timepiece. A secondary, smaller disk made from a contrasting stone color (including diamonds) creates a dazzling, asymmetrical look that is the perfect complement to its oversized counterpart. Available in a plethora of stone options and combinations, the Secret Watch can be the ultimate expression of your own unique style.
Perleé Toi & Moi Secret Watch $40,800, vancleefarpels.com