Love has always been a mainstay in Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations. The centuries old high jeweller was born out of a love story of Estelle Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef, and so there is little wonder that love, and the lasting memories that it brings, has been a mainstay in each of their collections since their foundation.
From the first warm flutters of a budding romance, to the warm glow of a lasting love, the Van Cleef & Arpels' Love Stories collection consists of exquisite high jewellery timepieces which make for gifts well suited for you and your loved one this Valentine's Day season. Ahead, fall in love all over again with their love infused timepieces.
Pont des Amoureux
A love story is brought literally to the surface with this iconic timepiece. The Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux watch, proudly made in 2010, is an illustration of a love story coming into light: two long awaited lovers rendezvous at the Pont des Arts bridge, who finally kiss at the stroke of midnight.
This year, they come in daytime and seasonal variations, and can now be played on demand - the kiss relived at simply the press of a button. The day and nighttime watches of the collection come fitted with interchangeable bracelets, from five shades that range from shiny navy blue, purple alligator skin, or paved with diamonds.
The complications from this series feature extraordinary dials of scenes of lovers in some of Paris’ most iconic locations, each paired with a good-luck charm dangling delicately at the side. The collection comes in three versions, each depicting different timelines in a love story. The Charms Romance Parisienne Rencontre portrays the first encounter of a man and woman destined to be lovers, the Charms Romance Parisienne Retrouvailles depicts a young lovers’ first tryst, under a balcony overlooking the Place Vendome, and finally, the Charms Romance Parisienne Promenade, where the lovers unite at Champs de Mars to admire springtime blooms.
The theme of love is continued with the Mythical Couples secret timepieces with concealed dials. The exquisite jewels are set with different shades of gems, hard stones, and diamonds, to represent the full palatte of emotions when it comes to love, and replete with nature motifs that recalls legendary lovers from literature and mythology, including Aphrodite and Adonis, Ulyssess and Penelope, and Tristan and Isolde.