For Van Cleef & Arpels, time is not just measured in hours, minutes, or seconds. Time guides us poetically through the change of seasons, the constellations…
Offered in 18k white or pink gold, the 42mm wide round case of this Pierre Arpels watch is agreeably lovely. It is not super exceptional, nor is it attempting to be. What’s unique is the single lateral aid for the strap as applied to some men’s watch. Instead of having two lugs, one support retains the bar that’s attached to the strap. Again, this is not at all common to find in men’s watches. Does this work? That is not easy to say. I happen to find these types of single lugs interesting, but would not want to put on them in anything but the most appropriate of outfits. It doesn’t feel like something which works for casual or even business apparel. If you are wearing formal celebratory clothing such as a tuxedo, then I think as a man you could pull this off.So eventually I get to discuss what is new about this watch – the necklace. Already available on a thin black alligator strap, Van Cleef & Arpels now provides a rather interesting mesh metal bracelet which merits some discussion. Mesh metal bracelets are creating a small comeback. Once average on diver’s watches, you can find mesh alloy (aka Milanese) bracelets on a range of timepieces. The IWC Portofino such as offers these as an alternative. Though the mesh metallic bracelet around the Pierre Arpels is exceptional.
This poetic interpretation of time is the House’s true signature, showcasing original designs that well and truly tell a story.
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