DescriptionVan Cleef & Arpels Lady's Diamond, Colored Diamond, Gold Wristwatch
Case: 30.00 mm, round, 18k gold, with pressure-sealed case back, marked "18k", "SWISS", "11101S" and "3522"
Dial: 18k white and yellow gold featuring pavé-set diamond quarter sections, with black enamel Roman numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 with dash markers, black enamel "Baton" hour and minute hands, signed "Van Cleef & Arpels" on crystal
Movement: Swiss quartz
Bracelet: black genuine lizard leather with 18k gold buckle set with full-cut diamonds; adjustable 6-7/8 inches to 8-1/4 inches
Stones: single-cut diamonds weigh a total of approximately 1.60 carats
Signed: Van Cleef & Arpels on the crystal
Gross weight: 36.90 grams
Note: watch is currently in working order; colored diamonds not tested for origin of color
Property of a Malibu, CA Collector
Designer: Van Cleef & Arpels
Diamond Average Color: G-H-I
Diamond Color: Yellow
Diamond Average Clarity: VS
Diamond Shapes: Single-cut
Diamond Count: 76 - 100
Overall Condition: Very Good
Notes: Colored diamonds not tested for origin of color. Buckle clasp is marked "JD" and "750". One diamond is missing from the buckle.
Van Cleef & Arpels: Parisian jeweler Alfred Van Cleef opened his salon in partnership with his brothers-in-law, Julien and Charles Arpels, in 1906. The company quickly earned a reputation for using only the highest quality colored gemstones. Their timeless designs employed elegant curves and clean fluid lines; capturing the essence of beauty in motion. Their success was immediate. In 1930, the firm patented the first minaudiere, a fancy purse-like compartmentalized lady’s vanity case. In 1933, Van Cleef and Arpels introduced "invisible setting", or “mystery setting”. This innovative technique took the market by storm. It created the illusion of floating gems, each being fastened by wires from the underside of the piece. It was popular throughout the 1930s and 1940s before reappearing in the 1990s. The company is continues to be family run, managing locations across the globe.
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