Created in 1935, the Cadenas watch marks the birth of one of the Maison’s most emblematic pieces. A symbol of sentimental attachment in the image of its clasp, the watch is said to have been inspired – like the Zip necklace – by the Duchess of Windsor. The first version of this jewel that tells the time was in gold, with a double snake chain acting as a bracelet. The lines of the case are straight and pure; the attachment takes on the rounded form of a padlock. The design is unique, asserting its status as an emblematic and instantly recognizable symbol. Graced with femininity, an angled dial underscores its refinement: the time is read discretely, in the manner of elegant ladies of the period.
Boldly avant-garde, the Cadenas watch is notable for its unashamedly modern design. The curves of its hoop-shaped attachment blend perfectly with the straight lines of the case.
In 2015, Van Cleef & Arpels reveals a new treasure trove of Cadenas watches – true icons among the jewels of the Maison.