Van Cleef & Arpels
The story of Van Cleef & Arpels, the French luxury jeweler, watchmaker and perfumer, begins in 1896 as most fairy tales end with a heaven sent wedding between Estelle Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef. Estelle is the daughter of a precious stone wholesaler and the sister of expert gemmologists. Alfred is the son of a diamond merchant from Amsterdam.
Van Cleef & Arpels draws on a long tradition of fine watch-making to bring its fabulous new creations to life. In fact, the world-famous jeweller on the Place Vendôme has been creating exceptional watches since 1910, always aiming to surpass itself in fashioning timepieces unlike any others. Van Cleef & Arpels shares with customers a certain philosophy of life dominated by respect for the past, love of beauty, passion for travel and a quest for harmony. These are fundamental, timeless values, and they continue to link Van Cleef & Arpels with those who wear the House’s creations.
Feminity, glamour, refinement: for over than a century, the distinctive Van Cleef & Arpels style has made its mark throughout the world. When Van Cleef & Arpels turns its attention to fine watches, it brings its unique combination of exceptional craftsmanship and a sense of the marvelous. Jewellers and watchmakers, the two become one when the heart of a flower entirely set with gems conceals a watch face, or when Mystery setting gemstones form the background, as if by magic, of a pair of watch hands.
Today, the spirit of the family is alive: creativity and craftsmanship are pillars of the Van Cleef & Arpels soul expressed through the technical mastery with the Mystery Setting or the expertise in the art of transformations.
Van Cleef & Arpels is part of the Compagnie Financière Richemont SA- the ultimate holding Company for some of the world’s leading luxury goods companies – its Maisons – encompassing jewellery, watches, premium accessories and other luxury products. The company’s brand portfolio includes: Alfred Dunhill, Azzedine Alaia, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Chloé, IWC, Jaeger- LeCoultre, Lancel, Lange & Söhne, Montblanc, NET-A-PORTER.COM, Officine Panerai, Peter Millar, Piaget, Purdey, Roger Dubuis, Shanghai Tang, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels.