Secret watches have a strange allure and attraction to them. One can safely say that when it comes to women’s timepieces, the category holds many bejewelled secrets!
Secret Watches have an interesting been in vogue ever since the early 1930s. Put simply, they refer to watches that have a cover on the dial. The cover is lifted when one wants to see the time. This cover is generally ornamental and highly decorated. They enable women to wear bejewelled pieces that are also of utilitarian value since they tell the time. While the secret watch may have been a discreet way for women to see the time in the past, the beauty depicted on these embraces flamboyance and glamour.
The world of haute joaillerie and horology merge in the creation of secret watches. Precious stones and metals are used in these timepieces. Many a time, artistic decorative elements are also used. Watches like these depict several crafts. It would be right to call them bejewelled secrets since most of them have fantastic gem setting done on them.
Van Cleef & Arpels have been renowned for their secret watches ever since the inception of the category! Yet, every year the brand reinvents these wonderful creations. Here is a look at some bespoke secret watches…or rather, bejewelled secrets from the Manufacture..
Heure Marine watch
Inspired by the beauty of the sea, the Heure Marine piece combines the technical prowess of a secret watch with the delicacy of a feminine jewel. They say that the first impression is the lasting impression, and one look at this watch will glue you to its allure!
The stones have the sugar loaf cut and they also stand out for their intense colour and the quality of their crystallization. The elegant dial is in mother-of-pearl. Delicately hugging the curves of the wrist, the bracelet depicts a treasure chest nestled in a precious hollow. Its diamond lid can be opened by pressing an emerald cabochon, to reveal the time.
Cerf-Volant long necklace watch
Jewels tell the time as well, as can be seen from this secret watch hidden as the pendent of a beautiful necklace. Amidst the fluid rows of onyx beads is held a case adorned with onyx, mother-of-pearl and a kite in Traditional Mystery Set. But there is more surprise in store. By pressing the cabochon-cut ruby, the lid lowers to reveal a mirror that reflects the watch’s dial. Subtle and elegant, this presentation of time is made possible by an anticlockwise quartz movement that enables the hour to be read in an astonishing play of reflections!
Ruban Secret watch
The fluidity of the ribbon gracefully envelops the wrist. A precious glittering bow opens to show the dial. Two creations express this wonderful savoir-faire. One piece, in white gold, is adorned with round diamonds from its dial to the bracelet, the other, in pink gold, is embellished with a harmonious gradation of pink sapphires and diamonds. The bracelet maintains the continuity between the links when worn on the wrist. Comfort and elegance unite to form a truly bespoke creation!
A poetic expression of the words of high jewellery and fine watchmaking, these bejewelled secrets will continue to charm and enthral for generations to come!