Created in 1935, the Cadenas watch is a symbol of sentimental attachment through the image of its clasp and 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 time is read discretely, in the manner of elegant ladies of the period.

In 2015, Van Cleef & Arpels reveals 9 new Cadenas models, powered by a quartz movement. They incorporate changes to the dial, the stone setting and the clasp.

Originally intended to be glanced at discretely as a mark of distinction, the watch now emphasizes the time with an enlarged dial for increased visibility and 12 hour markers. Adorned in sumptuous finery, it sparkles with diamonds in serti type neige. Its clasp offers increased security. Two small ceramic beads inside the clasp provide a more resistant fastening. The hidden, polished side of the clasp lends itself to a discrete personalized engraving.

- The Cadenas watch in yellow gold is worn on a double snake chain bracelet in yellow gold or on an alligator strap.


Cadenas Bracelet Or watch, yellow gold, mother-of-pearl, quartz movement. © Van Cleef & Arpels

- The Cadenas® Sertie is available in both yellow and white gold. Diamonds in serti type neige adorn the upper surface of the case and the attachment of the alligator strap.
The Cadenas Sertie watch is also available in a Bracelet Or version (white gold and yellow gold), with serti type neige setting on the upper surface of the case. It is distinguished by its double snake chain bracelet, evoking the refined, jewel-like elegance of the original model.


Cadenas Sertie watch, yellow gold, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, alligator bracelet, and Cadenas Sertie Bracelet Or watch, white gold. © Van Cleef & Arpels

The Cadenas® Pavée highlights the jewelry aspect of the timepiece. The upper surface of the case is adorned with princess cut diamonds, while round diamonds - in serti type neige setting - add sparkle to the case, clasp and dial. It is paired with a snake chain bracelet in white gold.
The Cadenas Pavée watch is also available in a pink gold version, with pink sapphires and diamonds. Diamonds and a gradation of pink sapphires adorn the case and the clasp of the Cadenas Pavée Saphirs Roses Bracelet Or watch.


Cadenas Pavée watch, white gold, diamonds, alligator bracelet; Cadenas Pavée Bracelet Or watch, white gold; and Cadenas Pavée Saphirs Roses Bracelet Or watch, pink gold. © Van Cleef & Arpels