Van Cleef & Arpels Gentleman's Stainless Steel Automatic World Time Watch with Alarm Case: 39 mm, round, stainless steel, six screw case closure, vibrating caseback, No. 145400, 543094, Swiss Made, transparent sapphire view windows on the case rim Dial: silvered with applied stainless steel Roman numerals at 12, 3, 6 & 9 o'clock, remaining Dash hour indexes, inner minute track, enameled 24 world cities center revolving mother-of-pearl disc with red alarm time triangle Movement: automatic, caliber 50, 34 jewels, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre JLC 918 movement with a power reserve of 44 hours Strap: black leather completed by a stainless steel deployant buckle; 8 inches Signed: Van Cleef & Arpels on the case, strap and clasp Note: watch is currently in working order
Metals: Stainless Steel
Overall Condition: Very Good
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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