Combining aesthetic beauty with convenience, Van Cleef & Arpels gave a distinctive new interpretation to the châtelaine, which had been a popular accessory during the 18th century. Traditionally hooked to the belt, the chain was gradually transformed until in the early 20th century it became, like a brooch, an ornament for a dress or coat. Reflecting a new modern style, the Maison's châtelaine watches present geometrical and refined lines that reflect the principles of Art Deco. Their form highlighted the simplified clothing cuts favored by women from that time onwards. This 1923 creation has oriental inspirations. The decorative belt hook, presenting startling color contrasts, is formed of onyx, corals and diamonds on a platinum structure. Wearing the piece on the reverse of her garment allows the wearer to discreetly get the time.
Product card of a lapel watch, 1924
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