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Van Cleef & Arpels "Ludo Hexagone" Bracelet Watch

Created circa 1940, this "Ludo Hexagone" bracelet watch by Van Cleef & Arpels is composed of 18K gold and diamonds. The bracelet of ultra-flexible meshlike hexagonal links à ruche and star-set with round-cut diamonds centers a domed "à pont" motif pavé-set with round-cut diamonds that opens to reveal a goldtone dial with abstract numeral indicators and jeweled Swiss movement. The bracelet snaps smoothly and casually onto the wrist with one hand. With its high flexibility and give, this stylish watch expresses the era's gift for combining dramatic, sweeping lines with industrial precision through extraordinary artisanship.

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Item #: W-20915
Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels, New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1940
Dimensions: 6.00" diameter
Materials: 197 round diamonds (approximate total weight 4.60 carats); 18K Gold; Platinum
Signed: VAN CLEEF & ARPELS N.Y. 3914

The "Ludo Hexagone", designed as a mosaic of smoothly articulated hexagonal links, was a original design introduced by Van Cleef & Arpels Paris in 1935. The design team of Renée Van Cleef and René Sim Lecaze named the new design after Renée's beloved uncle Louis "Ludo" Arpels. In 1940, Louis helped establish the firm's New York salon, where this bracelet was created.