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WHO THEY ARE In 1896, Estelle Ar­pels, daugh­ter of a French gem whole­saler, mar­ried Al­fred Van Cleef, son of a di­a­mond mer­chant from Am­s­ter­dam. Al­fred and brother-in-law Charles es­tab­lished Van Cleef & Ar­pels in 1906. The first bou­tique was lo­cated at the pres­ti­gious Place Ven­dome in Paris. CLAIM TO FAME Mar­ry­ing the art of watch­mak­ing with haute jewellery since the early 1900s, Van Cleef & Ar­pels has been at the fore­front of in­no­va­tive Swiss­made de­signs, such as the chate­laine (1918), a jewel worn at the waist with a watch fas­tened to it, and a leather bag with a watch clasp. WHAT’S HOT The Lady Ar­pels Bal­ler­ine En­chantee. The dial de­picts a fairy bal­le­rina with re­tractable “wings”, driven by an in­ge­nious dou­ble ret­ro­grade move­ment that dis­plays the time on de­mand. RETAILS AT Van Cleef & Ar­pels bou­tiques at Ma­rina Bay Sands and Ngee Ann City

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