This has to be one of the coolest watch around. It is the Van Cleef & Arpels Le Pont des Amoureux watch. In English it is called The Lovers' Bridge. The bridge actually exist and it is a bridge spanning the Thiou River in Annecy, France. It is important to note at this point that the bridge depicted on the watch dial is not a rendition of the actual bridge.
So what is so cool about this watch? Well the watch has two retrograde display, one showing the hour and the other the minutes. Nothing new there, but the way the time is displayed is unique. The hour is displayed by a delicate figure of a woman carrying an umbrella, while the minute is shown by a man holding a flower (rose?) behind his back. Twice a day (at 12) they meet atop the bridge and have a fleeting kiss.
The man is depicted as more eager to meet the girl as he goes up and down the bridge 12 times before he is finally rewarded with a kiss from the girl who takes her time to go up the bridge.
The watch measures 30 mm in diameter and is made with white gold. The bezel is decorated with diamonds as is the lugs. The watch is powered by the Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 846. The dial itself is a work of art as it is hand painted. The enamel dial is baked in a furnace and the result is a beautiful three dimensional scene. The watch is part of the Poetic Complications series and is expected to retail for USD 116,000.
Photograph: Van Cleef & Arpels
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