Watch Wednesday

The Van Cleef & Arpels Ruban Secret Watch

A hallmark of Van Cleef & Arpels since the 1930s, a pink ribbon secretly hides the time inside an enchanting sapphire bow.

A hallmark of Van Cleef & Arpels since the 1930s, a pink ribbon secretly hides the time inside an enchanting sapphire bow.

Like a sweet pink ribbon that encircles the wrist, the Ruban Secret from Van Cleef & Arpels looks like a straightforward, if confection-like, bangle bracelet. Swathed in pink sapphires and white diamonds set in 18-karat pink gold and distinguished by an extravagant bow—a familiar motif that dates to the 1920s, when bows, tassels, and ribbons fashioned from precious stones were a house favorite—the piece holds a secret: A watch dial is positioned beneath the jeweled bow, allowing its wearer to hide or reveal the time at will. The result is both discrete and delightful.

Van Cleef & Arpels Ruban Secret, vancleefarpels.com; price upon request

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