As a jewellery master, Van Cleef & Arpels creates a secret watch almost every year to show off its expertise. This year, it’s the Rubis Secret, a bangle bedecked with 115 Mozambique rubies adding up to a total of 151.25 carats, framed by diamonds and crafted from 18k gold. The watch dial is hidden discreetly in a drawer that slides out.
So precise is the mechanism that there is only 100th of a millimetre of tolerance between the drawer and the surrounding gemstones. It took an artisan a total of 1,500 hours to hand-set the diamonds and rubies – and years for Van Cleef & Arpels to find enough matching oval and cushion-cut rubies for this masterpiece.