In 1935, Van Cleef & Arpels debuted the Cadenas timepiece, inspired by Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, and designed it to look like a bracelet, because elegant women weren’t supposed to wear wristwatches. I’ve been searching for a vintage one since I fell in love with a friend’s, but now that the watch is being relaunched for spring, my hunt is over.
Van Cleef & Arpels watch, price upon request, vancleefarpels.com.
Cartier Cle in 18k gold set with diamonds, price upon request, cartier.com.
Ralph Lauren 18k rose gold Tuxedo Watch, $18,000, ralphlaurenwatches.com.
Roger Dubuis Velvet in 18k pink gold with diamonds, $21,200, rogerdubuis.com.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz in stainless steel case, diamond-set pink gold bezel and stainless-steel and 18k pink gold bracelet, $20,500, audemarspiguet.com.
Parmigiani Tonda 1950 in 18k rose gold bracelet with graphite dial, $34, 500, parmigiani.ch.