Best of the Best 2016: Style | Women’s Watches: Van Cleef & Arpels Carpe Koï

High Jewelry: Van Cleef & Arpels Carpe Koï

Some high-jewelry watches resemble traditional timepieces, and others appear fantastical. The Carpe Koï—a one-of-a-kind fish-inspired sculpture that Van Cleef & Arpels created last year—is one of the latter. Its charm and playfulness are simply unrivaled. The fish wraps around your wrist, hiding the time in its mouth. A press on the fish’s tail releases the bracelet’s clasp.   

  • The Carpe Koï is set with 8,000 colored stones, including yellow sapphires, spessartite garnets, Paraíba-like tourmalines, and diamonds.

  • Creating the watch required 3,450 hours of labor.

  • The watch’s design echoes that of the Carpe Koï ring in the brand’s high-jewelry collection.

Van Cleef & Arpels, (price undisclosed)

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