The watch case is still extra-thin, but its profile is now slightly beveled, making it even easier to slide discreetly under a shirt cuff. The rounded attachments at the top and bottom of the case remain, helping the watch to lay lightly on the wrist. The black strap is in Pierre Arpels’s preferred patent alligator leather, now with a modern construction: two layers manually glued together so as to do away with visible stitching. The gold crown of each watch is set with a single diamond, a nod to Van Cleef & Arpels’s jewelry expertise. There are two case diameters available — 38 mm or 42 mm — and this slender wristwatch contains a correspondingly thin movement, Piaget‘s manual-winding Caliber 830 P.
The Pierre Arpels is available in rose gold (pictured) or white gold, and also in versions with diamond-set bezels. The rose-gold pieces are $15,500 (38 mm), $18,200 (42 mm), $33,500 (38 mm, with diamonds), and $40,700 (42 mm, with diamonds). The white-gold models are $16,300 (38 mm) $19,000 (42 mm), $34,300 (38 mm, with diamonds) and $41,500 (42 mm, with diamonds).