Pierre Arpels joined Van Cleef & Arpels at the end of World War II. He contributed uniquely to the history of the Maison when in 1949 – in total secrecy – he designed a watch of rare quality and timeless beauty. He wanted to create “an exceptional piece” to which he gave his own name: the Pierre Arpels.
He wanted to create “an exceptional piece” to which he gave his own name.
At first, this exclusive timepiece was only available to Pierre Arpels’ social circle. Although it did not appear on general sale until 1967, it has been featured in the Maison’s watch collections ever since.
Originally in yellow gold with a white enamel dial and black leather strap and presented in a multitude of versions over the years, it has always personified the same combination of tradition and modernity.
Elegant and extra-thin, the Pierre Arpels is immediately recognizable for the two straight bars which frame its dial, with single attaching pins at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions.
The Pierre Arpels remains today a symbol of discrete sophistication, the very essence of the Van Cleef & Arpels style.