According to the Archives of Piaget, the present "manchette" watch was manufactured in 1971.
Predominantly cased in yellow gold and with a combination of different hardstones, examples of the “manchette” watch in white gold and with exclusively one semi-precious stone, such as the present watch, are extremely rare. It is furthermore preserved in excellent overall condition.
Piaget’s "Manchette" collection waslaunched in the late 1960s/early 1970s, the watches designed for a young and avant-garde female clientele and were characterized by their large bracelets, forming a cone when worn, and the unusual dial materials.
A similar watch in yellow gold and set with lapis lazuli and turquoises is illustrated in Montres et Merveilles de Piaget by F. Cologni, G. Negretti, F. Nencini, p. 72.
Founded in 1874 by Georges Piaget in La Côte-aux-Fées, Switzerland, the company opened its first showroom at 40, rue du Rhône, Geneva, in 1959. Piaget rapidly became the specialist for the world's thinnest watches and the unique style of cases and bracelets in 18K gold or platinum, the only case materials the firm allows to enter its workshops. The company is a pioneer in the realm of watches embellished with gemstones, using lapis lazuli, coral, mother-of-pearl, tiger's eye and onyx in an amazing symphony of dials which appeal to customers increasingly eager for colour and variety.