Geneva, Switzerland — Diamonds, aventurine, magical movements and ultimate arts and crafts all came together in Geneva at the Piaget presentation. High jewelry arts and crafts and Haute Horlogerie are the hallmarks of the Piaget Polo Skeleton timepiece presented at the prestigious Watch & Wonders Fair in Geneva. The watch is outfitted with a highly refined mechanical movement and literally paved with diamonds. The 1,746 brilliant cut diamonds catch the eye but the centerpiece of the timepiece is the Piaget Polo Skeleton in-house movement, the 1200S. The ultra-flat movement has a thickness of only 2.4mm and this version is outfitted with a core resistance to magnetic fields which can effect the accuracy of a watch. The 42 mm case is adorned with 268 brilliant-cut diamonds and equipped with a white gold bracelet which is paved with1,476 brilliant-cut diamonds. The setting of the diamonds alone required 61 hours of fine art and craft work and was undertaken in the house’s Atelier Extraordinaire (Extraordinary Workshop). The watch enjoys a power reserve of 44 hours and is water resistant to 30 meters.
Aventurine worked its way into the Limelight Gala collection, one of the house’s most iconic and a celebrated watch for women. The new Limelight Gala Aventurine is a journey into the magic and mystery of the nighttime sky. This timepiece is all about a tribute to high jewelry creation from its case to its dial and bracelet. The Limelight collection draws its inspiration from the celebrated Piaget Society of the 1970s when celebrities, artists and clients of the house would come together to partake in joyful moments. The horns that extend out from the dial and bezel are hallmarks of the Gala Limelight pieces and require expert craftsmanship to set the diamonds. Nestled into a white gold case of 32 mm it is adorned with 62 volute diamonds perfectly setting off the mysterious aventurine glass dial. This technique for fashioning glass traces its origins to 17th century Venice and the Island of Murano, celebrated for its glassmaking techniques. The timepiece has been brought out in a limited edition of only 300 pieces.
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