It’s not often a watch maker with a talent for ultra-thin movements makes the jump into high jewelry with such yummy results. Piaget is exceptional in this way and, since its creative heyday in the 1960s, designs its high jewellery collections in comparison with its own women’s jewellery watches.
Walking on sunshine
A far cry from these tiny, fussy diamond watches that were once the apex of femininity, Piaget’s women’s watches pack a powerful visual and psychological punch. Vibrant colour, exquisite craftsmanship and a solid 1970s vibe would be the order of the afternoon in Piaget as Sunlight Journey, the most recent collection surfaced throughout Couture Week at Paris this July, so eloquently attests. Sunlight Journey takes its inspiration from Italy’s Amalfi Coast and captures three distinct times of day — dawn, midday and sunset — in a dazzling array of top jewellery and watches.
This chapter of this Sunlight Journey trilogy captures the delicate, muted colours of a sunrise stroll along the beach. The Sand Waves secret cuff watch (above) recreates the different textures and colors of sand portrayed on a canvas of alternating weathered and polished pink gold, washed by gentle waves chosen out in diamonds. Set with a 10.45-carat white opal, which is lifted to reveal the mother-of-pearl dial, I’m heartbroken to inform you that this is a special piece. But don’t despair, there’s lots of magic to go about, and the Iridescent Reflections watch (under ), modelled on a famous vintage Piaget cuff of 1971, is put in a pink golden diamond-studded cage and utilizes the magical light of a white opal in the dial to catch the soft dawn hues.
Another outstanding opinion from the dawn chapter is the Schiuma d’Oro model (under ). The Italian for”golden foam”, the dial of this ultra-thin Altiplano view was created using gold leaf and the delicate ability of using tiny shards of eggshell to make a mosaic.
The Sun in its zenith
It’s midday and the sharp outline of the seas across the Amalfi coastline plunge to the emerald and blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The Verde Bisazza view — that (top of article) Jessica Chastain is sporting combined with the matching ring and necklace — is Piaget watches at its zenith, bringing to life the asymmetrical shapes of this cuff with a spray of black opals, emeralds and refreshing white diamonds. Employing lapis lazuli stone onto the dial to evoke the intense blue of deep waters, the Blue Shore cuff watch is framed with a jagged white gold cuff reminiscent of this uneven shore of the island.