A few weeks ago The Hour Glass (Sydney) again hosted a Piaget exhibition, this time featuring models from the Altiplano, Black Tie, Dancer and Exceptional Piece collections. Happily, I had the opportunity to pay it a visit, so without further ado, I share them with you.
This was the most eye-catching timepiece, the white gold Polo Tourbillon Relatif (Ref: G0A31148) with 34 brilliant cut diamonds on the bezel (approx 2.3ct) and hour indexes in 18K white gold set with 40 brilliant cut diamonds (approx 0.1ct). The flying tourbillon is suspended and appears disconnected, but it is powered by the Piaget 608P hand-wound movement. It is 45mm and a numbered edition.
The Emperador cushion shaped (Ref G0A35020) in white gold with perpetual calendar. It is 46.5 mm and has 60 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 5 ct) and 386 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.5 ct). The dial itself has 263 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.2 ct) with hour markers in 18K white gold. The crown has not been forgotten, with 2 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 0.4 ct) and last but not least, the buckle is set with 7 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 0.6 ct).
Inside is the Piaget 856P ultra-thin mechanical Perpetual Calendar, self-winding movement with retrograde day and date and second time zone. The movement, itself set with 25 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.2 ct), can be seen through a sapphire crystal caseback.
A more simple Emperador for everyday wear, the Ref. G0A32120 automatic in white gold is a decently sized 36 x 46mm. It has a silver coloured dial with sunburst guilloché dial featuring the Piaget coat of arms and with applied baton-shaped hour markers in white gold. Inside is the Piaget 524P self-winding movement with date.
The very traditional looking ultra-thin Tradition in pink gold. At 26mm its case is set with 42 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx 0.59ct) and has a dial with 12 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx 0.04ct) for the hour markers. Inside is the Piaget 430P ultra-thin manual winding movement.
From Piaget’s core Altiplano line, much of which is rather sedate, there was a rather more attention-grabbing ultra-thin that is available in either a 34mm or a 38mm white gold case. It has a circular dial set with brilliant-cut diamonds, a buckle also set with diamonds, and the Piaget 430P ultra-thin hand-wound movement inside.
One of the more sedate Altiplanos, the pink gold 43mm Double Jeu (Ref. G0A35153) with two calibres and two time zones, the second of which uses 24-hour time. The watch has two ultra-thin calibres, the 838P ultra-thin hand-wound with small seconds, and the 832P ultra-thin hand-wound with 24-hour time display.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the Gouverneur, part of the Black Tie collection, as someone had liked it so much that they bought it just before I got there…
Confession – what I’d really love to see ‘in the metal’ is the stunning Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-Thin.
A final thanks to The Hour Glass for allowing me the time to browse and take these photos. For those in Melbourne, the exhibition will be at Monards from 25 October – 3 November 2012.