With each completion of a lunar year cycle watch brands bring out their animal-appropriate themed watches for the year to come. Piaget has been a part of this tradition and have an announced, for the incoming year of the Ox, an Altiplano with an Anita Porchet grand feu cloisonné dial. But today’s post is not about dials with lunar animals but of something that can be worn with far more regularity.
Although it has been released in conjunction with the Oxen-themed piece (and thus, a part of the broader lunar new year watches), Piaget’s new Limelight Stella moonphase is in an auspiciously bright red with not an animal in sight. For those who might remember, we first encountered the Limelight Stella at its launch in Hong Kong in 2015.
The Limelight Stella is in a 36mm 18 kt rose gold with 126 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel (approx. 0.65 ct) and fourteen brilliant-cut diamonds on the mother-of-pearl dial (approx. 0.05 ct) which surrounds a hammered rose gold centre. The display of the lunar cycle is via a two large moons framed by a diamond-set v-shape opening at 12 o’clock. Surrounding the moons you will see the celestial features of Ursa Major and Minor and for the first time, in red.
Its automatic Calibre 584P beats at 21,600 VPH and has a 42-hour power reserve, and is decorated with a circular-grained mainplate, bevelled bridges, blued screws, circular Côtes de Genève, and the Piaget coat-of-arms on the oscillating weight. You can see what the rear will look like here and imagine it in an 18kt rose gold case.
Coming on a red alligator leather strap with an 18 kt rose gold pin buckle, the Limelight Stella will be available in Hong Kong and China from February 2021 followed by the rest of the world from April 2021.
[Photo credit: Piaget]