NEW: Piaget Rose Altiplano Rose Bouquet Métiers d’Art

The Piaget Rose is the name of an actual flower named after Yves Piaget and the brand’s ‘floral emblem’. Since its inaugural appearance in 2002 in the High Jewellery collection, it has found its way into both timepieces and jewellery.

The rose timepieces have been realised in many different Métiers d’Art forms over the years, including mosaic, wood and stone marquetry, embroidery, engraving, guilloché, and miniature enamel. You may recall our earlier posts about some of these, and of the artisans who have worked with Piaget on them. Regardless of whether you like roses or not, what has remained consistent in these special Piaget Rose timepieces over the years is the skill and beauty of the special dials.

In 2021 four new Piaget Rose timepieces have been added to the collection, this time combining gold engraving, ornamental stones, glyptic, and enamelling – meet the the Altiplano Rose Bouquet Métiers d’Art.

Each of the four dials depicts a bouquet of Piaget Roses and is the combined work of jeweller, gem-setter and engraver Dick Steenman, and watchmaking’s most well-known master enameller Anita Porchet, whose work we have mentioned many times. Anita Porchet has been collaborating with Piaget since 2006, and is renowned for her mastery of all the enamelling techniques, from the most complicated miniature, to cloisonné, champlevé, grisaille and paillonné.

The art or process of carving or engraving on precious stones is called glyptography. Used mostly in jewellery, here it is done in a minaturised form by Dick Steenman.

For these new watches, they have created four dials using gold, imperial jasper, coral, chrysoprase, mokaïte, enamel, and mother-of-pearl. Dick Steenman sculpts and engraves each miniature Piaget Rose in gold, and Anita Porchet does the enamelling.

All four numbered limited editions (eight of each) come in 36mm sized (7.6mm thick), 18k gold cases set with baguette-cut diamonds. Three of the four have ornamental stones as well as pink sapphires, green tsavorites and diamonds. The fourth watch has an engraved solid gold dial with pink sapphires, amethysts, and diamonds.

Inside the new watches is Piaget’s ultra-thin manually-wound Calibre 430P, which has a power reserve of 43 hours.

The four new pieces are as follows:

1. Altiplano Rose Bouquet Métiers d’Art (Reference: G0A46216) – the case is set with 48 baguette-cut diamonds (approx.1.63cts) and 279 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx.1.47cts). The crown is set with one brilliant-cut diamond (approx.0.06ct). The dial has ornamental stones glyptic, gold engraving, and enamel. It is set with nine brilliant-cut green tsavorites (approx.0.02ct) and 37 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx.0.18ct). The watch comes on a coral alligator strap with 18K rose gold ardillon buckle set with 23 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx.0.04ct).

2. Altiplano–Rose Bouquet Métiers d’Art (Reference: G0A46217) – the case is set with 48 baguette-cut diamonds (approx.1.63cts) and 279 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx.1.47cts). The crown is set with one brilliant-cut diamond (approx.0.06ct). The dial has ornamental stones glyptic, gold engraving, and enamel. It is set with 28 brilliant-cut pink sapphires (approx. 0.14ct), eight brilliant-cut green tsavorites (approx.0.02ct), and 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.05ct). The watch comes on a pink alligator strap with 18K rose gold ardillon buckle set with 23 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.04ct).

3. Altiplano Rose Bouquet Métiers d’Art (Reference: G0A46218) – the case is set with 48 baguette-cut diamonds (approx.1.63cts) and 279 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.47cts). The crown is set with one brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.06ct). The dial has ornamental stones glyptic, gold engraving, and enamel. It is set with 14 brilliant-cut pink sapphires (approx. 0.07ct),11 brilliant-cut green tsavorites (approx. 0.02ct), and 24 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx.0.12ct). The watch comes on a raspberry alligator strap with 18K rose gold ardillon buckle set with 23 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx.0.04ct).

4. Altiplano Rose Bouquet Métiers d’Art (Reference: G0A46219) – the case is set with 48 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 1.63cts) and 279 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.47cts). The crown is set with one brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.06ct). The dial features gold engraving. The watch is set with 23 brilliant-cut pink sapphires (approx.0.12ct), six brilliant-cut purple amethysts (approx.0.04ct), and 12 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx.0.06ct). It comes on a pink alligator strap with 18K rose gold ardillon buckle set with 23 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx.0.04ct).

Miniature works of art that show off the work of Steenman and Porchet, the new Piaget Rose Altiplano Rose Bouquet Métiers d’Art are available through Piaget boutiques.

 

[Photo credit: Piaget]



Categories: Limited Editions, Piaget, Watch Profile, watches, Women's watches

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