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Piaget Altiplano 38 mm Year of the Monkey

Marina Milojević | 12.16.15 | 12:02 AM

The house of Piaget is joining the celebration of the Chinese New Year with a special edition of its flagship Altiplano model. Every year since 2012, Piaget has created a new watch within its Art & Excellence collection, staging the upcoming year’s zodiac sign. For the next year will be the Year of the Monkey, the brand has created a hand-made dial depicting the seated monkey holding a peach – a symbol of immortality. This year’s model is from the Altiplano watch family, and it measures 38mm in diameter.

The dial of the Piaget Altiplano 38 mm Year of the Monkey is decorated by the hand of master enameler Anita Porchet, using the technique of Cloisonné enamelling. In her exceptional interpretation of the traditional Chinese imagery, the monkey is depicted against a soft greyish background, which resembles a winter sky. To ensure clear vision, and better isolate colors, she partitioned the enamel using cloisons, which are compartments created on the surface of the dial, by soldering silver wires placed on their edges.

Piaget Altiplano 38 mm Year of the Monkey

To create this breathtaking dial, Anita Porched first formed forms the motif with hollow partitions created with strips of gold. Then she crushed and mixed the pigments by hand, before filling the compartments with colorful powders. The piece then needs to be fired in a kiln, at a temperature over 800°C, to give the enamel its distinctive glow and ensure the longevity of the creation.

This sophisticated dial is embedded in the 18-carat white gold case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds. The case measures 38 mm in diameter, and accommodates Manufacture Piaget 430P ultra-thin mechanical manual-winding movement. The mechanism provides indications for hours and minutes, as well as around 43 hours of power reserve. The watch is mounted on a black alligator leather strap with white gold pin buckle.

Piaget Altiplano 38 mm Year of the Monkey timepiece, reference G0A40540, is available in a limited edition of only 38 individually numbered pieces. This model is exclusive to Piaget Boutiques.

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