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Piaget Altiplano Rose for SIHH 2016

Marina Milojević | 01.22.16 | 11:22 AM

The house of Piaget has just unveiled three astonishing new editions of its ultra-thin Piaget Altiplano Rose 38m. For the fifth consecutive year, the slender and elegant Altiplano highlights the artistic crafts and epitomizes the excellence of the Maison. Three gorgeous dials represent the captivating beauty of the Yves Piaget rose in wood/mother-of-pearl marquetry, wood marquetry, and gold engraving.

Yves Piaget was one of the passionate devotees of roses, to the point of having the Meilland rose-growing company to name one of its roses after him. The Yves Piaget rose, composed of 80 serrated blush-pink petals, has been continually reinvented in Piaget’s collections. In In 2012, on the occasion of the rose’s 30th birthday, the Maison chose to praise it through a sequence of Jewellery and High Jewellery creations. The Piaget watchmakers also caught its beauty on Altiplano dials, and magnified it using the traditional artistic crafts. First year, it was enamelling, the following year the dials were enamel miniature-painted by Anita Porchet and adorned with paillons and gemsetting. In 2014, the manufacture combined miniature painting and cloisonné techniques, while in 2016 three new techniques were highlighted: Grand Feu enamelling on an engraved and guilloché base; embroidery using the micro-pointillism technique, and hard stone marquetry.

Piaget Altiplano 38mm dial in wood marquetry

This year, at the SIHH 2016, Piaget is presenting two new techniques: wood/mother-of-pearl and wood marquetry, and gold engraving.

Piaget Altiplano 38mm dial in wood marquetry

Altiplano 38mm dial in wood marquetry & Altiplano 38mm dial in white mother-of-pearl & wood marquetry models are crafted by the artisan Rose Saneuil. The marquetry technique includes carving out wood so as to inlay it with various materials – in this case, wood fragments and mother-of-pearl. These feminine watches are made of 18-karat white gold, featuring a bezel set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.7 ct). The dials are graced with Dial graced with a Yves Piaget rose motif in wood marquetry (reference G0A41209), and wood and mother-of-pearl marquetry (reference G0A41208). Both models are powered by the Manufacture Piaget 430P ultra-thin hand-wound movement, with hours and minutes function. Both issued in a limited edition comprising only 18 pieces. Mounted on a white alligator leather strap with 18-karat white gold pin buckle.

Piaget Altiplano 38mm dial in gold marquetry

Altiplano 38mm engraved gold dial is crafted by the artisan Dick Steenman. The artist used a scriber to outline the petals, and then he sculpted each petal to create a depth effect. Each petal has been worked in conjunction with those around it to as to respect the hierarchy running from interior to exterior. At the end, the engraver sands and smoothens the surface, before accentuating the angles to perfect the sense of depth and volume. Piaget Altiplano 38 mm watch with an engraved gold dial is made of 18K pink gold featuring a bezel set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.7 ct). This very special edition is also powered by the same Manufacture Piaget 430P calibre, as the marquetry versions, beating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per minute. Available in an 8-piece limited edition. Reference number: G0A41190.

Piaget Altiplano 38mm dial in gold marquetry

Piaget Altiplano 38mm dial in gold marquetry

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