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Piaget Art & Excellence Altiplano stone marquetry tourbillon

Marina Milojević | 06.24.18 | 02:51 AM

Earlier this year, on the occasion of the SIHH watch salon, Piaget unveiled two new limited edition models in the Altiplano collection. Reinterpreting the hard stone dials within the Altiplano collection of ultra-thin watches, Piaget introduced two unique creations adorned with malachite and lapis lazuli dials.

Altiplano High Jewellery lapis lazuli marquetry tourbillon (G0A43031)

The production of these highly sophisticated watches has been entrusted to Hervé Obligi, Maître d’Art (Master of Arts), a multi-talented artist with a strong passion for minerals and hard stone marquetry. This delicate technique adopted by Hervé Obligi was a specialty in the city of Florence during the time of the Medicis.

Piaget Altiplano Rose

For 30 years, Obligi has been working with fine stones. In 2015 Piaget collaborated with this exceptional artist on a special Altiplano Rose model featuring the Yves Piaget rose on the dial. For the second time, in 2018, Obligi applied his creative forces to the Altiplano dial, now using the miniature stone marquetry technique.

Altiplano malachite marquetry tourbillon (G0A43030

The Altiplano Tourbillon, introduced in 2017, features the ultra-thin mechanical hand-wound tourbillon Calibre 670P. Measuring just 4.6mm in thickness, the supreme movement leaves more space for the dial and, therefore, more space for creative expression. As of 1963, more than 30 different stones were used for Piaget’s hard stone dials, including lapis lazuli, turquoise, coral, jade, tiger’s eye, malachite, opal… with or without diamonds. The latest interpretation of stone marquetry features malachite and lapis lazuli.

Altiplano High Jewellery lapis lazuli marquetry tourbillon (G0A43031)

The plates of these semi-precious stones have been cut into extremely thin strips and affixed to a smooth red or white gold surface before heat gluing the joints by filing the empty space between the beveled edges with pine resin. The final result is an edition of 8 truly unique models since the inclusions, nuances and interaction with light ensures that no two are alike.

Altiplano malachite marquetry tourbillon (G0A43030

Altiplano malachite marquetry tourbillon (G0A43030) comes in a pink gold case with a dial adorned with green swirls: emerald, pine, dark and light, crisscrossed by a set of dark layers, arranged as to create a “Sunny Side of Life” effect. The watch bears the historical Piaget logo in the hour counter, while the movement side reveals circular Côtes de Genève, manual circular graining on the mainplate and bridges, as well as hand-drawn and beveled bridges and carriage.

Altiplano malachite marquetry tourbillon (G0A43030

Altiplano High Jewellery lapis lazuli marquetry tourbillon (G0A43031) is rendered in white gold and adorned on the bezel, case band, lugs, crown, clasp and case back with baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 5.07 carats. The lapis lazuli dial reveals different nuances of blue from ultramarine to azure speckled with white and gold.

Altiplano malachite marquetry tourbillon (G0A43030

Each of the two new models is available in a limited edition of 8 individually numbered pieces. The collection is a Piaget boutique exclusive.

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