Star Maker

Shine brightly in Pi­aget’s new Lime­light Stella time­piece for women

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus -

Pi­aget knows how to please us ladies. Stylish women since Jac­que­line Kennedy Onas­sis and Sophia Loren in the Six­ties have been well served by the brand when it comes to strik­ing time­pieces.

From the vin­tage icon watches of its Ex­tremely Pi­aget High Jew­ellery col­lec­tion through its slim An­tiplano dress watches with their slinky bracelet de­signs to the Hol­ly­wood glam­our of the Lime­light col­lec­tion, Pi­aget presents myr­iad de­signs for all kinds of women.

With its lat­est watch, the Lime­light Stella, it’s the first time the brand has cre­ated such a com­pli­cated de­sign specif­i­cally for the fe­male wrist. The new time­piece, which was de­signed and de­vel­oped en­tirely in the com­pany’s work­shops at La Côte-aux-fées and Geneva, was un­veiled just prior to the Watches & Won­ders ex­hi­bi­tion in Hong Kong last month.

A move­ment fea­tur­ing an over­sized moon­phase dis­play pow­ers the Lime­light Stella; the moon has al­ways been a sym­bol of fem­i­nin­ity, and Pi­aget ex­presses a new ap­proach to this theme in its mas­ter­ful watch­mak­ing skills. The mai­son has cre­ated a won­der­ful horo­log­i­cal com­pli­ca­tion that is a sub­tle yet com­plex mech­a­nism, which en­ables it to dis­play the lu­nar cy­cle with an ex­cep­tional de­gree of pre­ci­sion, as well as tell the time. While many stan­dard moon-phase com­pli­ca­tions are ac­cu­rate to within one day ev­ery two-and-ahalf years, the Lime­light Stella is so ac­cu­rate that you would only need a one-day cor­rec­tion af­ter 122 years. As with all Pi­aget move­ments, it has been cre­ated in-house.

Pi­aget is well known for be­ing as ac­com­plished at aes­thet­ics as it is me­chan­ics so it’s no sur­prise that, aside from its fas­ci­nat­ing tech­ni­cal achieve­ments, this watch is un­mis­tak­ably fem­i­nine and glam­orous with its stun­ning gem-set­tings in either

18-karat rose-gold or white-gold. In ad­di­tion, the deep blue moon-phase disc de­picts not only the moon but also a lovely con­stel­la­tion de­sign, and the coun­ter­weight of the sec­ond hand is a star. With 14 di­a­monds set in a chevron shape un­der­scor­ing the moon-phase and a fur­ther 126 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds set on the bezel, there’s plenty of fem­i­nine sparkle to en­joy. This is an­other el­e­gant and re­fined time­piece from Planet Pi­aget, yet with enough quirk­i­ness to make it stand out from the rest. Pi­aget says it has been in­spired to cre­ate this watch be­cause, “The moon is per­pet­u­ally in­trigu­ing. De­spite it con­stantly chang­ing its ap­pear­ance, we know only its face. It is ever sur­pris­ing. Still vis­i­ble when the sun rises, it ap­pears be­fore the lat­ter has set... it re­mains elu­sive.”

The brand en­cour­aged its de­sign­ers to cre­ate the time­piece as a “trib­ute to a woman in love with free­dom” and says, “Set­ting a per­fect stage for the eter­nal charm of fem­i­nin­ity, every­thing about the Lime­light Stella con­trib­utes to en­hanc­ing its el­e­gance and glam­our. In a play on shape-in-shape ef­fects, the case re­veals a sub­tle bal­ance fea­tur­ing an ‘oval in­side a cir­cle’ theme that ex­tends through to the heart of the dial. The aes­thetic of this ar­chi­tec­ture based on pure, flow­ing, clas­sic and dar­ing lines is ac­cen­tu­ated by the sunburst dial mo­tif en­hanced by slen­der ap­plied gold hour-mark­ers.”

Pi­aget is a mai­son that is proud of the twofold jew­ellery and watch­mak­ing ex­per­tise it has cul­ti­vated over the past 140 years, and con­tin­ues to build on this grand tra­di­tion with sur­pris­ing pieces such as the daz­zling

Lime­light Stella.

TIME­LESS STYLE From left: The dial of the Lime­light Stella up close; brand am­bas­sador Jes­sica Chas­tain wear­ing the watch

IN THE SPOT­LIGHT Lime­light Stella watches in 18K rose gold with and with­out di­a­monds

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