Plaza Watch International - - Sihh Roundup -

It has an evoca­tive name… The Black Tie. And a great his­tory too, be­ing the watch choice of Andy Warhol – a man of no­to­ri­ously fas­tid­i­ous taste. With its big rounded square­cush­ion shape and su­per-min­i­mal­ist two-hand dial, it has one of the most strik­ing looks of any watch of the last decade. OK, so it ac­tu­ally harks back more to the 1960s, when Piaget ex­per­i­mented with hard stone di­als, cut­ting them from pieces of lapis lazuli, jade or even ruby. This con­sid­er­ably more un­der­stated in­ter­pre­ta­tion uses pol­ished black onyx, giv­ing the kind of sheen you can’t eas­ily repli­cate us­ing paint or coat­ings, and a sat­is­fy­ing heft to the piece too. To match this colour­ing, the orig­i­nal watch’s yel­low gold case has been re­placed by one in white gold – yel­low gold and black be­ing a bit too much like a Mid­dle Eastern Prince’s bath­room – while the case it­self is smaller thanks to the use of Piaget’s 534P move­ment. The case, in­deed, is rather spec­tac­u­lar in it­self, the gold­smiths at Piaget (as much a jew­eller as a watch­maker, re­call) hav­ing cre­ated this de­scend­ing, stepped effect of curvy con­tours. The re­sult is, most def­i­nitely, a dress watch – yes, the per­fect model to wear with your din­ner suit. But what a waste, wait­ing for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion to put this on. JS

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