Unraveling the long history of the Silk Road, Piaget’s Mythical Journey collection begins in Samarkand, where the vibrant colours of Registan and star-studded skies inspire the Lights of Samarkand creations. An ancient network of trade connecting the East and the West, the city’s desert plains are turned to gold, while its mosaic madrasas become fascinations of pure craftsmanship – a nod to the façade of the region’s most astonishing mausoleum, the Gūr-i Amir.
Accented by Piaget’s artistic crafts such as eggshell-inlaid lacquers, bulino engravings, and micromosaics, the collection is taken to greater heights. Take for example the outline of the Ulugh Beg Observatory, as seen through the eyes of a starry night, magnificently captured using the technique of cloisonné enamel. The magic of the timepiece’s mother-of-pearl and engraved gold star marquetry is a true distinction of Piaget’s signature aesthetic, passed on within the Manufacture for the past three generations. But as the Swiss watchmaker ventures on towards the West, Venice unfolds a much bigger secret. Honouring the maison’s close ties with the Italian city, the Manufacture’s Secrets of Venice introduces a collection that exalts all of Venice’s wonder – from the Piazza San Marco to the blue lagoons of the Grand Canal.
With a dazzling diamond encrusted bezel and the wondrous craftsmanship of its dial, the Double Jeu model puts the maison’s daring creativity into perspective. Using the relief engraving technique, a masterpiece is created, revealing a strikingly realistic tridimensional décor of the Santa Maria della Salute, and a gondola making its way out of the city. However, perhaps the star of this collection is the cuff watch – a wonder of sparkling white gold and onyx dial.
Inspired by the Bridge of Sighs, the cuff watch exemplifies the extravagance of the house codes from the ’60s and ’70s, making it a truly spectacular timepiece to behold. Contrasting the dramatic onyx dial is the white gold and diamond bracelet, enveloping the wrist with delicate lacework, echoing charming splendour of the historic structure.
Imbued with the sheer brilliance of Piaget’s artistry, the Swiss maison’s big reveal for ‘Watches and Wonders’ captivates and shines, through the union of haute horlogerie and fine crafts. It is this alliance that puts Piaget on a map of its own, and it has been so since 1874.
The cuff watch lends sparkle and drama to an evening ensemble
The Double Jeu timepiece, featuring an
engraved depiction of the Santa Maria della Salute
Piagets’s exhibition space at ‘ Watches and Wonders’ in 2015
An engraver at work on the Double Jeu Altiplano gold module
The Ulugh Beg Observatory outlining the Ref. G0A40605 watch, accented by Piaget’s mastery of the guilloché technique