PI­AGET

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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

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