A LACE IN TIME
STYLE Sara Bran swaps stone for precious metal in her recent collaboration with Piaget.
Sara Bran’s foray into jewellery began with a small piece of stone broken by accident while carving. “I made a pendant out of it,” she shares. “I’ve had an interest in jewellery for a long time, so I started a collection following the pendant and it was quite successful.” For Piaget, Bran conceived a pair of pink gold timepieces showcasing two very different applications of gold lace — an art for which she is believed to be the originator and still its foremost exponent. The Piaget Altiplano Double Jeu Gold Lacework is an extra-thin proposition carrying the manual wound 430P movement, with the dial partially hidden behind a window of diamond-set gold lacework. A pusher pops open the window, which is encircled on the upper bezel by brilliant-cut diamonds. This is limited to eight, while the High Jewellery Gold Lacework Cuff Watch is an extravagant one-of-one. A natural white opal dial shows the hands of its quartz movement. Meanwhile, radiating outwards from this dial are 382 brilliant- cut and 30 marquise-cut diamonds around the cuff. Bran first drew the intended pattern on tracing paper before outlining it