Tiny Can­vas An enamel mas­ter­piece by Pi­aget


Al­though you’d prob­a­bly never nor­mally think of wear­ing art on your wrist, Pi­aget’s spec­tac­u­lar minia­ture paint­ings might make you re­con­sider. The 143-year-old com­pany’s ‘Se­crets & Lights’ col­lec­tion com­prises 38 lim­ited edi­tion watches, in­clud­ing this one, which took home the 2016 GPHG Artis­tic Crafts Watch Prize. Named the Pro­to­cole XXL, it mea­sures 42 by 46 mil­lime­tre, and de­picts the Basil­ica di Santa Maria della Salute. But the real magic is how it’s made. The artist, Ce­sare Bella, used a spe­cial tech­nique of mi­cro mo­saics to cre­ate a flaw­less vin­tage Vene­tian scene com­prised of 5,000 tiny glass tiles, in­di­vid­u­ally made and placed on the dial and the ad­ja­cent ‘spill­way’. It’s an ex­cru­ci­at­ingly time-con­sum­ing process, hence only three of these 240,000 USD pieces will ever be made.

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