Monday, November 21, 2016

Piaget Chinese New Year Collection - Piaget Altiplano 38mm in Cloisonné Enamel Dial Featuring Rooster Motif & Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif 45mm Unique Piece with 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, in which Rooster take over from monkey as the Chinese zodiac sign representing the year, Maison Piaget has created two limited edition timepieces.

Piaget Altiplano 38mm in Cloisonné Enamel Dial Featuring Rooster Motif : First model is based on the brand’s popular ultra-thin Altiplano watch line. Every year since 2012, Piaget has staged that Chinese New year’s zodiac sign on the dial of one of its ultra-thin Altiplano watches, masterfully handcrafted in the great Grand Feu cloisonné enamelling tradition. In 2017 the rooster joins the limited edition collection, creatively interpreted within the confines of the watch’s extremely thin case.
This timepiece was created in association with world-renowned master enameller Anita Porchet, who unleashed her imagination to bring to life the Rooster of the Chinese zodiac.  Master of this art of perfection, Anita Porchet breathes life into the exuberant rooster with creative virtuosity, achieving textures so elaborate and detailing so intricate that its luscious plumage seems to glisten as the magnificent creature poses majestically on the dial of the watch.  Contrasting with the many tones of grey, white and black, the comb on its head and the wattle beneath its chin stands out in a vibrant red, evoking the way in which the rooster shows the world the shimmering facets of its personality.

The radiance of the handcrafted enamel with its ethereal glow is enhanced by the natural beauty of 78 brilliant-cut diamonds set on the watch’s white gold case. Limited to just 38 pieces, this collector’s edition is a fitting homage to great skill of the métiers d’art with their ancestral techniques so passionately nurtured by Piaget. 

Technical details
Piaget Altiplano38mm in cloisonné enamel
18K white gold case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.7 ct)
Grand Feu cloisonné enamel dial inspired by the Chinese zodiac and graced with a Rooster motif
Manufacture Piaget 430P ultra-thin mechanical manual-winding movement
Functions: hours, minutes
Power reserve: approx. 43 hours
Black alligator leather strap with a white gold ardillon buckle
Piaget Boutique exclusivity
G0A41540 – N°01/38   

Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif 45mm Unique Piece with 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs: In keeping with this tradition of paying tribute to the culture of the Asian continent and to mark the 10th anniversary of the famous Tourbillon Relatif movement, Piaget has created a one-of-a-kind piece inspired by the Chinese zodiac. For this exclusive and unique masterpiece in white gold and black enamel, a master engraver and enameller have come together to stage the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac on the dial of a Piaget Polo timepiece combining champlevé Grand Feu enamelling with delicate hand engravings of each of the animals.  From its dial to the back and the sides of the case, this model can be entirely personalized to the wishes of its owner thanks to the creative marriage of two exceptional Art & Excellence techniques.
The theme of the Chinese zodiac is carried through on the profile of the watch’s case decorated with the 12 Chinese characters associated with each of the signs of the zodiac engraved in champlevé with black enamelling. On the case-back, the Chinese symbol for longevity is engraved and then delicately enamelled. Inside this artistic ode to the legend of the Chinese zodiac beats the 608P Tourbillon Relatif movement, itself a technical tour-de-force and a revolutionary concept in high watchmaking with the ultra-thin carriage of the tourbillon making a double revolution: one on itself every minute, and one rotation around the dial every hour.

The hours are indicated by the central disc, while the seconds are indicated by the carriage of the tourbillon suspended above the dialon the minute hand. In celebration of the movement’s 10th anniversary, the minute hand has been redesigned as a cut-out arrow so as to allow a better view of the decorations on the dial.

Technical details
Model: Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif 45mm inspired by the Chinese Zodiac with the 12 Zodiac signs
Hand engraving and Champlevé Grand Feu enameling
18K white gold case
Hand engraved and Champlevé Grand Feu enameled case and dial
Manufacture Piaget 608P mechanical manual-winding Tourbillon Relatif Movement
Functions: hours/minutes
Power reserve: approx. 80 hours
Black alligator leather strap with a white gold folding clasp
Piaget Boutique Exclusivity
G0A41200– Unique Piece

Two uniquely distinctive creations available exclusively at Piaget Boutiques, two special ways to celebrate the year ahead. By giving free reign to the artistry of the most skilled artisans, Piaget evokes all the symbolism and the richness of Asian culture.

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