In a land where summer sun never sets, nights have the brightness of day. Here, the pale sky meshes with snowy peaks, to offer a scintillating, ever-changing vision of light and colour. It is this mysterious landscape, with sunlight like nowhere else that has inspired the Maison Piaget to create Sunlight Escape, a High Jewellery collection of boundless freedom and delight.
With this collection, each sparkling sun-kissed stone, each touch of colour, each glint of light takes on an exceptional depth and intensity, just like the enchanting place that has inspired it.
Sunlight Escape captures this sensation of being beneath a star-studded sky lit up by surreal colours that blur our sense of reality. Moments are made radiant, and one revels in simply contemplating the magical passage of time. Jewels sparkle with a thousand fires, complementing the celestial sphere and illuminating the night.
Warming Lights, Exalting Sights, and Dancing Nights: these are the three brilliant facets of Sunlight Escape, a celebration of art and life itself.
Warming Lights, radiating through shapes and materials that capture and diffuse light, in pink, yellow gold and white diamonds. Exalting Sights, giving pride of place to the truly spectacular, expressing the unique expertise of the Maison Piaget. Dancing Nights, presenting a flurry of asymmetrical shapes caught up in dazzling, flowing motion.
In these three joyful, whirling, captivating facets, Sunlight Escape expresses itself freely, and with a sun-inspired spirit of love.
Warming Lights is composed of creations at once powerful and delicate. They express radiance in their form, and flamboyance in the audacity of their materials. In pink gold, yellow, and white diamonds, they catch the light and transform it through a multitude of reflections and refractions.
A necklace brilliantly displays dozens of pink-gold engraved batons decorated with marquisecut diamonds. As a solar centre stone, an emerald-cut emerald of 6.02 carats* gleams a deep green (G37N7000). A signature of the Maison Piaget, a cuff-bracelet in pink gold is set with a marquetry motif of feathers and gold leaves, like scintillating light reflecting off a crystalline frozen sea (G36M7800). A ring sparkles with brilliant-cut diamonds and a large cushion-cut diamond of 2.3 carats* (G34HY200). A watch set with diamonds and white gold is completed by a bracelet of rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds, like little droplets of freshly melted snow (G0A43270).
THE ART OF GEM SETTING
Gem setting is a demanding technique that requires patience, precision and dexterity. The task must be carried out perfectly to ensure that the setting of the precious stone is both strong and stable. An art form in the true sense of the term involves transcending techniques to create an absolute impression of brilliance. And, in order to bring out the full sparkle of every stone, the Maison demonstrates a mastery of the many different types of settings. One particularly refined technique is the “serti descendu” or “cut-down setting”, which provides an unparalleled lustre to the stone. With infinite care, the setter secures the stone within chiselcut claws, before cutting them back to offer a clear view of the stone. Applied to the diamondset surround of each rose-cut diamond, it provides a halo of light that captures and projects the pure beauty of the jewel.
In its peerless delicacy and harmony, there is something transcendent about the work of feather artist, Nelly Saunier. Winner of the Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l’Intelligence de la Main, she was once more a natural choice for Piaget to collaborate on Sunlight Escape. For this High Jewellery collection, she has crafted a series of 4 exceptional creations in the form of earrings and manchettes that evoke a snowy landscape illuminated by the piercing rays of the sun. As only such a Maître d’Art knows how, Nelly Saunier brings together the art of feathers and the art of gold. A composition of pure-white feathers is brilliantly contrasted with leaves of rose gold, creating the scintillating effect of frosty snow glistening in the sun’s warm rays (G36M7800).
“Palace decoration” is an engraving process inspired by Haute Couture. It involves handguilloching gold with irregular streaks to give the effect of raw silk. The result is a supple, fabriclike appearance, and an inimitable glow that accentuates the sparkle of precious stones. This engraving process is a true Piaget signature for which the Maison has long been renowned. Combined with gold polishing and diamond setting, such High Jewellery creations push the limits of expertise and creativity. An essential element in the Sunlight Escape collection, the Midnight Sun necklace displays this Palace decoration with particular brilliance. In this instance, the marquise-cut diamonds lead naturally to the profoundly intense green of a large emerald (G37N7000).
Exalting Sights celebrates nature in transformation, in all its force, in all its grandeur. In northern lands, time flows with intensity. Our gaze is lost in these large icy expanses. A necklace with a playful graphical design is set with shades of blue: lapis lazuli, Paraiba tourmalines and aquamarines collide with waves of brilliant-cut diamonds (G37N6100). Like a winter dream, a watch of diamonds and white gold is coloured by a cushion-cut emerald of 1.8 carats* and marquise-shaped emeralds (G0A43262). Two waves of diamonds close around a night-blue sea created of lapis lazuli forming the dial of the watch (G0A43264). Like the glistening plateau of a freshly formed iceberg, a fancy-cut cabochon tourmaline of 24.73 carats* is the centre stone of a ring set with multiple brilliant-cut diamonds in white gold (G34HY400).
Forming the heart of a necklace, an emerald-cut emerald of 18.88 carats* is set off by a surround of fine goldwork and diamonds of varied size (G37N5600). A cascading necklace of drops and frosted points sparkles with green. The necklace is crowned by a pear-cut emerald of 7.50 carats* (G37N5700). Another necklace paved with brilliant and fancy-cut diamonds hugs the throat to display a sapphire of deepest blue (G37N5400).
As evening turns to night, the sky becomes a dazzling new theatre of colours. Driven by solar winds, the aurora borealis sweeps silently through the atmosphere, flaring, fading and flaring once more. It is this unique heavenly spectacle that has inspired Dancing Nights. With an explosion of colour, a pendant necklace shows a generous heart. An oval-cut red spinel radiates outwards in red and pink spinels, Paraiba tourmalines, spessartites and white opals (G37N6800). The starry sky of the Great North is charged with elation and joy. Turning slowly without shadows, it lights up the night.
KITE SHAPED EMERALDS
Emerald is the perfect precious stone to evoke the colours of the northern lights. Inventive and audacious, the trapeze-cut emerald, also known as “kite-shaped”, is a natural choice for the Maison Piaget. For a signature creation of the Sunlight Escape collection, each stone has been carefully chosen and cut to create a harmonious ensemble. After a painstaking process that required the finest gemmologists to work for over a year, the final result is breath-taking (G37N5700).
For the first time ever, Maître d’Art Rose Saneuil has worked on three High Jewellery creations. Pushing the limits of creativity, Rose Saneuil has developed a surprising association between
straw and wood. More precisely, it is by using fine straw from rye grass and wood from European hornbeam and sycamore that she has crafted these exquisite marquetry creations. Element by element, each miniscule piece of veneer is carefully cut to exact size before being meticulously positioned to create the whole (G38N9100).
Sunlight Escape brings together exceptional gems, finely crafted precious metals, surprising materials, and the rarest skills of art and craftsmanship. The resulting creations represent a voyage to the very heart of Piaget’s expertise. Singularity and rarity combine with the sublime to fashion intricate jewellery and watches.
It is in this way that Sunlight Escape shines a brilliant light on talents and skills that magnify the works of nature. In the Maison’s Ateliers de l’Extraordinaire, Piaget’s master goldsmiths and gem-setters have long taken advantage of their creative freedom to craft flamboyant and bold creations of a truly distinctive style. With audacity and generosity, Sunlight Escape expresses this luminous and inspired vision of Piaget par excellence.