From the last of the three chapters of the Wings of Light collection, an exceptional Secret Watch takes flight, marking the final ‘Ecstatic Dance’ celebrations and the crescendo of this year’s acclaimed collection.
As the sun descends on the horizon of a tropical paradise, we reach a tranquil oasis of wonder and harmony, emerging to salute excellence in an explosion of exotic brilliance. We bask in the golden glow of two exceptional diamonds of the most sought-after colour grade possible, “Fancy Vivid Yellow”. A true rarity in nature, only one in every ten thousand diamonds are classified as “Fancy”, and of those designated “Fancy Yellow”, only 6% are given the lauded accolade “Vivid”. Among the most sought after gems in the world, these diamonds light up the entire creation, shining in an effect accentuated by their radiant cut, specifically chosen for these stones so their facets reflect light like rays of the sun.
No less masterful is the treatment of the Piaget Bird’s plumage, rendered in a total of 87.23 carats of the purest of diamonds. In an exceptional display of craftsmanship, 491 diamonds are cut into 69 different sizes of the marquise shape each one precisely created to perfectly fit the overall design before being meticulously positioned into its specific place. The marquise cut is deeply cherished by Piaget and has ultimately become one of the Maison’s signature. Smoothly and seamlessly the gems flare out, following the graduating pattern across every part of the bracelet’s curved surface. This astonishing feat of setting produces an enchanting effect of volume and depth. Such attention to detail runs to the open-work craftmanship at the back of the jewel, allowing the maximum light possible to penetrate and create a thousand scintillations in the stunning sunburst pattern. The effect is simply dazzling, but belies the extent of expert craftsmanship required to create it, the secret watch as a whole requiring a total of 800 hours of work of the highest calibre at the jeweller’s bench.
Widely known as an innovator in both the watch and jewellery worlds, this degree of perfection is a trademark of the Piaget style, where master artisans continue to hone their skills and challenge their creativity in the “Ateliers de l’Extraordinaire”, delivering creations that continue to exceed expectations. Unique in every way and the crowning glory in any collection, secret watches always push the limits of excellence and have become a signature of the Maison, each requiring a masterful combination of expertise in three different areas: gemmology, watchmaking and jewellery manufacture. As horologists, Piaget is inspired by the measurement of time. As gemmologists they delight in the wonder of the world’s finest gems. And as jewellers their full complement of artistic values and virtuosity are maximised to the full, transforming gold, precious stones and Swiss movements into wearable works of art.
One hundred and forty six years of uninterrupted hisory have allowed Piaget to forge this required set of skills, combining connoisseurship with a level of perfection unsurpassed today craftsmen perform side by side in a fully integrated and synergistic combination of design and manufacturing savoir-faire, giving life to these extraordinary works of art. Precious bracelets outside, impeccable timepieces within, these unsurpassed creations carry the distinct brand of joie de vivre we have come to recognize in Piaget’s pieces, and as we end our journey with the Piaget Bird, we celebrate the latest of these creations, the ‘Exquisite Moments’ Secret Watch, as it takes flight on its journey of prowess and perfection.
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