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Best Accessories: 3 Picks from Cannes 2016

We have kicked off Day One of the Cannes Film Festival and it has been a treat to see the style stars work their magic. It’s time to pay the beautiful accessories some attention and shine the light on three actresses who impressed us, as they worked the red carpet.

Naomi Watts wearing Bulgari's High Jewelry collection.

Naomi Watts wearing Bulgari’s High Jewelry collection.

First on the list, is Naomi Watts with Bulgari. Her one-of-a kind statement necklace, Italian Extravaganza, stood out against her blonde hair and porcelain skin. The high jewelry necklace must have been heavy but she showed no signs of fatigue— what a pro. The final count on that dazzler? We spy 130 carats of amethysts, 35 carats of rubellites, 52.79 carats of aquamarines and 6.13 carats of diamonds. She topped it off with a pair of round brilliant cut diamonds in platinum from Bulgari’s high jewelry collection.

Julianne Moore wearing Chopard's Green Carpet Collection.

Julianne Moore wearing Chopard’s Green Carpet Collection.

Next up, is Oscar wnner Julianne Moore. She completed her outfit with a pair of emerald earrings and a ring from Chopard’s new Green Carpet Collection. The capsule collection will be launched officially May 14 so this serves as a teaser to what is to come. The pear-shaped emeralds — 10 and 11 carats each — are surrounded by marquise cut diamonds. The ring, in 18-carat white gold, features a 10.3-carat cushion-shaped emerald and marquise-cut diamonds. To learn more about the emeralds and Chopard’s collaboration with Gemfields, click here.

Jessica Chastain in Piaget's High Jewelry collection.

Jessica Chastain in Piaget’s High Jewelry collection.

The final stunner that caught our attention is Jessica Chastain. Her Piaget necklace from the brand’s high jewelry collection stood out against her brightly hued Armani Privé gown. The simple and elegant necklace was the only accessory she wore that night and we say it was an excellent choice.

To find out more about our list of the 10 best dressed on the red carpet, click here.

6 Métiers d’Arts Monkey Year Watches

The year of the monkey began several months ago but that doesn’t mean its too late for you to get some arm candy featuring exceptional artwork. We bring you six timepieces that combine the art with the zodiac in a sophisticated way.

Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the MonkeyChopard-Monkey-Business

Reprising the Japanese art of lacquer painting, the L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Monkey depicts a scene considered particularly auspicious: A monkey gathering eight peaches. This symbolises longevity and good fortune since peaches stand for good health and eight is a lucky number. Chopard worked with the Yamada Heiando lacquerware firm, which happens to be the official purveyor to the Japanese imperial family.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief MonkeyJaquet-Droz-Monkey-Business

The incredibly lifelike Petite Heure Minute Relief Monkey resembles a mini-diorama, the kind you might find in a natural history museum. No less than four métiers d’art techniques were employed in its making: mother-of-pearl marquetry (on the peach tree), hand-engraving and sculpture in relief (on the macaque and branch), and lacquering (on the dial). Two versions exist, one in white gold and the other in red gold, each limited to 28 pieces.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM850Panerai-Monkey-Business

Panerai’s tradition of making Luminor 1950 Sealand models engraved with animals of the Chinese zodiac continues this year. It began with the Year of the Ox in 2009. This year, PAM850 bears a picture of a monkey surrounded by peach blossoms. While the subject engraved on the case cover is indisputably Chinese in style, the technique used is Italian, involving the hammering of gold threads into hand-chiselled grooves.

Ulysse Nardin Classico Year of the MonkeyUlysse-Nardin-Monkey-Business

Going for a more comic strip-like style as opposed to attempting to create a lifelike image, Ulysse Nardin presents a monkey motif that is alert, lithe, and impish yet artistic. This dial had been created for Ulysse Nardin by sister firm and dial specialist, Donze Cadrans, which used the champlevé technique. Chiselling grooves on the dial and filling them with vitreous enamel, the background lends a nice contrast to the gold markings.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art La Légende du Zodiaque Chinois Year of the MonkeyVacheron-Constanin-Monkey-Business

Crafting artistic watches is Vacheron Constantin’s specialty and its Chinese zodiac collection has always aimed to replicate the nuances in poise and expression of the animals. This year’s piece combines relief engraving with the traditional art of paper cutting. In addition, Grand Feu enamel was used to create the backdrop of a blue or bronze-toned dial. Using the Calibre 2460 G4 allows for a view that is not obscured by hour and minute hands.

Piaget Altiplano Cloisonné EnamelPiaget-Monkey-Business

After the dragon, snake, horse, and goat, Piaget gives the monkey a go in this 12-year series. World-renowned master enameller, Anita Porchet, graciously loaned her skills to the manufacture, presenting a dial that resembles a traditional Chinese watercolour painting. Here, Porchet used the cloisonné technique with the Grand Feu method and her initials have been painted by hand at five o’clock. Only 38 pieces have been produced.

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This story was first published in World of Watches.

In Pictures: Many Facets of Iroshini Chua

Dr Iroshini Chua wears many hats as a mother of two, family physician, travel columnist, high society fixture, party planner, accomplished home chef, charity crusader, style influencer, among others. The multi-hyphenate is also well known for her good taste in accessories and her love of gemstones. She has designed jewelry as a hobby business in the past, and is planning to launch her own brand in the near future. We asked her to share a few secrets on how she balances style and comfort so effortlessly.

Hostess With The Mostest

Special thanks to The St. Regis Singapore for hosting the photo shoot at its lavishly appointed Presidential Suite, which features a master bedroom, living room, dining room, executive office, gym, and terrace. Displayed on the premises are prized artworks by masters including Marc Chagall, Mark Tobey, Le Pho, and Sam Francis. Hand-painted silk panels adorn the walls, while custom-made Czech crystal chandeliers cast a warm glow. Other highlights include a luxurious bedroom and a beautiful master bathroom with its own Jacuzzi and separate jet massage shower with marble steam chamber.

Special thanks to The St. Regis Singapore for hosting the photo shoot at its lavishly appointed Presidential Suite, which features a master bedroom, living room, dining room, executive office, gym, and terrace. Displayed on the premises are prized artworks by masters including Marc Chagall, Mark Tobey, Le Pho, and Sam Francis. Hand-painted silk panels adorn the walls, while custom-made Czech crystal chandeliers cast a warm glow. Other highlights include a luxurious bedroom and a beautiful master bathroom with its own Jacuzzi and separate jet massage shower with marble steam chamber.

Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra one-motif white gold and diamond long necklace, Perlée white gold hoop earrings, Cadenas white gold and diamond watch; Emporio Armani embroidered cotton-mix pleated dress.

Career Woman

Christian Dior La Mini D de Dior 19mm watch, Rose Dior Pré Catalan pink gold and amethyst necklace, earrings, and ring, polyamide-mix pleated dress.

Christian Dior La Mini D de Dior 19mm watch, Rose Dior Pré Catalan pink gold and amethyst necklace, earrings, and ring, polyamide-mix pleated dress.

“I like wearing timeless and feminine clothes and jewelry that can easily take me from the clinic to an evening engagement.”

Mummy Duty

The Presidential Suite is part of The St. Regis Singapore’s Suite Society programme, which also features the Manhattan, Metropolitan, Knickerbocker, Astoria, and King Cole Suites. Guests who book them are offered exclusive access to exceptional dining and lifestyle privileges.

The Presidential Suite is part of The St. Regis Singapore’s Suite Society program, which also features the Manhattan, Metropolitan, Knickerbocker, Astoria, and King Cole Suites. Guests who book them are offered exclusive access to exceptional dining and lifestyle privileges.

Audemars Piguet Ladies Royal Oak Self-winding 37mm diamond watch; Chanel pearl sautoir; Iroshini’s own pearl and diamond ring; Christian Dior printed cotton-knit top and viscose-mix skirt.

Jet-setter

Available across all St. Regis properties around the world, the St. Regis Aficionado programme provides guests with exceptional bespoke experiences, such as private access to the world’s premier lifestyle collections and auctions, tasting rare private vintages, and getting a custom-tailored garment made.

Available across all St. Regis properties around the world, the St. Regis Aficionado programme provides guests with exceptional bespoke experiences, such as private access to the world’s premier lifestyle collections and auctions, tasting rare private vintages, and getting a custom-tailored garment made.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Small Model 33mm watch with diamonds; Iroshini’s own yellow sapphire ring, blue sapphire earrings; Ondademar silk kimono, cotton camisole, woven hat, heels.

“I love to discover new destinations, and I holiday at resorts about eight to 10 times a year. I don’t believe one should eschew style for comfort or vice-versa. This resort outfit is my perfect solution as it is comfortable for lounging by the pool as well as a chic ensemble for the restaurants. Matching it well is this Vacheron Constantin watch, which is so versatile and offers a pop of color.”

Lady Of Leisure

Chopard L’Heure du Diamant collection white gold necklace with 4.85 carats of diamonds, High Jewellery white gold ring with 13.6 carats of yellow diamonds and 1.28 carats of white diamonds, High Jewellery white gold and diamond ear studs; Diane von Furstenberg appliqué cotton-mix dress; Wedgwood Daisy Tea Story teacup and saucer set.

Chopard L’Heure du Diamant collection white gold necklace with 4.85 carats of diamonds, High Jewellery white gold ring with 13.6 carats of yellow diamonds and 1.28 carats of white diamonds, High Jewellery white gold and diamond ear studs; Diane von Furstenberg appliqué cotton-mix dress; Wedgwood Daisy Tea Story teacup and saucer set.

“I believe that diamonds can be beautifully paired with a busy print or loud colors to pull an entire look together without competing with them. This way, each can be admired in its own right.”

Belle Of The Ball

Home to one of the finest private art collections in Southeast Asia, The St. Regis Singapore offers exclusive access to museum-quality art. The collection showcases over 70 original works of art, including sculptures, paintings, and prints by internationally renowned artists. Hotel guests are invited to partake in The Art of Living tour around the hotel, conducted by the hotel butlers at 6pm daily.

Home to one of the finest private art collections in Southeast Asia, The St. Regis Singapore offers exclusive access to museum-quality art. The collection showcases over 70 original works of art, including sculptures, paintings, and prints by internationally renowned artists. Hotel guests are invited to partake in The Art of Living tour around the hotel, conducted by the hotel butlers at 6pm daily.

Piaget Extremely Piaget white gold ear cuff with 3.19 carats of diamonds and 12.76 carats of blue sapphires, Extremely Piaget white gold necklace with diamonds totalling 52.43 carats, a 20.06-carat cushion-cut sapphire, and a 7.35-carat pear-shaped blue sapphire, Limelight white gold secret watch with Polynesian mother-of-pearl and 506 multi-cut diamonds totaling 76.24 carats; Iroshini’s own Tex Saverio silk-mix laser-cut applique tiered gown; Jimmy Choo red suede clutch.

Party Princess

At The St. Regis Singapore, all guests have access to the signature St. Regis Butler Service, which includes food and beverage requests, unpacking and packing of luggage, garment pressing, and the e-butler option for access to the butler service, from within or outside the hotel, at any hour 
via e-mail.

At The St. Regis Singapore, all guests have access to the signature St. Regis Butler Service, which includes food and beverage requests, unpacking and packing of luggage, garment pressing, and the e-butler option for access to the butler service, from within or outside the hotel, at any hour 
via e-mail.

Cartier Panthère Captive de Cartier white gold watch with diamonds, emeralds, and onyx, Panthère de Cartier yellow gold earrings with tsavorites and diamonds, Panthère de Cartier yellow gold bracelets, one with tsavorites and onyx, the other with black lacquer, tsavorites, diamonds, and onyx; Iroshini’s own Tex Saverio polyester-mix laser-cut top; Marciano cotton-mix shorts; Ash gladiator heels

“My wardrobe contains edgy and architectural pieces for night outs. They allow me to have fun with fashion and be experimental. The iconic panther motif on the timepiece and jewels packs a punch and makes the entire look more impactful.”

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Text by Yanni tan

Images by Wong Wei Liang

Styling by Vernon Sim

Styling Assistance by Christine Lim

Hair by Eileen Koh

Makeup by Amy Chow, using Chanel colors

Location The Presidential Suite at the St. Regis Singapore

This story first appeared in WOW Jewelry, Singapore.

Absolutely Brilliant: 14 Top Jewelry Watches

Like many things with a topping, jewellery watches tend to be larger than life. They may not be to everyone’s taste – there are those who wouldn’t touch a brew with cream and sugar in it or people who’d always scrape the icing off a cupcake; but when a watch is dressed in a Technicolor coat of precious stones, everything goes up a notch, or 10. Price for one, for not just the material, skill, design, and man-hours, but also sourcing stones from the ends of the Earth and working tirelessly over them, polishing, cutting, and setting racks up significantly higher costs. And secondly, there’s wattage: Not the electricity it takes to light a bulb, but metaphorically, an index of the amount of attention a jewelled watch is going to attract.

This happy circumstance of putting hand to stone, far from creating broken windows, has instead birthed a bewildering range of jewellery watches of every shade of colour, and taste, limited only by the collective imagination of the human race. Some watches go for subtlety, with just a light dusting of precious stones to bring up the lustre. In other instances, it is the diamonds and precious stones paved like tarmac that do the talking for the timepiece.

In both, and the continuum of moderation in between, a watch is worn all the better when the degree of ornamentation is pitched exactly to what the wearer intends. Here are some that have caught our eye.

RAPPERS & ROCK STARS

If a wattage could be ascribed to this class, it would be on the top end of the scale, by the sheer weight of stones, usually diamonds, paved onto every nook and cranny of the timepiece’s three-dimensional form. It’s conceivable only the night sky will have more stars by number, however, the point is not really to count, but to declare, “Here I am!” People will stare for sure because watches in this class aren’t just slathered with the good stuff; they are also designed in a way that proclaims wealth, loud and proud.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
When one of the most established Swiss watchmaking houses creates something that is modern and captures the spirit of the times, an icon is birthed. In this case, the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, much-beloved of elite rapper and sports celebrities, is released in nearly as many special editions to match. Wholly carpeted with diamonds – save for onyxes to mark the hours – the result is a thoroughly aspirational emblem of excess.

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Bulgari Octo Bi-Retrograde Full Diamonds
Squat and sleek at the same time, it’s like wearing a bunker on one’s wrist, its walls laid over with diamonds, and dual arcs in black ceramic for the retrograde minutes and date. Utterly glamorous with a commanding presence.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Collection EX45 Spyder 505SQ

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon with Diamonds
It’s a little ironic that a watch from which so much material has been excised should have such a long name. And in comparison with other megawatt watches in this category, it hasn’t got that many carats on its spec sheet either. But in both senses, whether metal or stone, the Spider Tourbillon exemplifies the ideal of projecting so much presence with so little. And what diamonds it’s got are set using a unique process, into the rubber moulding wrapped around the bezel.

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Hublot Big Bang Unico “10 Years” Haute Joaillerie
It’s been 10 years since Hublot’s Big Bang stormed into the watch collecting scene, and to celebrate, the company introduced three new Big Bang models valued at a combined $10 million – an arresting statement from a company that writes the book on making statements! In particular, the Unico Haute Joaillerie comes in four references, set to the hilt in precious stones: black diamonds, white diamonds, white diamonds and blue sapphires, and white diamonds and red rubies.

OLD MONEY

If elegance is conveyed in a whisper, that is only relative in a manner of speaking. Timepieces here are not ‘loud’; but for sheer beauty and luxury, they give no quarter in their ability to draw one’s eye. Not by the collar, as compared to pieces that are all about bold expression – that would not be very refined. Rather, they cast their spell by compelling persuasion, even seduction. Enthrallment rather than shock and awe, and once ensnared, many would find they’d rather do backflips than look away.

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Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon High Jewellery
There’s a white gold case forming the core of the watch, but one doesn’t get to see it, because the entire timepiece, save for the tourbillon and including the bracelet, is entirely paved with baguette-cut diamonds using an invisible setting technique. Working at tolerances down to 100th of a millimetre, the fit is perfect, no different from a second skin. A true creature of light.

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Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Full Diamonds
The distinctiveness of its octagonal case and its angular lugs project immense presence. At the same time, the arctic blaze of the diamonds tiled over the whole watch finds beautiful contrast in the warmth and animation of the tourbillon.

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Breguet Classique 5238
Even with diamonds up to its ears, paved on case, bezel, and lugs, the Classique 5238 with openworked dial has not shed a whit of the formal elegance and visual purity of the rest of the Classique family. Somehow, it manages to look luxurious without being extravagant, stealing the show without being 
overtly showy. Brilliant!

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Breguet 5719 Classique Hora Mundi Haute Joaillerie
What looks to be a glamour piece for the ballroom actually scores very high on utility, featuring a self-winding movement with instant jump second time zone display at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions. Engraved day/night indicator is deliciously quaint, and the continent of one’s choice (America, Europe or Asia/Oceania) rendered in round-cut diamonds and set against wavy rose engine turned ocean is a sight to behold.

BEAUTY QUEENS

Every watch marched out of a serious watchmaking factory has had a lot of design thought into its creation: nothing is random, accidental, and every flourish makes a point even if it’s mechanically superfluous. But these watches take design a nudge further, ties are loosened if not flung away, and brushes are inked a little wetter for bolder strokes.

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Cartier Pasha de Cartier 42mm Skeleton Dragon Motif Watch
Watch aficionados light up for the skeletonised manufacture movement specially shaped to complement the dragon motif; but the latter itself is wonderfully stylised, drawn with softer lines that are a departure from the more regular renditions, all snarly, teeth and talons. Exquisite; and the Pasha’s distinctive crown has just a bit of the oriental vibe to match.

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Vacheron Constantin Métiers D’art L’éloge De La Nature Swan
The swan being a symbol of enduring love, it is fitting that this watch should come as a pair, a men’s and a women’s model in 42mm and 39mm cases respectively. It takes two months to complete each dial, and four crafts – enamelling, engraving, guilloche, gem-setting – to impart vividness and liveliness to stone and metal, effecting a breath-taking rendition of a lustrous swan spreading its wings on a lake of enamel.

TECH WIZ

Very much of watchmaking is about technology and technique. The Swiss anchor and hairspring are important milestones in man’s technological advancement, a long way from stone tools and time measurement in drips and drabs. But especially in the 21st century, well into the age of digital and information technology holding sway, some watchmakers remain adamant about performing incredible feats of mechanical engineering, extending the relevance and wonder of the gear-driven timepiece.

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Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Golden Jubilee
The plain vanilla MP-05 is already more exclusive than its supercar namesake, being limited to 50 pieces. But the Golden Jubilee created to celebrate SG50 and Big Bang’s 10th anniversary is even more so, as a unique piece. As unique as its orientation, which is not top-down like most watches, but front-back, like a stack of coins stood on their edges. The watch has 11 barrels (most watches have one) stacked just like this, visible as the central spine on the watch face, terminating in a vertical tourbillon and flanked by marked cylinders telling time and power reserve, over a scale of 50 days! Golden Jubilee model adds plenty of diamonds, like scales on a cobra’s head.

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Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon
It’s like the watchmakers pussy-footed on the documents, to make doubly sure the mechanical merits are highlighted by precious stones without being upstaged; the archetypal “watch with jewellery” as opposed to the reverse. In this case, a handsome balance has been struck. Being adequately embellished, it’s not just the diamonds, but the supreme refinement and conservative elegance of Vacheron Constantin’s tourbillon – with the distinctive Maltese Cross tourbillon cage and outstanding 14-day power reserve – that shines through.

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Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Diamond-Set Automatic Skeleton
How can one forget Piaget when thinking about gem-set watches? The manufacture’s dual expertise in watchmaking and jewellery crafting does not go unnoticed especially in such illustrious timepieces like this one. Of course the technical know-how is impressive; it’s not every day that a manufacture gets to successfully create an ultra-thin self-winding skeletonised flying tourbillon. But Piaget had already done that a few years ago, and with this new model, it went a step further, lavishing the movement Calibre 1270D with beautiful diamonds. The case, bezel, crown, and bracelet, as well as the micro-rotor, have all been set with a mix of brilliant- and baguette-cut gems.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition
The Grande Maison’s watchmaking mastery extends out of grand complications and into such luxuriant yet tasteful gem-setting as seen in these two stunning creations. We have the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantième Perpétual with flawless baguette-cut gems cradling the tourbillon as well as set all around the bezel and crown, not to mention its indexes too, and the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique, which is fully paved with baguette-cut gemstones. In the latter, Jaeger-LeCoultre plays with colours, namely blue 
and silver, by mixing blue sapphires with diamonds, and white gold with blued steel.

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Text by Yeo Suan Futt

This article was originally published on World of Watches

Black Tie: Piaget Gouverneur Perpetual Calendar

The Gouverneur Perpetual Calendar watch is one of Piaget’s updates to the Black Tie collection last year, and extends a model line-up that already includes a flying tourbillon and a flyback chronograph. Perpetual calendar aside, the 855P calibre powering the watch also sports a GMT function. The full range of information is, however, presented on just three sub-dials supplemented by two retrograde indicators.

The watch displays the local time via central minute and hour hands, with the small seconds indicator housed at four o’clock. Meanwhile, the second time zone is tracked via the sub-dial at eight o’clock, which combines a 12-hour and day/night indicators. The perpetual calendar accounts for the remaining displays – the month and year in the sub-dial at 12 o’clock, and the day and date on the two retrograde indicators at the sides of the dial.

In terms of design, the Gouverneur Perpetual Calendar watch actually has a round case and inner dial, but the ellipses marked by its outer dial and bezel’s inner edge elongate the watch visually. The dial layout reinforces this illusion by arranging the various indicators symmetrically but spacing them in a way that accentuates the outlines of case and bezel. The result is a watch that looks longer than it really is, yet manages to fit smaller wrists at 43mm thanks to its shorter lugs. Apart from the play with geometric shapes, the timepiece also creates visual interest – both on the dial and case back – using various decorative techniques. From the front, one is able to observe the sunburst guilloché that has been engraved on the outer dial. Flip the watch over, and the decorated movement reveals itself, with details such as a circular grained mainplate, bevelled bridges, and Côtes de Genève on the oscillating weight.

Given Piaget’s expertise in creating ultra-thin timepieces, it comes as no surprise that the Gouverneur Perpetual Calendar watch measures just 10.5mm thick. Despite having 343 components, including a full-sized rotor, Calibre 855P is only 5.6mm high, which allows the maison to minimise the case’s thickness.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 43mm (10.5mm thick)

Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, second time zone, day/night indicator, date, day, month, leap year

Power reserve: 81 hours

Movement: Self-winding Piaget Calibre 855P

Water Resistance: 30 meters

Material: Pink gold

Strap: Brown alligator with pink gold deployant buckle

 

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Text by Jamie Tan

This article was originally published in World of Watches

Pretty Thin: Piaget Altiplano 38mm 900D

At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016, Piaget once more crowns itself king of thin chic, this time with the Altiplano 38mm 900D. This is a haute joaillerie (that’s high jewelry folks) piece so maybe the royal title this year is queen but we digress… Actually there is a lot to get through here for such a small wonder.

To begin with, at 5.60mm thick the new Altiplano is certainly the thinnest in its dazzling class – we are not even sure who previously held this record. Secondly, you might recognize the 900D as an evolution of the 900P, the 2014 model that is still today the slimmest in its class at a barely there 3.65mm. Of course, the extra thickness of the 900D is all diamonds and you can see it here on virtually every available surface of the watch. For those who might be wondering about the case thickness versus the movement thickness, the construction of this watch is such that this question is meaningless.

Altiplano 900D front revised

Remember that the 900P is a watch where the movement and case are actually one and so it is in the 900D. This means the watchmakers were faced with incredible challenges to integrate the 304 diamonds, some which are set on extremely delicate working parts; the mainplate features snow-set diamonds while even the screws and gear wheels are also gemset. We go into the details of the diamonds in the specifications below, for those interested in such things.

Records and number of diamonds and such aside, it is important to note that this is a very attractive watch. In fact, in many markets it will sit as well on a man’s wrist as a woman’s. As always with these tickers from Piaget, from the 1200D to the 838D and 1270D, the thing to note is the harmonious marriage of fine watchmaking and high jewelry. The diamonds enhance the watch while at the same time making it a more remarkable timekeeping machine because of the extra technical work.

Altiplano 900D back

Specs

  • Piaget Altiplano 38mm 900D
  • Dimensions: 38mm
  • Functions: Hours, minutes
  • Power reserve: 48 hours
  • Movement: Mechanical, manual-winding, calibre 900D
  • Water resistance: 20 meters
  • Material: White gold, fully set with diamonds (38 baguette-cut, 266 brilliant-cut, crown set with brilliant-cut, dial set with 33 baguette-cuts), alligator strap with white gold pin buckle set with 23 brilliant-cut diamonds

Swiss Wealthy Get Richer in 2015

Of the estimated 1,826 billionaires in the world, some 132 call Switzerland home, according to a new report released November 27. The same report, by the Bilan magazine shows that morose economic growth and a turbulent stock market have not stopped Switzerland’s super rich from getting a lot richer this year (we assume that this will come as welcome news to luxury brands, especially Swiss ones like Piaget, whose award-winning Limelight Mediterranean Garden is pictured above).

In its annual analysis of the fortunes of Switzerland’s 300 richest people, the magazine said the exclusive club, including the likes of rock and soul legend Tina Turner, have swelled their combined wealth by CHF6 billion (US$5.8 billion, 5.5 billion euros) to reach a record CHF595 billion (US$575 billion).

Topping the list for the 14th year in a row was the family of Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, who this year count an accumulated fortune of between CHF44 and 45 billion — two billion more than last year.

Kamprad, 89, moved back to his native Sweden in 2013, but his two sons who run the flat-pack furniture empire remain in Switzerland and hold Swiss nationality.

Coming in second was Swiss-Brazilian food magnate Jorge Lemann, who hiked his fortune by CHF3 billion to between CHF28 and 29 billion, Bilan said.

His 3G Capital fund controls the likes of Budweiser and Stella Artois, Burger King and HJ Heinz.

South African national Ivan Glasenberg, who heads debt-laden mining and commodities giant Glencore, meanwhile saw his personal fortune shrink by CHF3.5 billion over the past 12 months as the company has found itself pummeled by a global commodity price collapse.

His fortune now amounts to a mere CHF2 billion, said Bilan, which has been drawing up its list since 1988.

“The conditions for the richest people have not been the best this year,” the magazine acknowledged.

In 2014, Switzerland’s multi-millionaires and billionaires had a much better year, with CHF25 billion added to their coffers during the 12-month period.

Still, more than a third of the country’s most wealthy, amounting to 132 people, count their fortunes in billions.

10 Ways to Wear Asia on Your Wrist

The most sublime artistic watches of 2015 are replete with motifs dear to Asia. Our friends at WOW curated this list of the 10 best examples, featuring a showcase of artisanal techniques in watchmaking such as champlevé enamelling but also incorporating outside crafts such as Aka-e painting.

HERMÈS

Travel back in time to ancient Kyoto with the 39.5mm Slim d’Hermès Koma Kurabe watch (pictured above), named after the famous millennial-old horse race at the Kamigamo Shrine. Fine French porcelain is further exalted with the Japanese art of Aka-e painting, under the expert brush of master Buzan Fukushima from Kutani in the Ishikawa Prefecture. One of the rare artisans who still practice this technique, Fukushima deftly paints on subtly graded shades of red and ochre, which he coats with a fine layer of gold before firing it three times. The watch also features the mechanical self-winding H1950 movement.

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JAQUET DROZ

Honouring the Chinese Year of the Goat is this Petite Heure Minute Relief Goats, which features three goats carved out of white gold springing from the summit of an imaginary mountain. In the backdrop is a stylised dial evoking the motif of the plum blossom through champlevé enamelling of white and Jaquet Droz’s signature blue, with the finished result resembling an exquisite piece of Chinese paper cutting. 
This 41mm timepiece is endowed with a self-winding mechanical movement.

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PIAGET

Also paying homage to the Chinese zodiac, the Altiplano Enamelled Cloisonné Goat watch displays the talent of world-renowned independent enamel artist Anita Porchet, who created this Grand Feu cloisonné enamel dial in soft shades of grey. The tones on the magnificent buck were painstakingly graded from intense to lighter nuances, while the ethereal background brings to mind a cloud-streaked sky over a mountain range. Housed within the 38mm watch is the Piaget 430P mechanical manual-winding movement.

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

A work of superlative savoir faire and craftsmanship, this Palais de la Chance Carpe Koï high jewelry bracelet watch is a tribute to Japanese culture, of which the koi is a symbol of love, life, and serenity. Requiring 3,450 hours of meticulous work, it is set with 8,000 colored stones that includes diamonds, spessartite garnets, and yellow sapphires for the body; black spinels for eyes; and Paraiba-like tourmalines and diamonds for the water motif. The bracelet of this watch, which is powered by a quartz movement, is unfastened by pressing on the koi’s tail.

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CHAUMET

Beautifully captured on the dial of the Lumières d’Eau Parure 11 watch is the elegance and grace of the carp, which in Chinese mythology is a symbol of success for its ability to transform into a dragon. It features four fish made of engraved yellow gold with blue sapphires for eyes, gliding across softly swirling water represented by a cream-colored lacquered dial set with brilliant diamonds for ripples. The long tails of the fish extend out over part of the bezel, the rest of which is set with 183 brilliant diamonds. The piece is powered by a Swiss mechanical self-winding movement.

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BLANCPAIN

The Hindu god of Ganesh is superbly immortalized on the dial of this Villeret Shakudo watch. Shakudo, which is a historical technique Japanese in origin, refers to an alloy principally composed of copper and gold that acquires a dark patina between blue and black. The 45mm timepiece also features engraving and damascening, which is another old technique that involves inlaying precious metals, in this case gold, into a base metal. It is endowed with the manual-winding Calibre 15B mechanical movement.

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DE  BETHUNE

Named after an ancient Mesoamerican feathered serpent, which is a deity of the summer winds and a protector of artisans, the DB25 Quetzalcoatl flaunts a solid gold dial sculpted by engraver Michèle Rothen. The head of the coiled snake at the center points to the hour, while its tail indicates the minutes. The hour markers resemble a series of temples viewed from the sky, while a circular guilloché motif makes the watch glow. Beating at the heart of this 44mm watch is the manual-winding Calibre DB2005.

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CORUM

The watchmaker’s legendary linear movement is paired up with a mythical creature, the dragon, to give us the audacious Golden Bridge Dragon. Immaculate hand-engraving work taking more than two weeks transforms a mold-poured piece of white gold into an incredibly detailed, three-dimensional piece of art. The dragon’s sinuous silhouette, which wraps around the movement without actually touching it, is covered with tiny depth-effect scales, and given impressive claws and a pearl-tipped tail. Encased within the 34mm x 51mm watch, with a bezel and lugs adorned with baguette diamonds, is the CO113 manual-winding movement.

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CARTIER

The ancestral damascene technique is used on the dial of this Rotonde de Cartier 42mm to depict the amazingly life-like and detailed head of a majestic panther, which represents ferocity and strength to the Chinese. Wires in rose, yellow and white gold were hammered into troughs cut into a gold base, while the feline’s nose and spots 
were painted with black lacquer. Black onyx forms the background of the watch, which is equipped with the manual-winding mechanical movement 9601 MC.

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Text by Yanni Tan

Illustrations by Irene Arifin

Secrets and Lights

Secrets & Lights – A Mythical Journey by Piaget

Secrets and Lights

The Swiss jewelry brand has presented a new collection of jewels and watches called Secrets & Lights – A Mythical Journey by .

The house’s artisans found inspiration for the ornamental pieces from sites along the Silk Road, deeply influenced by the rich colors and history of Venice and Samarkand.

Both of these emblematic cities were chosen by Piaget for their “cultural wealth” as well as their “fascinating way of life”.

The Silk Road allowed Piaget’s craftsmen and artists to draw from “a remarkable territory of expression”. The collection is comprised of 93 elaborate jewelry pieces and 38 watchmaking creations.

An ode to Venice and Samarkand

The bright and dazzling collection of “The Secrets of Venice” was brought to life by feather masters, enamellers and engravers.

Patterns and shades inspired by the Orient define “The Lights of Samarkand” collection that accentuates the rarest of gems.

“The Secrets of Venice” line pays tribute to the Clock Tower, the Bridge of Sighs and the lion in an assortment of cuffs, rings, earrings and necklaces. White gold, feathers, emeralds, enamel, red spinel gemstones, diamonds, pink gold and rubies adorn the pieces of the series.

Cascading or asymmetrical neck pieces take center stage in “The Lights of Samarkand” collection. Rings, bracelets and drop earrings are decorated with turquoise pearls, Colombian emeralds, sapphires from Sri Lanka, Mozambique rubies and diamonds.

Discover all 131 striking pieces of the new collection in Piaget boutiques. Prices upon request.

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Jessica Chastain new face of Piaget

Earlier this year, actress Jessica Chastain was named a brand ambassador of Swiss jewelry brand Piaget. She wears looks from its Possession line in the advertisements where she sports elegant jewelry and watch pieces.

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Jessica Chastain has been named as the new ‘Piaget woman’ and will act as the face of the luxury watchmaking and jewelry house around the world.

“We are thrilled to introduce Jessica Chastain as our new international brand ambassador,” said Philippe Léopold-Metzger,  CEO, describing the actress as “beautiful, elegant, charismatic, and full of joy.”

The 37-year-old actress will wear Piaget pieces on the red carpet as well as appearing at the brand’s events around the globe.

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Trained at the famed Juilliard School in New York City, Chastain has been lauded as one of her generation’s finest actresses, having bagged two best actress nominations at the Academy Awards, and picking up a Golden Globe win for her role in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” in 2012.

Here Come The Goats

The Chinese Zodiac is a rich source of inspiration for art, given its cyclical nature and varied subjects, from the magnificent dragon to the more worldly pig. Come 19 February, Chinese around the world will welcome the Year of the Goat. Or Sheep. Or Ram. Curiously enough, a distinction was never made on the specific animal which occupies this sector of the zodiacal calendar which, as you can see below, has allowed much room for watchmakers’ interpretations.Here Come The GoatsJaquet Droz is offering two references dedicated to the goat this year. Based on its eponymous collection, the Petite Heure Minute Relief Goats comes in either a white or red gold case, and is rife with symbolism. Note, for example, the three goats which have been hard carved in relief from either red or white gold. Beyond their allusions to the Year of the Goat, their depiction on a mountain top also symbolises achievement, and the hope for success in the year ahead. The dial also contains stylised plum blossoms done in champlevé enamel. As one of the four “noble flowers” in Chinese iconography, plum blossoms flower in the winter and are seen as a herald of spring. Each reference of the Petite Heure Minute Relief Goats will come in a limited run of 28 pieces.Pam00848 PressPanerai’s Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 44mm is the seventh in the series to pay tribute to an animal of the Chinese Zodiac, beginning with the Year of the Ox in 2009. PAM848 has a decorated steel cover – a special tool called the sparsello is first used to engrave grooves into the cover, before multiple layers of gold thread are inlaid into these grooves and pounded to fill them up. Each representation of the goat is thus unique, since the process is done entirely by hand. The PAM848 contains Panerai’s in-house P.9000 calibre, fitted into the Luminor 1950 case which is 44mm wide. This boutique exclusive is limited to 100 pieces worldwide.Pam00848 Detail 3Piaget’s Art & Excellence collection is dedicated to special pieces commemorating the Chinese New Year. Like the models before it, the Altiplano Enamelled Cloisonné Goat has a dial featuring cloisonné enamel in muted tones that fully flaunt the artist’s mastery of the medium. The enameller, Anita Porchet, has used the cloisonné technique to great effect here – note the sharp demarcation between the shadowed outline of the goat and the light shades of the sky; the two shades of vitreous enamel would have mixed during firing if the gold wires weren’t present to separate them. The watch houses Piaget’s 430P ultra-thin movement, and has an 18K white gold case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approximately 0.7 carats. It is sold exclusively in Piaget boutiques, and has a limited run of 38 pieces. A separate reference in pink gold is also limited to 38 pieces.G0a39540Ulysse Nardin’s acquisition of dial enamelling specialist Donzé Cadrans in 2011 signalled the brand’s desire to vertically integrate this branch of metier d’art into its operations. A quick glance through the manufacture’s Classico collection will reveal just how well this decision has turned out. The latest from Ulysse Nardin, the Classico Goat, depicts a goat with two kids with champlevé enamelling. The UN-815 movement within it is COSC certified, and the watch is limited to 88 pieces.8156 111 2 ChevreVacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac collection has been updated with the Year of the Goat model. The boutique exclusive comes in either pink gold or platinum, with 12 pieces in each reference. The watch uses champlevé enamelling to create a background of leaves and honeysuckles, upon which a goat engraved in relief has been set. The timepiece has no hands. Instead, four digital displays allows its wearer to read off the time, day, and date. This timepiece is certified Poinçon de Genève. 

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Pre-SIHH: Piaget Altiplano Chronograph

Piaget’s expertise in ultra-thin movements and watches are arguably second to none within the luxury watch industry, given the numerous world records the manufacture holds. In 2013 it released the 1200S, the world’s thinnest skeletonised automatic movement, which was followed up by 2014’s Altiplano 38mm 900P, the world’s thinnest mechanical watch. Variations of this theme have peppered the brand’s product line up over the years, including ultra-thin movements decorated with either gem setting or grand feu enamel. What next? Ultra-thin calibres with complications are a logical step, and Piaget’s pre-SIHH 2015 preview does not disappoint. In fact, the manufacture may even surprise you with what it has accomplished in the new Altiplano Chronograph.Pre Sihh Piaget Altiplano Chronograph 4The Altiplano Chronograph is powered by Piaget’s manual-winding Calibre 883P, an in-house movement derived from the 880P. Calibre 883P measures just 4.65mm high, so it comes as no surprise that the watch case, which is 41mm across, is a mere 8.24mm thick. Naturally, a movement so thin will have correspondingly diminutive parts – the chronograph gear finger measures just 0.06mm thick, while the barrel staff clocks in at 0.115mm. Despite its dimensions, Calibre 883P has a fairly lengthy 50-hour power reserve.Pre Sihh Piaget Altiplano Chronograph 5The new timepiece is even more astonishing given its features: the Altiplano Chronograph is of the flyback variant, vertically coupled, and column wheel actuated. These are all useful features, undoubtedly, but they also tend to increase a movement’s height. A column wheel, for example, starts a chronograph confidently without jerking the second hand, but ends up being thicker than a cam actuated chronograph. Piaget’s accomplishment here lies in how it has managed to integrate these features into Calibre 883P, with a seemingly negligible effect on its thickness. As if this isn’t enough, the Altiplano Chronograph also has a GMT complication which is read off the 24-hour sub-dial at nine o’clock.

The Altiplano Chronograph is available in either a pink gold case, or a white gold case set with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds that total approximately 1.8 carats. 

 

 

Jewellery Time 2014: Updates!

As we inch closer towards Jewellery Time 2014, Cortina Watch has revealed more details about the biennial luxury watch showcase. For the readers who might have forgotten, the seventh edition of Jewellery Time will take place from 25 September to 5 October, 11am to 9pm daily at the main atrium of Paragon in Singapore.Jewellery Time 2014 Updates 3

Beyond our initial report which previewed some of the timepieces that will be on display, we now also know that the event will be housed within the purpose-built Collector’s Mansion. Said mansion has been designed in a style reminiscent of the Renaissance, while its white mesh structure juxtaposes modernity with old-world charms. Within the mansion, the contrast continues as contemporary furnishings meet Art Deco elements, topped off by chandeliers hanging from its ceiling.

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Setting aside, other details have also emerged. The showcase, which is open to the public, will feature over a hundred jewelled timepieces curated by the twelve participating brands: Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard, Corum, Ebel, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin and Zenith. Taiwanese model-actress Sonia Sui has also been revealed as the face of Jewellery Time 2014. Sui has over a decade of experience in the modelling, film and television industry, and will be in attendance at Jewellery Time 2014’s official opening party on 25 September.Jewellery Time 2014 Updates 1

To celebrate the occasion, Chopard has created the Imperiale Automatic Full Set, a pair of watches combining haute joaillerie and haute horlogerie. Conceptualised and designed as a unique set, the timepieces are entirely paved with diamonds save for the bezel, which has been set with multi-coloured baguette cut sapphires. The beating hearts of the watches are Calibre 01.03-Cs that run at 28,800 vibrations per hour and feature 60-hour power reserves. These movements are in-house developed and manufactured by Fleurier Ebauches, a company under the Chopard group that was founded to reinforce the brand’s vertical integration in watch production. The watches come in one unique piece of white and pink gold each, and will be delivered in a special box bearing an engraved plaque with “Cortina Watch” celebrating the occasion.

Piaget Rose Day 2014: In Full Bloom

In cities around the world on 5 June, Piaget observed its second Rose Day in celebration of the flower and Yves Piaget’s special relationship with it. Piaget’s namesake founder had a lifelong association with roses which can be traced back to his childhood love for wild dog-roses. This extended to rose-inspired design motifs in his watch and jewellery collections, and even the creation of the Geneva International Competition of Roses, where the winner traditionally receives a golden rose from Piaget’s workshop. Yves Piaget’s efforts and commitment culminated in the winning entry of 1982’s Geneva International Competition of Roses being christened after him – the Yves Piaget Rose.

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In Singapore, guests including local celebrity Fann Wong were invited to experience the rose through all five senses during their visit to Piaget’s boutique, whose façade had been transformed into a rose garden with Ecuadorian roses. Entering it was reminiscent of walking into the Château de Malmaison’s rose garden, which has been undergoing restoration since 2012 with Piaget’s support. Within the boutique, guests were serenaded by Melody Gardot while presented with the Piaget Rose collection, while others were asked to identify the Piaget Rose from others by its unique scent. In addition, the guests’ sense of touch was evoke by hand massages and manicures, thus completing the experience. Beyond the Piaget boutique, models were around Singapore’s landmarks to hand out roses in order to generate hype about the Piaget Rose Day at each location.

Piaget Rose Day 2014On the same day, the brand also inaugurated the Château de Malmaison’s rose garden as part of celebrations. The country house and its grounds were formerly the residence of Joséphine de Beauharnais and her husband, General Napoléon Bonaparte (who would later crown himself emperor), and its rose garden is arguably the most famous aspect of the property. The rose garden was renowned for holding over 250 varieties of roses gathered from around the world, but had fallen into neglect over the two centuries following Joséphine de Beauharnais’s death. With Piaget’s support, the Domaine de Malmaison had undertaken restoration work, thus returning a part of France’s national heritage back to its former glory.

Piaget Rose Day 2014The successful conclusion of the second Rose Day was a step up for Piaget’s inaugural celebrations held last year. We’re looking forward to seeing what the brand has in store in the subsequent years ahead.

 

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Piaget Debuts Rose Passion Collection

Piaget Rose Passion

This week the Swiss brand presented a new high-end jewelry collection inspired directly by Joséphine de Beauharnais and her love of nature.

The French empress was particularly fond of roses — a passion shared, of course, by .

Glamorous, highly feminine, yet also modern, the Rose Passion collection includes 100 pieces from the Piaget Haute Joaillerie and Métiers d’Art lines, including 25 exceptional jewelry watches. Pink and green, often set in white gold, are the dominant colors.

Created in Piaget’s jewelry workshops, this collection includes necklaces, rings, brooches and earrings as well as combs, tiaras and bangle watches.

Piaget spotlights a wide range of precious gemstones (yellow diamonds, emeralds, pink sapphires) and hard minerals (chrysocolla and chalcedony).

The six unique Métiers d’Art watches in the collection represent the same Yves Piaget rose in six different color combinations, each created by master artisans using the exclusive Grand Feu enameling technique.

Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Diamond-Set Automatic Skeleton Exception Piece

Piaget is blessed to be as well regarded for its jewellery as it is for its watches. Having started as a maker of movements, Piaget is arguably better known to the world at large today for its skill in jewellery. While this sometimes annoys the watchmaking side of the business, the situation is really quite advantageous for writers to wax lyrical. Magazines like this one are quite fond of calling Piaget the jeweller of watchmakers, for example, which is a reference to something Piaget CEO Philippe Leopold-Metzger once said about the contemporary brand.

Whatever the case may be, this idea comes to the fore every time Piaget introduces a gem-set skeleton watch or a fully set wristwatch, which brings us to the Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Diamond-Set Automatic Skeleton. This watch is the latest to demonstrate Piaget’s mastery of setting gems onto ultra-thin mechanical movements. Piaget is the only watchmaking firm able to set gems onto the functional parts of ultra-thin movements, the first of which was calibre 600D in 2005.

Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Diamond Set Automatic Skeleton 

So how does Piaget push boundaries when it is the only player on the field? In this particular case, the manufacture has opted to try not one but two never-before-attempted technical leaps. First of all, Piaget’s gem-setters have used baguette-cut diamonds, something we were surprised to learn is quite unheard of. Secondly, these same gem-setters decided to set the sides of the functional parts of calibre 1270D and the platinum micro-rotor.

All told, there are 71 baguette-cut diamonds in rail setting, accompanied by 561 brilliant-cut diamonds in grain and pushed-grain setting. This is just for calibre 1270D. The case is set with 794 baguette-, brilliant- and emerald-cut diamonds, right down to the lugs and the flanks; 24 brilliant-cut diamonds decorate the clasp.

In this watch, there is no way to separate watchmaking from jewellery, or technical prowess from artistic audacity. No manufacture without Piaget’s very specific skills could create even an approximation of this watch. Collectors who appreciate the skill and art of gem-setting will certainly see the value of the Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Diamond-Set Skeleton. Cased in 18K white gold, the 49mm watch is issued in a numbered edition (S$1,440,000).

Piaget Altiplano 38mm 900P and Bleeding Edge Thinness

Piaget Altiplano 38mm 900P

If there is one watch manufacture that consistently makes a virtue of being lean, it must be Piaget. The brand has many records in this area, including those for thinnest automatic minute repeater and overall thinnest automatic wristwatch, with thinnest movements in both instances. Earlier in this story, we covered the leanest gem-set mechanical movement, and now we turn to a watch that was shown before the SIHH, the thinnest of them all at an unbelievable 3.65mm thick.

Piaget Altiplano 38mm 900P

This particular Altiplano uses a different approach than anything Piaget has ever made because the manual-winding calibre and the case are one and the same. Basically, the base plate is the case back, thus removing another level of thickness and adding exponentially to the complexity of making the watch. To our knowledge, the Altiplano 38mm 900P is unlike any other mechanical watch currently in production. The 38mm watch is currently offered in 18K white gold (S$39,700) and 18K pink gold; there are also two gem-set versions, both in 18K white gold, with one version featuring a fully-set case and dial.

Piaget Watches Golden Globes 2014

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Above: Matt Damon with Luciana Barroso

 

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may have dominated most of the post-Golden Globes dialogue all over the Internet but watch geeks with sharp eyes (or sartorial instincts) would have noticed a special touch of elegance on the wrists of Matt Damon and Sean Combs.

Damon, who presented a look into Best Picture nominee Captain Phillips wore a classic Piaget Altiplano 40mm in white gold on black alligator leather.

 

 

 

 

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But Damon who was nominated for his role in Behind The Candelabra for Best Actor in a miniseries or TV movie wasn’t the only star who chose Piaget.  

 

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Ever the style mogul, rap-star-turned-record-producer Sean Combs showed up in a swanky tux and patent lace-ups but it was the additional bling on his wrist which took the spotlight. Combs flaunted an exceptional Piaget Altiplano 41mm in 18k white gold studded with a whopping 557 brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds.

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Bling Ring: 8 Bracelet Watches

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Piaget Gouverneur Tourbillon
Go all the way with Piaget’s Gouverneur Tourbillon. Loved for its unique design that harmonises two shapes – round case with an oval dial – it is a worthy addition to the brand’s Black Tie collection. The ultra-thin calibre 642P mechanical movement runs within the timepiece. Bearing the Piaget crest above the flying tourbillon at 12 o’clock, this watch features a pointer-type moon phase which only requires a one-day correction once every 122 years. Generously adorned with baguette cut diamonds, this piece is a definitely a show stopper and a conversation starter.

 

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Patek Philippe Ref. 5980/1AR Nautilus Chronograph
Arguably the epitome of elegant sport watches Patek Philippe’s Nautilus is a horological icon with a cult following. Now available in a trendy bicolour option (stainless steel and rose gold), it is bound to reel in more fans. The Nautilus Chronograph has a gorgeous black-blue dial with the signature Nautilus horizontal embossed pattern that houses an integrated tone-on-tone monocounter, indicating elapsed minutes and hours, at six o’clock. This unconventionally sleek arrangement for the counters runs on the automatic calibre CH 28-520C. Its 18K rose gold hands and indexes are layered with luminescent coating, and the timepiece is fitted with a stainless steel and 18K rose gold bicolour bracelet, as well as a Nautilus fold-over clasp.

 

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Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Chronograph
If technology and advanced craftsmanship existed during in medieval times, the knights of the round table would undoubtedly be donning the Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 chronograph. Not only would it provide accurate timings for battles, thanks to its chronograph function, but the rest of the signature elements of the Excalibur series – the elongated Roman numerals, fluted bezel, and the triple horns that attach the bezel – give off the stately aura of knightly regalia. The timepiece houses the new chronograph calibre RD681 with a micro-rotor and power reserve of 52-hours. Comprising 280 components, the movement comes embellished with Côtes de Genève motif and bears the prestigious Poinçon de Genève.

 

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Louis Vuitton Tambour eVolution
A distinctive rounded case body, eight-sided crown and side engraving of the 12 letters of Louis Vuitton are all signature elements of a Tambour timepiece. As LV introduces its new Tambour eVolution, we see the addition of some new rules to Tambour’s DNA. Like an eager neophyte, it asserts its presence with robust features and definitely more attitude. ‘Black MMC’, a durable metal matrix composite mainly utilised in the aerospace industry and Formula 1 arena, is used to create its bezel and the flat-edged insert with the monogram logo on its crown. Bid adieu (at least for now) to the eight-sided crown and side engraving as they are respectively replaced with an ergonomic screw-down crown with nine groves and a large ‘V’ at the case side. It comes in a 43mm steel case for the GMT three-hand model and 45mm pink gold case for the GMT Chronograph.

 

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Bulgari Octo Steel
If there is one watch that oozes Italian sprezzatura, the Bulgari Octo Steel is it. With a distinctive and unique case shape – a mash up of an octagon and a circle – this timepiece carries a mix of eastern and western symbols representing balance, perfection and harmony. Beauty runs deep within the timepiece as its movement boasts a host of refined finishing and decorations including chamfered and polished edges as well as Côtes de Genève pattern on the bridges, and perlage finishing on the main plate. While this macho timepiece is busy turning heads, the automatic calibre BVL 193 ensures that this watch does not stop working for at least 50 hours on a full wind.

 

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Longines Conquest Classic
Longines’s Conquest evokes the genteel world of race horses, jockeys and triumphs. Specially created as a tribute to chronographs produced in 1881 for race-goers and New York jockeys, this collection eloquently communicates class, elegance, and the spirit of horse racing with an uncommon refinement. Fitted with the Calibre L688, a self-winding movement specially produced by ETA for Longines, it hosts 12-hour, 30-minute and 60-seconds counters, and is backed by a 54-hour power reserve. This steel and rose gold model is accompanied with a matching bracelet, bringing out the essence of timeless beauty.

 

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Oris Aquis Depth Gauge
Every diver needs a diving buddy, and one could do worse than with the reliable Oris Aquis Depth Gauge which tells you exactly how deep you have gone underwater. Engineered by applying the Boyle Mariotte Law – which demonstrates how the volume of gas changes according to pressure – this is also the first diver watch that allows water to flow into the timepiece – how cool is that! Its sapphire crystal case top is 50 per cent thicker than average watches and it features a channel, milled into the side in anti-clockwise direction. As one descends into the depths with this timepiece, water will flow through this channel via the 12 o’clock inlet, causing the trapped air to indicate how far south the diver has gone based on the water pressure of that depth. Needless to say, this device could well save your life underwater, warning you not to get too carried away as you explore the deep blue.

 

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Raymond Weil Maestro Phase De Lune
The Raymond Weil Maestro Phase De Lune demonstrates an intriguing interplay of the old and the new. While its exudes classicism with slender appliquéd Roman indices and a discreet 39.5mm round steel case with matching polished bracelet, it throws us a curveball with a contemporary grey dial and a sophisticated automatic movement with a moon phase complication – a first for the Swiss marquee. The RW4500 movement deserves special mention as it is incredibly easy to use for a moon phase calibre. When it comes to setting the phase of the moon on this watch, there’s no need to fuss with pins or special tools. Instead, Raymond Weil has thoughtfully incorporated two pushers between each set of the lugs to make adjustments a cinch. Remarkably, the pushers are flushed with the polished case so they do not disrupt the clean lines of the timepiece.

Side Line: Piaget Altiplano 38mm 900P

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If you’re a watchmaker, ultra-thin is horological utopia, a perpetual quest, for there’s no knowing exactly what the limit is until you define it. Short of disappearing altogether, the slimmer a mechanical watch is, the more technically challenging it is to make it. And Piaget knows exactly where and how to draw the line.

Just a quick recap of its ultra-thin endeavours: Since 1957 it became famous for the Calibre 9P world’s thinnest manually-wound movement and then in 1960, it made the world’s thinnest self-winding movement, Calibre 12P. Embracing its savoir-faire with ultra-thin watchmaking, Piaget went on to make such ground-breaking movements as Calibre 600P (world’s thinnest shaped tourbillon movement) and more recently in 2010 Calibre 1200P (new thinnest self-winding movement), spinning off several ultra-thin high complications thereafter. 

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Right when you thought, “it can’t get any thinner than that”, the manufacture whips up another record-breaking ultra-thin watch to blow your socks off. Indeed, every year without fail, Piaget astounds the watch world with ever thinner watches, and 2014 will not be an exception. The latest feather in its cap is the Altiplano 38mm 900P. Measuring only 3.65mm in total height, this mind-blowing timepiece is the result of more than a few innovative technical manoeuvres. What is the exact height of the movement, you ask? Well, this is a question that cannot be answered conventionally because case and movement are one, and this would not have been possible if Piaget didn’t have full control over movement and case making.

It took three years of close collaboration between the manufactures at La Côte aux Fées and Plan-les-Ouates to come up with such a watch. Of the 145 individual components, some wheels measure a mere 0.12mm. But there must be a limit to how much one can shave off, so clearly there’s much more to the Altiplano 38mm 900P than paper-thin wheels.

A mechanical movement is typically made up of the following components: main plate, bridges, barrel, wheels, springs, screws, pinions, escapement, balance wheel and spring. Of these, the main plate occupies the greatest amount of space because it is what the entire movement is built on. Its job is to hold all the components in place. Technically the movement cannot be assembled without a main plate, just like you can’t assemble a sandwich without two slices of bread. But suppose the main plate was replaced with something else, say, the case back. Ah ha!

 

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That was precisely what Piaget had done. Without a main plate, the case back of the Altiplano 38mm 900P was entrusted with the duty of holding together all the components of the watch. The assembly process for this timepiece was also unusual in that the watchmaker begins with the 18k white gold case back, fits in all the bridges, wheels and other parts, and completes the job by setting 18k white gold top case and sapphire crystal. But that’s not all. To condense the movement further, no part of the internal mechanism, not even the hands, is to be higher than the overall thickness of the balance wheel. This necessitates the implementation of off-centre hours and minutes and a suspended barrel (48-hour power reserve) hanging from a single bridge.

Turn the watch to its side and contemplate the technical ingenuity within. Literally wafer thin, extra precaution had been taken to bolster it from the perils of pressure from the outside world. An ultra-thin watch is more susceptible to flexing than normal watches. When that happens, the crystal could press on the hands and cause the movement to stop. Piaget deftly eradicates this problem by placing the hands on a lower plane than the bridges, so when the crystal flexes, it presses on the wheel-train bridge instead. At the moment, Piaget is awaiting a patent for this device.

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And what of finishing? No Piaget watch ever leaves the manufacture without properly satin-brushed and sandblasted plates, as well as bevelled and satin-brushed bridges. In the Altiplano 38mm 900P, bridges are also black-coated.