Piaget’s Limelight Gala High Jewellery and Limelight Gala Precious step into the light, ready to begin their sparkling and illuminating journey on the wrists of their future owners. Both creations attest to Piaget’s longstanding excellence and identity in the world of jewellery watches.
Limelight Gala High Jewellery
The iconic Limelight Gala wristwatch becomes a work of high jewellery art in this new Limelight Gala High Jewellery edition with its radiant design and audacious mix of different diamond cuts. Brilliant, baguette, and marquise-cut gem cuts capture and reflect the light in different ways for the ultimate sparkle.
The art of stone setting
The Limelight Gala High Jewellery timepiece is so much more than a jewellery watch, it is the result of decades of experience of goldsmithing and gem-setting at the highest level. Over 175 hours of high jewellery expertise are needed to complete just one timepiece with over 250 diamonds coming into play. Crafted from 18-karat white gold, the case and the fully integrated and articulated, diamond-set bracelet hug the wrist like a second skin. The mix of diamond cuts is combined with a medley of setting techniques that give the timepiece its resolutely modern appeal. Over 250 diamonds are meticulously positioned using a claw setting for the marquise-cut diamonds, a snow setting on the dial, a channel setting for the baguette-cut diamonds, and a grain setting for the brilliant-cut diamonds on the bracelet.
Stone setting is an art that gives life to a jewel by adorning it with gems. The jeweller will do everything to highlight the brilliance of the gemstone, its colour, and its unique beauty. This art is considered the most demanding operation of the goldsmith’s work, requiring a very special type of expertise and years of experience that is both technical and highly artistic.
To create the perfect setting, the gem-setter adjusts and fixes each stone, sublimating its beauty, while preserving the harmony of the design to allow the stones to shine. The choice of setting will be made depending on the functionality of the setting and the aesthetic design. The type of gem, its fragility, its transparency, its cut, and its size are also all chosen carefully for maximum effect.
At Piaget, in the “Atelier de l’Extraordinaire”, where the High Jewellery creations are set, the Maison’s gem setters are constantly experimenting with new ideas, following the Maison’s motto to “Always do better than necessary”, especially when trying different types of settings that will reflect the light in different ways.
The Marquise cut
The Marquise cut is perhaps the most important in terms of Piaget’s design codes. As legend has it, France’s King Louis XV requested a diamond to be cut in honour of the smile of his beloved Marquise de Pompadour. This new cut allowed the light to shine from the centre of the gemstone, giving it a unique brilliance. Radiance being so dear to Piaget, this unique cut became a signature for the Maison and graces many of its creations. From the very first Haute Joaillerie patrimony collections to the extravagant jewellery watches created in the 1960s, and many of Piaget’s contemporary creations today, the Marquise cut remains a favourite of the Maison.
The Limelight Gala Precious
The Limelight Gala Precious is a work of radiance, intensity, and vibrancy. It highlights a malachite dial framed with a beautifully coloured gradient setting of tsavorites and diamonds on the asymmetrical bezel. Piaget has the highest selection criteria for its malachite dials. Each semi-precious stone has to be deeply coloured and feature a regular grain with contrasts, possess curved lines, and show no presence of crystals in its structure. The timepiece is housed in a 32mm white gold case and the malachite dial is combined with a central circle fully paved with diamonds using the snow setting. A keen eye with notice that this shape within a shape is a recurring theme at Piaget, with this timepiece taking its inspiration from the Maison’s patrimony pieces.
It is a challenge to find beautifully coloured tsavorites with a round brilliant cut. This is because the round brilliant cut is made to have the maximum brilliance, which is not usually desired for coloured stones, where you want to intensify the internal colour, making this cut extremely difficult to find. It is for this reason that Piaget had these gemstones custom-cut. The aesthetic choice was for the tsavorites to have the same number of facets as the diamonds for an elegant and harmonious setting that does not compromise on the intensity of the colour or light.
It takes several months to source and select the perfect stones to obtain the optimal gradient. Not only do the Maison’s gemmologists need to create the perfect gradient for each watch, but they also need to match the gradients to each timepiece in the collection. The art of colour pairing and shading is very important to Piaget and this particular colour gradient has been selected to provide a strong contrast with the malachite dial.
The timepiece is paired with Piaget’s signature engraved Palace Décor bracelet whose texture is so fine that it looks almost like the fabric from an haute couture gown. This is the mastery of assembling bracelet links that Piaget has been perfecting for decades.
Both the Limelight Gala High Jewellery and Limelight GalaPrecious show the Maison’s excellence in sourcing the world’s most exceptional precious and hard stones, as well as their savoir-faire in bringing out all their natural beauty. Depth of colour, shimmering and sparkling effects, along with mesmerizing designs all result in timepieces that were made to take the stage.
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Limelight Gala High Jewellery
Piaget epitomizes daring creativity – a quality that has continued to permeate through the Maison since its beginnings in 1874. From his first workshop in La Côte-aux-Fées, Georges-Edouard Piaget devoted himself to crafting high-precision movements in a feat that formed the very foundations of our pioneering name. In the late 1950s, Piaget unveiled the ultra-thin movements that would later become the Maison’s trademark and the cornerstone of the Altiplano collection. As a true innovator of the watch and jewellery world, Piaget strongly believed in creativity and artistic values. It is within the walls of our “Ateliers de l’Extraordinaire” where master artisans continue to harness rare skills that have been preserved and perfected from generation to generation, transforming gold, stones and precious gems into dazzling works of art. Through its pursuit of masterful craftsmanship, the Maison has created emblems of daring excellence channeled into its collections including Piaget Altiplano, Piaget Polo, Limelight Gala, Possession, Sunlight, Piaget Rose and Extremely Piaget.
Claw setting is where the stone is set in place using a system of claws. The gemstone sits on a metal band soldered inside the bezel and the claws, which can be of any width or length, are pressed over the crown facets to keep the stone in place. The claw setting was developed in the 19th century to set stones in such a way as to allow light to enter and pass through the stone that is exposed both top and bottom. A claw setting is a classic, timeless, and elegant style used to amplify the brilliance and beauty of top-quality stones.
Snow setting features diamonds of different sizes that are juxtaposed in a seemingly random pattern. The arrangement aims to leave as little metal visible as possible. Each arrangement is unique and gives the effect of a blanket of snow glittering in the sunshine. The gem-setter uses a burr to make a honeycomb pattern of hollows where the diamonds will go, then pushes grains of gold against the stone to hold it in position. Part of the challenge of this type of setting is that the setter has to seamlessly blend diamonds of varying diameters next to each other to achieve the sparkling snow effect.
Channel setting is appreciated for its combination of extra sparkle and clean modern look. It provides a different type of brilliance to the creation. Channels are cut into the metal to house a row of stones. The gem setter indents a groove for the stones to sit in and closes the lip of the metal to secure them in place. The stones sit side-by-side for a clean, continuous line.
Grain setting starts with an engraving of the metal to produce a small grain or bead which holds the stone in place. Every grain is rolled to ensure a round, smooth, unblemished appearance. Grain setting is an intricate technique by which gems are secured in a ring with the help of tiny prongs or beads. These beads are barely visible and hold the stones extremely close to one another, ensuring that no visible gaps are left in between. The result creates an encrusted and highly sparkly overall appearance.
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