Piaget, the haute horlogerie and haute joaillerie brand that I still associate with the elegance and joie de vivre embodied by Yves Piaget, is presenting a very balanced collection this year, showcasing their watchmaking and jewellery skills.

We saw the Swinging Sautoir, a spectacular collier that features a watch, three Hidden Treasures – cuff watches with precious stone dials (which no one does like Piaget), and a superb Limelight Aura watch with an incredible gradient of sapphires and diamonds.

I must write a few words about the Piaget Polo Perpetual Calendar Obsidian in white gold, with sapphires on the bezel and an obsidian dial. It follows the steel Piaget Polo with green dial that was recently launched. The precious version will be available in 18 pieces, it sports 56 blue sapphires and comes with an alligator and a rubber strap (the former is my favorite as it “grounds” the watch, making it highly wearable on almost any occasion). The watch is only 8.65 mm thick, with a 4 mm in-house calibre. The 18 pieces were almost sold out on the second day of Watches and Wonders.

I absolutely fell in love with the cuff watch with the turquoise dial, with its massive gold bracelet entirely engraved by hand with the Palace decor. The watch has a very unusual shape, due to the innovative, unexpected way in which the case seems to be forcefully integrated into the cuff. The price is 150,000 euros without taxes.

The Limelight Aura is the pinnacle of Piaget’s savoir-faire: a stunning haute-joaillerie watch powered by a mechanical hand wound movement (430P). The gradient is superb, you cannot really tell where the sapphires end and the diamonds begin, it is a full-baguette watch and they even set the case sides with sapphires – baguettes, naturally. It took 8 months just to source the stones for this incredible unique piece, which will soon be followed by a bigger brother.

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