Piaget presents Aqua Summa, a piece of the Metaphoria
Gold that flows like water. Rivers of precious stones, in natural parures that shine against the skin. Made with remarkable artistry, these pieces’ unique shapes echo the masterful play of textures and colours…
In 1969, Yves Piaget unveiled his “21st Century Collection ”, resplendent with wildly extravagant jewellery watches with ornamental stones set into their dials, as well as engraved gold sautoir and cuff watches. With this collection, he laid the groundwork for Piaget’s signature style. Festive, elegant, unique. “Experimentation, innovation and joy are part of the Maison’s DNA. From as early as the 1960s, Piaget dared to introduce coral, turquoise and lapis lazuli into watchmaking and into unique pieces of jewellery, observes Benjamin Comar, Piaget CEO. This desire to use unexpected materials in pieces created to high jewellery standards is still at the very core of our identity.”
In 2023, the “21st Century Collection” comes to life as “Metaphoria ”, a dazzling metaphor for nature and its metamorphoses. With this collection of 41 pieces of jewellery and 11 watches, divided into two chapters, Azureia and Beautanica, Piaget expresses its vision of contemporary high jewellery by paying homage to its main source of inspiration: vibrant, radiant nature. This prolific creativity is paired with renowned savoir-faire – all the collection’s pieces are made in Piaget’s Geneva atelier, where there are over seven different jobs in the high jewellery atelier alone. The designs are further enhanced by the use of sublime gemstones, which endow Metaphoria with a unique spirit and sophisticated originality.
METAPHORIA, A MANIFESTO
Far from limiting itself to a purely figurative interpretation of nature, rarely seen at Piaget, the Maison has selected the most emblematic elements of nature: the living energy of oceans, mountains and forests.
“Our goal was to emphasise details that call to mind natural phenomena, such as the flow of a waterfall or the rays of the sun, while inspiring a particular emotion”, explains Stéphanie Sivrière, creative director at Piaget. ”The materials we use, from insect elytra to precious wood, were selected to bring an unpredictable, living element to a piece of 21st century high jewellery.”
From contrasting materials to a play with form and light, from fluidity to asymmetry, Metaphoria is the epitome of the distinctive codes of Piaget’s style, in which imaginative design meets breathtaking savoir-faire and the unquenchable pursuit of perfection.
Extraordinary elegance exudes from this perfectly falling Aqua Summa set, in which the Maison conveys its vision of frost and ice with the unusual pairing of aquamarine with Akoya pearls and diamonds. The collar necklace, fully articulated with an invisible clasp, shows off cerulean pear-shaped aquamarines, the largest of which weighs over 4 carats. The piece can be matched with earrings and an exquisite cocktail ring, whose white gold body is paved with a frost of shimmering diamonds and is set with a 12.48-carat cushion-cut aquamarine.