It’s no mean feat that in a reality of capricious shifts in taste, some things remain stunners over the decades, with so little changed. One of these is the Piaget Limelight Gala. Inspired by Patrimony models from the 1960s and ’70s, the Limelight Gala hasn’t aged a whit, but under Piaget’s artful tweaks, have grown even more glamorous, sensuous, and captivating.
For 2020, Piaget is releasing four new Limelight Gala watches, each an expression of one of Piaget’s four pillars of excellence: The Art of Gold, The Art of Light, The Art of Colour and The Art of Movement.
The Art of Gold
The sensuous case lines as accentuated by the signature asymmetric lugs begins to captivate from afar; the seduction is complete with stunning details that emerge as one comes closer.
Piaget is one of the few manufactures with in-house expertise in fabricating hand-made gold bracelets, transforming precious metal into bracelets boasting the suppleness and texture of fabric. The process begins with hundreds of gold links, tightly assembled then soldered together, before being hand-engraved in an assortment of styles.
In the Ref. G0A45163 ‘The Art of Gold’, the white gold bracelet is engraved in the Palace Décor style – accroding to Piaget, only a few artisans in its “Workshop of Extraordinary Creations” have the expertise to produce this iconic pattern.
The dial, also made of white gold, is engraved with the same ‘palace’ decoration as the bracelet, by the same engraver for consistency. It is then topped with translucent blue grand feu enamel, requiring multiple firings in an oven at over 800 degrees Celsius.
Framing this dial is a ring of diamonds and sapphires that extend to the lugs, using a new openworked setting to accommodate larger stones for maximum play of light.
Cal. 690P quartz movement; hours and minutes
32mm case in 18k white gold; 20 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.46ct), 22 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (4.01ct);
18k white gold bracelet; hand-engraved Palace Décor; integrated scale clasp