The Israeli model and occasional actress Bar Refaeli is the face of Piaget’s exclusive new high jewelry watch line.
The new Piaget watch collection includes the extra-flat ‘Dancer skeleton‘, a ‘Limelight‘ design, ‘Emperador Coussin‘, ‘Emperador Coussin Tourbillon‘ and the ‘Altiplano‘ watches and the ‘Quantième Perpétuele’ model featuring an extra-thin Manufacture movement and dual time zone.
The ‘Dancer skeleton’ is the world’s thinnest gemset mechanical watch. It features the grace of a white gold Haute Horlogerie and Haute Joaillerie interpretation. Its slim case lends itself to the expertise of extremely precise gemsetting. The watch is the culmination of 700 hours of development and 325 hours of gemsetting. Around 1,194 brilliant and baguettecut diamonds, totalling approximately 31.8 carats, sparkle on this model beating to the rhythm of gemset Calibre 838D.
“The movement appears to be floating weightless in mid-air, looking much like a luxurious openworked embroidery that makes an elegant match for the suppleness and comfort of a chic and elegant bracelet,” says Piaget.
The miniature Altiplano creation is the world’s thinnest automatic watch (at 6.44 mm thick). This watch and its unique gemsetting can be admired through a sapphire crystal fitted in the exhibition caseback and notably revealing the platinum oscillating weight engraved with the Piaget crest. On the dial, slim black baton-type hour-markers make a striking contrast with the hour-markers sparkling in the light of baguette-cut diamonds, while the case, lugs and even the folding clasp shine with baguette-or brilliant-cut diamonds. In all, 260 hours of development and over 30 hours of gemsetting (totalling 9.2 carats) have been lavished on crafting thisdazzling model.
With the Haute Joaillerie Classique watch Piaget wants to achieve ever-greater jewellery-making excellence. Its dial is distinguished by a sunburst setting of 32 baguette-cut diamonds totalling 5.6 carats and calibrated to form triangles fanning out around the hour-wheel. It took no less than 150 hours to set the 277 diamonds totalling 49.7 carats.
Bar Refaeli posed also for the Piaget’s Rose 2012 collection launched in spring. Refaeli was photographed wearing necklaces, earrings, cuffs, bracelets and rings all bearing Piaget’s iconic flower.