Hands-On: A Spectacular, Vintage-Inspired Unique Piece From The Extremely Piaget Collection
After seeing a few cool vintage Piaget pieces come across my work area while at Sotheby’s, I always hoped that Piaget would resuscitate these plans, as I felt they would without a doubt be a triumph. So when I heard that Piaget had made a unique piece enlivened by one of their well-known and great sleeve watches, I was siphoned. Nay, elated.
This sleeve watch is essential for the Extremely Piaget assortment, which is an accolade for the heyday of Piaget watchmaking and plan during the 1960s and ’70s. Piaget was the lord of cool plan and creative technology. They were one of the principal brands to utilize the Beta 21 development (RIP Quartz Week ), which constrained them to come up with bigger cases to house the new, bigger development. Thusly, the bigger cases made it important to plan bigger arm bands to adjust everything. The outcomes? Watches as very cool and insane wristbands, sleeves, and even pieces of jewelry. From the start the watches were quite chunky because of the size of the development, however Piaget built up the much thinner 7P quartz development to lighten things up. Despite the development size, Piaget kept on making fascinating jewelry watches. Quick forward to 2015, and you have the piece unique you see here.
Side Note: The tiger-eye example below left is at present available to be purchased . Make certain to watch out for it as these watches will in general get along nicely at closeout.
Image Courtesy of Sotheby’s
Image Courtesy of Sotheby’s
As you can see from the photos, this piece is nothing short of breathtaking. Its intricate pen like sleeve (or in Jack’s words, “it would appear that the rib pen of a seagull”) is made of hammered white gold, and holds not one, but rather TWO dials on either side (how’s that for a double time?). One dial is made of a thin layer of fire opal, while the other is made of onyx. Stone dials are a brand name of Piaget, since the time they were appeared by the brand in 1964. They were celebrated for utilizing strange stones such as onyx, lapis lazuli, coral, opal, turquoise, and tiger-eye. The sleeve is made in two segments – the opal dial on one side, and the onyx on the other. Both segments are associated by a hinge that encases the wrist (you’d need a lovely little one, I might add) and the wristband is shut with a little hooked clasp.
The white-gold formed bars are shaped and hammered throughout, which is a similar technique utilized on a comparative piece from 1974. However, for this “reversible” sleeve, the part that holds the opal dial is encrusted with precious stones, while the onyx dial side is plain hammered white gold (one side for day and the other for night).
In complete the watch is set with a whopping 2,008 splendid cut precious stones – a sum of 11.7 cts. Like the greater part of Piaget’s high jewelry pieces, t has a 56P quartz development. Yet, how about we get genuine, nobody is seeing this watch for the movement.
Obviously this piece isn’t for everybody, and would be quite hard to wear – this is a significant, significant assertion piece, and you would have to be the right individual, in the right conditions and setting, to pull this off. Also, with a sticker price of $260,000, it’s hard to manage. However, I can’t resist the urge to experience passionate feelings for the mind blowing retro plan. In a world where numerous women’s watches are either embellished with jewels or more modest adaptations of men’s watches, this one is extraordinary in my eyes due to the historical significance. It succeeds not as a result of its expense or the lavishness of its utilization of jewels, but since of the wonderful plan.
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