Piaget’s expertise at playing with diamonds, crystals and other precious metals to create horological masterpieces are indeed common knowledge now, and it comes out yet again in the ‘Dragon’ and ‘Phoenix’ series which are tributes to the year 2012, otherwise called the ‘Year of the dragon’ in the orient countries. A true symbol of the works by hand, these timepieces will certainly look to exceed standards earlier set by Piaget other masterpieces such as the 21 blackjack and the New York Polo Tourbillon timepieces.
This new series will have more than 20 models in them, including some princely highlights like the Piaget Emparador XL, Altiplano Double Jeu and Limelight Twice. Piaget Emparador has an 18K pink gold case with hand engraved dragon monogram, and embellished 257 brilliant cut diamonds. The back of the casing is a sapphire crystal structure with a dragon ideogram, and the strapping is made of grey alligator leather with had stitching. Moving over to the more blinged and whiter version is the Altiplano Double Jeu, which has 2 casings of 18K white gold. The upper case has 381 brilliant cut diamonds and 60 baguette cut diamonds. The case back has the prominent dragon monogram. The movement is powered by a tourbillon which is ultra thin in design, is hand wound and has a reserve of 60 hours of power. The strapping of this timepiece created with white alligator leather with 26 diamonds and looking at the exclusivity factor, only 8 pieces will ever be made.
The Limelight Twice is another one with a double sided design, and both of them are made of 18K white gold. Compared to the Altiplano, it has a lesser quantity of diamonds at 226 pieces totaling 4.6 carat in weight. Both the dials are made in silver, and have been given the phoenix monograms which symbolize the feminine values of the orient. The movement is empowered by the 56P quartz movement which is exclusively associated with the watchmaker. The strap is created with satin with options for either a black one or a white handcrafted one. However, when you are done ‘vowing’ these masterpieces of horology, you could also take a look at the Bovet Only Watch 2011 timepiece, and the Cornelius & Cie Tourbillon watch which have carried concepts of the Year of the dragon.