It is not of all the time that a watch manufacturer with a talent for ultra-thin movements makes the leap into high jewellery with such interesting results. Piaget has been exceptional in this area since it began its creative journey in the 1960s, designing its high jewellery collections in tandem with its women’s jewellery watches.
Piaget’s new Sunlight Journey Collection is inspired by Italian Amalfi Coast and captures three different times of day – dawn, midday and sunset – in a dazzling array of high jewellery and watches.
Vibrant colour, exquisite craftsmanship and a strong 1970s vibe are the order of the day with Piaget’s Sunlight Journey. The collection features high jewellery, jewellery watches and ring. A remarkable journey to the frontiers of influences and desires that nurture a vision of materials, motifs and lights.
This exploration creates the most lingering emotions, even if they were to last only one day. Sunlight Journey is therefore an escapade punctuated by the path of the sun and the moods it creates, alternating between gentle meanderings, joyful effervescence and dazzling radiance.
Piaget’s newest collection draws inspiration from the scenic beauty of the Amalfi Coast. A land of fire, volcanoes, and azure blue seas; a land bathed in light, a land where the natural elements unite with strength and passion. A land rich in culture and artistic expressions; a land of exchanges and sharing, where life itself is regarded as an intense and refined work of art, echoing the ‘art of living’ locations so greatly prized by the Piaget Society.
Each time of day produces its own light and its distinctive vibe, in which jewellery and watchmaking creations bloom in dazzling colours thanks to the use of exceptional gems such as blue sapphires and yellow diamonds. A journey expressed through a unique path to the heart of many skills cultivated by the Maison Piaget.
The first set of pieces in the collection begins with the Secrets of Dawn. These pieces exhibit the traits of dawn, when sea and sky appear to merge in misty shades of grey, beige and pink, a lucky few strolls along the beach in search of new impressions and are treated to the first bursts of sunlight dappling the surface of water, creating a magical sparkle. These pieces are clothed in pink gold and adorned with white opals and Paraiba tourmalines.
The fascinating watches feature dials adorned with variously shaded white opals form sceneries composed of billowing clouds and foam that inspire dreams and fantasy. Some of watches have captured these images in memory of a summer stroll, by using original materials such as eggshell mosaic for their dial decoration.
The second set in this collection is Midday Festival highlighting how the sun’s illuminating contrasts and thrilling visual effects. It is a celebration of pieces carved out of rough gems, tracing a random path along the cliffs, beyond which extend infinite stretches of sky and sea. It showcases the beauty of a symphony of sapphire and lapis lazuli blues and emerald greens.
Each of the elements composing this natural setting, lit up by the sun, delivers a series of tableaus featuring a flamboyant aesthetic. This pair of earrings echoes the geography of distant islands, lost in a sea of black opal. They are an open invitation to plunge into the heart of summer. In this set is a marvellous creation necklace sparkling with an oval-cut Ceylon sapphire mimicking the shimmer of the sun across the surface of the water thanks to its shower of diamonds.
Also, included in this set, is a watch made of gems that embraces the wrist with its asymmetrical charm. There is also a necklace of sapphires, black opals and diamonds crowned by an emerald-cut blue sapphire shines with unique radiance like waves lapping against the shore.
The last set in the collection is Nightfall Celebration, the final lap in the journey through nature and time. For the watch in this set, lavish pink bougainvillea encircles the dial, meticulously crafted of micro-mosaic, taking on an intense and luminous fuchsia pink hue. The sky is clothed in orange, pink and gold and the sun glows in all its majesty one last time before dipping beneath the horizon, like this cuff-watch adorned with a purplish pink spinel. It radiates colourful beams of pink sapphires and red spinels. Luminously resistant to nightfall, a cushion-shape yellow diamond glows with spectacular radiance in the company of red spinels, yellow and white diamonds.
The ring in this set is skilfully crafted feather marquetry embellished with purple sapphires, red spinels and diamonds, representing yet another treasure amid a world of pure beauty in the midst of summer.