Watches & Wonders 2021: Piaget’s new Limelight Gala collection

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Inspired by the legendary parties organised by the Piaget Society and attended by illustrious personalities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Andy Warhol, this new collection still features the now iconic design of sensual lines, a cambered case, asymmetrical lugs adorned with gemstones, and integrated gold case and bracelet.

This year, Piaget took the theme of charting the sun’s movement through the day to create the Limelight Gala Precious Limited Edition which features gemstones in blue (for the morning sky), yellow (for the sun at its zenith) and pink (for the glow of the setting sun). 

A particular model of interest in this collection is the Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise, which will be limited to only 18 pieces. This timepiece features a bezel set with 32 brilliant-cut blue sapphires and 10 brilliant-cut diamonds echoing a bright, sunny morning sky. It comes with an 18K white gold bracelet and 32mm case that houses the maison’s Calibre 501 P1 movement, as well as a dial created from snow setting 289 diamonds.

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Also not to be missed in the collection is the Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow, which showcases Piaget’s expertise in watchmaking, goldsmithing and gem-setting. This timepiece is a first for the maison as it features a rainbow setting of green tsavorites and colored sapphires set around its distinctive bezel and lugs. Through the tireless effort of Piaget’s gemmologists, they sourced for the red, orange, yellow, blue, indigo and violet sapphires – along with the tsavorite – and used an intricate technique called Sertie Descendu to set it while magnifying the brilliance of each gemstone. 

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As with the Precious Sunrise, the Precious rainbow also runs the Calibre 501 P1 movement encased in a 32mm 18K rose gold case with a dial and bracelet that features the brand’s signature Palace decoration.

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