What Chinese animal sign were you born under? Mine’s the Metal Horse. People born under this sign are said to be frank by nature , sharp with their tongue but willing to go the extra mile to help friends (which is quite an accurate expression, if I do say so myself :D).
2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster, and they’re said to be a charming lot – resourceful, confident, popular with crowds, outspoken, distinguished, attractive and beautiful. Aiming to embody these traits, luxury watchmakers Piaget launches their limited edition Chinese New Year watches, with unique and creative interpretations. A marriage of rich Chinese culture, vibrant works of art and Swiss engineering and ingenuity, indeed.
The Altiplano Chinese Zodiac
Made by world-renowned master enameller Anita Porchet, the rooster comes to life on the ultra-thin Altiplano. Using a cloisonné enamelling technique, Porchet is able to reimagine the rooster in the signature style of the collection, defined by its infinite shades of grey. The painstaking process involves partitioning the enamel pigments using cloisons, before they are fired multiple times at over 800°C in the kiln, isolating shades of grey from light in order to express the subtle details. The watch is Piaget 430P with ultra-thin mechanical manual-winding movement, a black alligator leather strap with white gold ardillon buckle and a power reserve of approximately 43 hours.
To top off the luxury? The timepiece comes in an 18K white gold case, set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.7 carats). It is limited to just 38 pieces.
The 12 Signs of the Chinese Zodiac on the Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Tourbillon Relatif movement is this one-of-a-kind piece inspired by the Chinese zodiac. Done in white gold and black enamel, it combines champlevé Grand Feu enamelling with delicate hand engravings of each animal. This process requires absolute precision. as the engraver first traces the design on the dial and creates the cells that will be filled with black enamel, then filling in the cavities with black pigments before firing it numerous times over a kiln. The next step is to varnish it, giving the timepiece an ethereal radiance – and then the master engraver has to delicately add minute details to the artwork. Hours are indicated by the central disc, while seconds are indicated by the carriage of the tourbillon suspended above the dial on the minute hand. It has also been redesigned as a cut-out arrow to allow a better view of the decorations on the dial.
Each timepiece comes with an 18K white gold case, black alligator leather strap with a white gold folding clasp, and has approximately 80 hours of power reserve.
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