This year's SIHH in Geneva saw Piaget combine 136 years of watchmaking nous with a keen eye for high jewellery design, resulting in a number of extraordinary watch collections for women including the standout Limelight Gala diamond watches. For men the highlight is the Emperador Coussin Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater, the slimmest of its kind ever made.
With its stylish curves and gem-set bezel featuring a trail of progressively sized brilliant-cut diamonds, the Limelight Gala collection whispers of Piaget's glamorous initial foray into jewellery watches in the 1960s. From the classical simplicity of a Limelight Gala in white gold with black satin strap to the high-voltage brilliance of the Limelight Gala in white gold, set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds and with a dial pavéd with 228 brilliant-cut diamonds and a bracelet pavéd with 451 brilliant-cut diamonds, the Limelight Gala is a knock-out.
Couture Précieuse, initially unveiled at the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris last autumn as a jewellery and watch collection, aims even higher in the high jewellery stakes. Each of the watches within the collection is as much a jewel as a watch, from the signature gold-weave gold chain cuff watch (this year with a selection of dials) to the feather-light wave of a high jewellery cuff watch in rose gold, set with 194 brilliant-cut diamonds.
Alongside the breathtaking high jewellery timepieces Piaget also unveiled a true watchmaking wonder: the Emperador Coussin Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater. With a calibre measuring 4.8mm and a 9.4mm case - the fourth major complication to be designed, developed and assembly built entirely by Piaget - the Calibre 1290P minute repeater sets a slimline record as the world's thinnest automatic movement.
With a strong resurgence of the Altiplano at this year's show, Piaget proved just what makes this horological show of shows so exclusive.
Read more about Piaget's cuff watches from the 1970's here.