There are few things in life that are true symbols of everlasting luxury but for gold and roses. Coveting these desires is ingrained within us as human nature strives endlessly for perfection. In answer to this pursuit for distinction, Piaget has commissioned a timepiece that merges the beauty of the rose with the extravagance of gold: The Piaget Art & Excellence haute horlogerie watch.
Taking inspiration from Yves Piaget, chairman of the Swiss maison, and his passion for the immaculate rose — in particular a variant by the Meilland rose-growing company so named the Yves Piaget rose — its exquisite form is conveyed upon the iconic ultra-thin Altiplano watch. Bestowed with the honour of working with this singular bloom, artisan Dick Steenman has captured the likeness of the lush, serrated petals in a distinct splendour.
This ode to the rose begins by outlining the form of the Yves Piaget bloom with a scriber, after which Steenman has to sculpt each petal with careful precision due to the exceptionally thin dial. This scrupulously methodical process is patiently repeated until the rose takes shape, all the while ensuring the metal is not pierced even as he simultaneously creates depth in the carving. Once the rose has fully unfurled, it is then delicately sanded and smoothed to a flawless gleaming gold.
The hardest part is yet to come though, as the artisan now needs to apply the finishing touches by accentuating the angles and highlighting the rose's layers, a perilous task that requires the steadiest of hands and absolute mastery of one's craft. Involving more than 30 hours of workmanship and artistry, this signature timepiece is the extraordinary embodiment of timeless yet contemporary femininity. The muse of jewellers, women and romantics the world over, the rose lives on forever in the Piaget Art & Excellence.
The Art & Excellence Altiplano is available exclusively at Piaget boutiques.