Piaget Dragon and Phoenix Watches - Tribute to Chinese Culture

Sep 12, 2011
The house of Piaget has proudly released its new Dragon & Phoenix collection, devoted to the next year of Dragon.

The new Piaget line includes more than 20 watches, which boast Chinese imperial symbols - the Dragon and the Phoenix. In Chinese culture, the Dragon, a sign of masculinity, incarnates a variety of human virtues, including wisdom, benevolence and the power to encourage growth in the spirit of harmony. A symbol of femininity, the Phoenix, meanwhile, embodies charm and beauty, prudence and compassion.

Here are the star items of the collection. The new Piaget Emperador XL watch is delivered in an 18K pink gold case. Its back side demonstrates a sapphire crystal with a gilded applied dragon ideogram.

Housed in the case is a dial with a hand-engraved dragon design, illuminated by 257 brilliant-cut diamonds. The overall weight of the jewels comes to 0.3 carats. Shielded by a sapphire crystal, the display ensures hours and minutes. At 12 oclock, it is also highlighted by a flying tourbillon, which rotates one time per minute.

Animating the functions is the brands proprietary hand-wound 600P movement. It incorporates a hand-circular-grained main plate and bridges, hand-bevelled and hand-drawn bridges and carriage as well as blued screws. The mechanism runs at the rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour and allows for a 40-hour power reserve.

Offered in a limited and numbered edition of 8 pieces, the timepiece comes fitted with a grey alligator leather strap, closed with an 18K pink gold clasp.

The next gem is the new Piaget Altiplano Double Jeu 43 mm watch. Its originality lies in two cases it employs. The 18K white gold lower case is paved with 381 brilliant-cut diamonds, totaling to 3.1 carats, and 60 baguette-cut diamonds, with the overall weight equal to 4.6 carats. The upper case, also in 18K white gold, portrays an image of phoenix, studded with 355 brilliant-cut diamonds, totaling to 0.7 carats. The case-back is engraved with a Chinese phoenix ideogram.

The model is adorned with a silvered dial, which indicates hours and minutes. The display is controlled by an ultra-thin mechanical hand-wound Piaget 830P movement. It comprises a circular-grained main plate, bevelled bridges, engraved coat-of-arms as well as blued screws. The caliber operates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and supplies a 60-hour power reserve.

Strictly limited to 8 pieces, the new Piaget watch is mounted on a white alligator leather strap. It is finalized by an 18K white gold folding clasp, set with 26 brilliant-cut diamonds.

The new Piaget Limelight Twice watch is composed of two sides. The case on the first side is rendered in 18K white gold. It is embellished with a sunburst motif, which consists of 226 brilliant-cut diamonds. Their weight comes to 4.6 carats. The silvered dial here is adorned with a refined Phoenix ideogram. The 18K white gold clasp, which secures the model to the wearers wrist, is sprinkled with 54 brilliant-cut diamonds - about 0.2 carats.

The second side, also in 18K white gold, is paved with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds. The silvered dial features a silvered Phoenix design under a sapphire glass. The clasp is done in 18K polished white gold.

Inside the cases are hidden two Piaget 56P quartz movements. The new Piaget watch is worn on reversible white or black satin straps.

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