Piaget Launches New Ladies’ Limelight Galas And Altiplano Origins
The brand added resplendent gem-set editions to its Limelight Gala line and unveiled the Altiplano Origin 35mm with either a plain or diamond-set gold case.
For Piaget, Watches & Wonders 2021 was an extremely busy show. In addition to launching plain and diamond-set gold editions of its Polo Skeleton and an Altiplano Ultimate Concept with green accents, the brand also unveiled several sparkling, colorful ladies’ watches within its Limelight Gala and Altiplano lines.
Limelight Gala: A Glamorous History
First launched in the 1970s, the Limelight Gala line was inspired by the Piaget Society and its extravagant gatherings of movie stars, artists, and customers who shared a certain art de vivre. Glamourous attendees included Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and Brigitte Bardot.
With its integrated gold case and bracelet and asymmetrical lugs set with exquisite gems by Piaget’s high jewelry artisans, the Limelight Gala is still turning heads nearly half a century later.
Three New Limelight Gala Precious Limited Editions
As a tribute to Limelight Gala and its storied past, Piaget has released three stunning limited editions. Following the sun’s journey across the sky, there is a blue sapphire model for the morning light, a yellow sapphire version for the midday sun, and a pink sapphire model for the glow of sunset.
Each model features the 501P1 manufacture automatic caliber visible through the display back of the 32mm case, and the bezel and lugs are decorated with a flowing gradient of diamonds and colored sapphires.
Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise
The bezel and distinctive lugs of the 18K white gold Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise are set with 32 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (4.70 carats) and 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.90 carats). This crisp combination frames the scintillating dial that has been snow-set with 289 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.76 carats).
Meanwhile, the white gold bracelet has been intricately engraved with Piaget’s Palace Décor pattern. This 18-piece limited edition is priced at CHF 134,000.
Limelight Gala Precious Zenith
Like the Precious Sunrise, the dial of the 18K white gold Limelight Gala Precious Zenith is paved with 289 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.76 carats) using the snow-setting technique.
However, not only are the bezel and lugs gem-set but so too is the spectacular white gold bracelet, with a total of 156 brilliant-cut yellow sapphires (9.28 carats) and 286 brilliant-cut diamonds (10.85 carats) adorning these elements. This eight-piece limited edition is priced at CHF 233,000.
Limelight Gala Precious Sunset
The bezel and lugs of the 18K rose gold Limelight Gala Precious Sunset follow the same theme as the first two models. On the Precious Sunset, they are set with 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.90 carats) and 32 brilliant-cut sapphires (4.70 carats), but this time the sapphires are pink.
Unlike the other two models, the dial is white mother-of-pearl, which adds a brighter touch and complements the white satin strap with a rose gold pin buckle set with 15 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.06 carats). This 50-piece limited edition is priced at CHF 62,000.
Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow
For the first time ever, Piaget has created a resplendent rainbow setting for its Limelight Gala, with the 18K rose gold Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow.
With the same movement and 32mm case size as the Sunrise-Zenith-Sunset trilogy, the Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow features five brilliant-cut green tsavorites (0.91 carats) and 37 brilliant-cut colored sapphires ranging from red to orange, yellow, blue, indigo, and violet (7.90 carats) on its bezel and lugs. The effect is breathtaking.
Also breathtaking is the Palace Décor hand-engraving on both the rose gold dial and rose gold bracelet, which makes the bracelet appear to flow continuously across the dial. This numbered edition is priced at CHF 99,000.
The Altiplano Origin 35mm
The name “Altiplano,” as we know it today, was introduced in 1998 to describe Piaget’s ongoing line of ultra-thin timepieces, the latest of which is the new Altiplano Origin 35mm.
Boasting understated elegance, the Altiplano Origin 35mm is available with either a gem-less 18K rose gold case or an 18K rose or 18K white gold case featuring a bezel adorned with 76 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.49 carats).
Under the silvered dial with rose gold-applied baton indices beats the 501P automatic movement, which can be seen through the sapphire caseback. And each piece is fitted with a quick-change strap in shiny red or blue alligator leather.
Prices start at CHF 18,100 for the plain rose gold version, going up to CHF 26,200 for the diamond-set white gold edition.
(Photography by Pierre Vogel)