Piaget Timepiece Marks Chinese New Year

By Paul Joseph

Swiss jewellery brand Piaget have welcomed in the Chinese New Year with a stunning new timepiece representing the Chinese year of the monkey.

The latest addition to Piaget’s “Art & Excellence” collection, the watch’s face showcases the Grand Feu cloisonné enameling tradition. By partitioning the enamel in a method using cloisons, the artwork achieves an enhanced sophistication, giving the monkey a subtle glistening coat of fur as the monkey holds a peach – a symbol of immortality in Chinese culture.

The artisan initially forms the decorative design with strips of gold. Next, the pigments are crushed and mixed by hand before colours are carefully applied to the face of the watch with a fine brush. Honouring the tradition of grand feu enamels, the firing of this limited edition timepiece in a kiln at over 800°C ensures the longevity as well as a striking glow.

The clarity of this enamel work is enriched by Piaget’s gem-setting expertise with the 18-carat white gold case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds.

The “Art & Excellence” year of the monkey Chinese Zodiac collection is limited to just 38 pieces available exclusively in Piaget boutiques.

Founded by Georges Piaget in the village of La Côte-aux-Fées, Switzerland in 1874, Piaget has grown to become one of the world’s most famous jewellery brands.

By Paul Joseph