PIAGET HAS ALWAYS TREASURED CHINESE CULTURE. FOR 10 YEARS NOW THE MAISON HAS RELEASED A UNIQUE LIMITED-EDITION TIMEPIECE FOR THE CHINESE NEW YEAR FEATURING THE YEAR’S ZODIAC ANIMAL IN GRAND FEU ENAMEL.
This Chinese New Year marks the year of the tiger, the king of the jungle in Chinese culture. The tiger is associated with power, dignity, and fortune. Like the tiger, people born under this zodiac sign are often considered to be ambitious, self-confident, courageous, powerful, noble, wealthy, smart, magisterial, and have an acute sense of justice. Even though they are authoritative, they have a cute and charming side when you know them well.
Piaget joins the Chinese New Year festivities this year with an Altiplano timepiece featuring a fearless tiger in cloisonné grand feu enamel. Meticulously crafted by master-enameller Anita Porchet, this limited edition of 38 timepieces depicts the tiger in all its splendour, roaring across the dial in all its majesty. The timepiece is housed in a 38 mm 18K white gold case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds and i powered by the Maison’s ultra-thin, manual-winding 430P movement, attesting to Piaget’s expertise in ultra-thin watchmaking, gem-setting, and artistic craftsmanship excellence.
Anita Porchet, Master Enameller
Anita Porchet has been collaborating with Piaget since 2006, and is renowned for her mastery of all the enamelling techniques. The cloisonné technique used for this Altiplano watch is a 4000-year-old decorative art. It starts with a transfer of the design onto the surface of the dial using gold ribbons to create miniature partitions, or cloisons, in which the different enamel pigments are placed. The dial is then fired in the kiln multiple times at temperatures between 820oC and 850oC. Once finished, the dial is varnished, capturing the image forever.
Piaget timepieces are available for purchase at our 101 Collins Street, and Crown Melbourne boutiques.