This year Piaget, the Swiss watch brand that has made its name by creating some of the thinnest watches on the market today, is celebrating its 140th anniversary. To mark this impressive achievement it will heading to the 27th Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, the biannual exhibition of all things fabulous in the world of high-end objects, to showcase an exquisite collection of watches and jewellery inspired by its 1960s and 1970s archives.
There will be 88 jewellery pieces and 37 watches on show – all made using the very finest stones set into precious metals.
We’re totally in love with the cuff watches, one of which was inspired by a timepiece owned by the impeccably stylish Jackie Kennedy. She used to sport a Piaget with an oval jade dial, which was set with diamonds and emeralds fitted onto a supple bracelet made from gold mesh adorned with something called ‘palace’ décor – a seriously impressive technique used by Piaget which makes the outside of the bracelet look like an iridescent ribbon, however, when you look at the inside you’ll see that it is actually made from hundreds of tiny interwoven links.
This piece of Piaget’s heritage has been used as inspiration for this 2014 collection.
These are not pieces whose purpose is to let you know what time the cab will be picking you up, this is more like jewellery than watch-making. But whatever you want to call them, the fact remains that they are utterly beautiful and we want them all.
Unfortunately bank robbery might be the only way we can get our hands on one.
The Biennale des Antiquaires runs from September 11-24 at the Grand Palais in Paris.