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Piaget celebrates 150 years with incredible new high jewellery

The Swiss maker is marking a momentous anniversary with Essence of Extraleganza, a new 96-piece collection of high jewellery and timepieces. Incredible suites of carnelians and diamonds feature, as do cuff watches and swinging sautoirs in turquoise

By Joshua Hendren

Happy 150th anniversary to Piaget! To celebrate this historic milestone, and much to the delight of its clientele, the Swiss maison has debuted a brand-new offering of high jewellery.

Essence of Extraleganza, a 96-piece collection of fine gold and vibrant stones, draws on Piaget’s unparalleled creativity in the 1960s and 1970s.

Piaget’s new Essence of Extraleganza high jewellery

“In 2022, when we began to design the 150 year anniversary collection it wasn’t about identically reproducing heritage pieces, but rather taking inspiration from them. Revisiting those values of boldness, originality and elegance that characterise this maison’s soul at the dawn of modernity,” shares Stéphanie Sivrière, the artistic director of Piaget’s jewellery and watches.

Piaget’s new Essence of Extraleganza high jewellery

Extraleganza, the first chapter of the collection – named for its fusion of “extravagance” and “elegance” – showcases avant-grade design. A suite of carnelians, spessartite garnets, yellow sapphires, and diamonds is a particularly eye-catching marvel, highlighted by a hand-crafted rose gold chain necklace in a striking orange gradation of stones centred by a 21.23-carat cushion-cut spessartite garnet.

Another creation, a “scarf” necklace formed of titanium, is bejewelled with a 1,500 sapphires, spessartite garnets and tourmalines, and accompanied by a matching bracelet, ring and a pair of earrings.

Piaget’s new Essence of Extraleganza high jewellery

When Mastery Ignites Artistry marks the second theme of high jewellery. Here, couture references breathe life into textured designs, like a coiled gold cuff studded with 26 rose and violet sapphires. Elsewhere, white diamonds are paired with forty Colombian baguette-cut emeralds on a high jewellery watch in a twinkling mosaic pattern.

Piaget’s new Essence of Extraleganza high jewellery
Piaget’s new Essence of Extraleganza high jewellery

The concluding chapter, Piaget Society, celebrates the boldness of Piaget and its distinctive approach to jewellery, like a playful lasso necklace that wraps the neck in rose gold and over 1,300 turquoise cabochons. Crowning the theme is a transformable cuff bracelet, decorated with gold and diamond fringing that masterfully conceals a turquoise watch dial.

Like this? Discover Piaget’s offering at Watches & Wonders 2024

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