Since its creation in 1874, Piaget has embodied with elegance the blend between tradition and avant-garde. This status has been obtained through a ground breaking approach to design and technical innovations.
The period between the end of the 1950s to the 1970s is widely seen as the golden era of this Swiss manufacturer. This is easily explained by the fact that Piaget introduced at that time many of the iconic pieces that are still today part of the DNA of the luxury brand. Indeed, when enthusiasts and collectors evoke Piaget, what springs immediately to their mind is ultra-thin calibers, hard-stone dials and innovative design.
PIAGET, A LADY'S FINE YELLOW GOLD OVAL BRACELET WATCH WITH A RHODONITE DIAL CASE 192742 CIRCA 1975. ESTIMATE 18,000—28,000 CHF, AND A LADY'S FINE YELLOW GOLD OVAL BRACELET WATCH WITH LAPIS LAZULI DIAL CIRCA 1975. ESTIMATE 15,000—25,000 CHF.
Amongst the beautiful and carefully curated selection of ladies timepieces of our forthcoming Geneva Important Watches auction, two lots particularly gather these highly desirable characteristics. These two pieces are fitted with a beautiful hard-stone dials. Lot 118 has a lapis lazuli dial, another signature of Piaget whereas lot 119 presents a beautiful rhodonite dial with Roman numerals.
They are further distinguished by having the legendary caliber 9P. This ultra-thin caliber was first introduced in 1957 and measures only 2 mm thick without compromising on the quality of its finish. Along with the automatic version, caliber 12P, this movement contributed to the recognition of the brand in the watchmaking industry and still inspires today’s production.
PIAGET, A LADY'S FINE YELLOW GOLD OVAL BRACELET WATCH WITH A RHODONITE DIAL CASE 192742 CIRCA 1975. ESTIMATE 18,000—28,000 CHF.
Another essential characteristic is the spectacular design of the pieces with an unusual oval dial and a finely engraved and decorated linked yellow gold bezel continued by the bracelet as if it was a chain reeled around the precious dial.
These charismatic pieces go beyond representing a golden period and continue today to charm us by their sophistication and timeless elegance. It is easy to understand why this fascinating manufacturer inspired icons of style and artists such as Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol or Salvador Dalí. Dalí collaborated with Yves Piaget on a spectacular and rare watch that recently sold at Sotheby's in New York, highlighting the company's links with tastemakers and cultural figures; spanning history, but always remaining current.
MAIN IMAGE: PIAGET, A LADY'S FINE YELLOW GOLD OVAL BRACELET WATCH WITH LAPIS LAZULI DIAL CIRCA 1975. ESTIMATE 15,000—25,000 CHF.