Watches: A Mythical Journey by Piaget

By Thierry Ané on January 4, 2014

The decorative arts are taken extremely seriously by Vacheron Constantin and Cartier. These impressive manufactures have a large range of artistic techniques at their disposal to produce the most exquisite timepieces. This year, they dazzle us once again with creations showcasing their extensive technical expertise as well as their remarkable aesthetic sense. They could reign supreme over this watchmaking niche but another high-end manufacture does not see it this way. Indeed, with a new collection of no less than thirty-two watches, Piaget intends to remind everyone of the infinite ornamental skills present in their La Côte-aux-Fées workshop.


“A Mythical Journey by Piaget”: the name of this dazzling collection is already an invitation to dream and to travel. It draws us into a marvellous and epic voyage between Asia and India, midway between the Silk Route and the Spice Route. The arts of engraving, guillochage, gem-setting, micro-mosaic, embroidery, bullino engraving, and all sorts of enamelling are expertly used by the brand’s designers to produce stunning timepieces related to China and India.


Here is a brief presentation of some of the most captivating works of art in this exceptional collection.



Protocole XXL Asian Landscape Micro-Mosaic Painting


The dials of the Protocole XXL watches presented above and below were inspired by a pagoda in the Yunnan region near the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains. However, it is realised with two very different techniques: the version above uses micro-mosaic painting while the model below features enamel miniature painting. Similar models (micro-mosaic or enamel miniature painting are also available with an Indian landscape.



Protocole XXL Asian Landscape Enamel Miniature Painting


The Emperador Cushion XL (pink gold or white gold) has always been a favourite of mine. I also love the Emperador Cushion First Step on the Moon that Piaget created for the Only Watch 2009 auction with it moon phase disc engraved with the tread left by Neil Armstrong after the first step on the moon. I must admit though that the brand took the watch to another level with the Emperador Cushion Moon Phases Enamel Miniature Painting pictured below. Two versions are available, both with a miniature painting map of the Silk Route or the Spice Route and decorated with a compass.



Emperador Cushion Moon Phases Enamel Miniature Painting


Beautiful versions of the Emperador XL Flying Tourbillon are also part of this exceptional collection. As shown below, this model is now available in pink gold or white gold set with baguette-cut diamonds and an enamel miniature painting dial: elephants adorned the Indian version while cranes have been selected for the Chinese model.




I don’t know about you but my head aches in front of so much beauty! I am in awe of Piaget’s creativity and artistic expertise. Although the Emperador Cushion Moon phases Enamel Miniature Painting remains my favourite, there is not a single model I don’t like very much. The only thing I would like to say to Piaget is that, although I understand this is an entire collection, when you have so many beautiful watches, you should release them one by one so that they each receive the media coverage they deserve.


Since I have not presented all the models in this article, I strongly encourage you to look at the bottom of this article to discover them all. It is truly worth it!


For a technical description of the timepieces and additional pictures:

Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Cranes Pavé White Gold [G0A38568]
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Cranes Pavé White Gold
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Elephant Bullino Engraving Diamonds White Gold [G0A38597]
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Elephant Bullino Engraving Diamonds White Gold
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Elephant Bullino Engraving Diamonds Yellow Gold [G0A38596]
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Elephant Bullino Engraving Diamonds Yellow Gold
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Pine Needles Enamel Miniature Painting Diamonds White Gold [G0A38576]
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Pine Needles Enamel Miniature Painting Diamonds White Gold
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Pine Tree Precious Thread Embroidery Diamonds White Gold [G0A38573]
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Pine Tree Precious Thread Embroidery Diamonds White Gold
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Plum Blossom Precious Thread Embroidery Diamonds White Gold [G0A38574]
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Plum Blossom Precious Thread Embroidery Diamonds White Gold
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Plum Flowers Enamel Miniature Painting Diamonds White Gold [G0A38577]
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Plum Flowers Enamel Miniature Painting Diamonds White Gold
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Rearing Horse Cloisonné Enamel Diamonds Pink Gold [G0A38571]
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Rearing Horse Cloisonné Enamel Diamonds Pink Gold
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Rearing Horse Cloisonné Enamel Diamonds White Gold [G0A38571]
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Manual Rearing Horse Cloisonné Enamel Diamonds White Gold
Piaget Altiplano 43mm Double Asian Landscape Gold Engraving Pavé White Gold [G0A38570]
Piaget Altiplano 43mm Double Asian Landscape Gold Engraving Pavé White Gold
Piaget Altiplano 43mm Double Indian Landscape Gold Engraving Pavé White Gold [G0A38586]
Piaget Altiplano 43mm Double Indian Landscape Gold Engraving Pavé White Gold
Piaget Altiplano 43mm Double Peacock Plique-à-Jour Enamel Pavé White Gold [G0A38583]
Piaget Altiplano 43mm Double Peacock Plique-à-Jour Enamel Pavé White Gold
Piaget Altiplano 43mm Double Peacock Plique-à-Jour Enamel Pavé Yellow Gold [G0A38582]
Piaget Altiplano 43mm Double Peacock Plique-à-Jour Enamel Pavé Yellow Gold
Piaget Emperador Cushion Moon Phases Enamel Miniature Painting Diamonds White Gold [G0A38561]
Piaget Emperador Cushion Moon Phases Enamel Miniature Painting Diamonds White Gold
Piaget Emperador Cushion Moon Phases Enamel Miniature Painting White Gold [G0A38560]
Piaget Emperador Cushion Moon Phases Enamel Miniature Painting White Gold
Piaget Emperador Elephants Enamel Miniature Painting Pavé Pink Gold [G0A38588]
Piaget Emperador Elephants Enamel Miniature Painting Pavé Pink Gold
Piaget Emperador XL Cranes Pavé White Gold [G0A38567]
Piaget Emperador XL Cranes Pavé White Gold
Piaget Emperador XL Flying Tourbillon Cranes Enamel Miniature Painting Full Pavé White Gold [G0A38587]
Piaget Emperador XL Flying Tourbillon Cranes Enamel Miniature Painting Full Pavé White Gold
Piaget Emperador XL Flying Tourbillon Elephants Enamel Miniature Painting Full Pavé Pink Gold [G0A38587]
Piaget Emperador XL Flying Tourbillon Elephants Enamel Miniature Painting Full Pavé Pink Gold
Piaget Limelight Dancing Light Diamonds White Gold [G0A38569]
Piaget Limelight Dancing Light Diamonds White Gold
Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif Cranes Diamonds White Gold [G0A38578]
Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif Cranes Diamonds White Gold
Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif Elephants Diamonds White Gold [G0A38578]
Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif Elephants Diamonds White Gold
Piaget Protocole XXL Asian Landscape Enamel Miniature Painting White Gold [G0A38564]
Piaget Protocole XXL Asian Landscape Enamel Miniature Painting White Gold
Piaget Protocole XXL Asian Landscape Micro-Mosaic Painting White Gold [G0A38565]
Piaget Protocole XXL Asian Landscape Micro-Mosaic Painting White Gold
Piaget Protocole XXL Indian Landscape Enamel Miniature Painting Yellow Gold [G0A38584]
Piaget Protocole XXL Indian Landscape Enamel Miniature Painting Yellow Gold
Piaget Protocole XXL Indian Landscape Micro-Mosaic Painting Yellow Gold [G0A38584]
Piaget Protocole XXL Indian Landscape Micro-Mosaic Painting Yellow Gold