Piaget Mediterranean Garden

A High Jewellery collection inspired by the intense beauty and the glamour of the Riviera

Celebrating the free spirit of the 1960s and 1970s, the Extremely Piaget collection recalls a stellar period of creativity and innovation in the history of the Maison, marked by an explosion of colour and new Breitling replica watches shapes, and enhanced by the most precious materials: diamonds, colourful stones and exquisite gold.  During these carefree years, with its bold creations, Piaget established itself as the brand of choice for celebrities and the international jet set who enjoyed the glamour of life on the Riviera, and regularly frequented its extraordinary parties, some organised by Mr Piaget himself. Finding inspiration in its rich heritage, the new Piaget Mediterranean Garden collection brings a contemporary twist to the captivating lifestyle of the Riviera with its elegant festivities and stylish fashions.  Exploring the elaborate marriage of brilliant stones and intricate gold techniques, these surprising designs for the sophisticated modern woman embody the distinctive elegance associated with Mediterranean living since the 1960s.

Twisted gold and marquise diamonds: A Walk Through The Mediterranean Garden

With the same boldness that captivated the most stylish personalities of the era, Piaget Mediterranean Garden brings to life the beauty of blooming roses, palm trees and shimmering waters in a cheap Breitling replica watches style that is uniquely « Piaget », masterfully combining the fine art of goldsmithing and the expertise of gem-setting to create seductive pieces. The Piaget Rose, inspired by Yves Piaget’s passion for the queen of flowers, is joined by creations with their many surprising shapes, colours and textures. The precision and artistry with which the gold is shaped and woven, and with which the gems are set infuses each jewel with great depth and sparkle, like a secret garden filled with rays of sunlight or the delicate beams of a coastal moon. With Paraiba tourmaline and blue sapphires elegantly reflecting the blue of the deep sea waters, the untameable French Riviera lifestyle is fully staged.

The collection is characterised by two jewellery techniques – twisted goldsmithing and marquise-cut stones – expertly mastered by the Maison. Made popular in the 1960s and 1970s, Piaget has continued to evolve them, developing increasingly complex methods to reach new heights in perfection. The Twisted Gold cuff is created using a single gold wire, rather than two, twisted upon itself. Achieving the helical pattern with such a thin thread demands precision and patience from the jeweller, who then cuts it into small segments and solders it on the gold band of the bracelet without a single trace of the welding to be seen.  Both the border of the bracelet, as well as the prongs holding the diamonds are created from twisted gold.  This unique Montblanc replica watches setting technique gives the impression that the stones are delicately floating on the delicately polished surface of the bracelet.

First commissioned by King Louis XV to emulate the seductive smile of his mistress the Marquise Madame de Pompadour, the marquise-cut tells a poetic and sensual symbolic that perfectly suits Piaget’s femininity. Due to its shape and facets, inclusions and colour are more visible than in other types of cut, requiring Piaget’s gemmologists to source the best replica Breitling watches  clarity and colour for all its marquise-cut diamonds, a process that can take over 6 months. Respecting the codes of the art of gemmology, perfect symmetry of the cut is required to maximize the stone’s face up beauty and contrast brilliance. The marquise-cut gives diamonds a very particular sparkle. The use of this cut has been a classic in Piaget High Jewellery since the Maison’s early beginnings as a master-jeweller.

Only once the best stones have been identified can the virtuosity of Piaget gem-setting begin, each stone placed with the greatest precision around the watch, creating a laurel wreath as a powerful symbol of victory and glory for the woman wearing the timepiece.   Native to the Mediterranean region, the aromatic laurel with its glossy and broad leaves is transformed in diamonds and gold. As the marquise-cut releases the fiery sparkle of the stone, radiating from the centre towards the two ends of the navette, the crown of diamonds that surrounds the dial shines in such a way that the case disappears. The uniquely tapered shape gives this kind of diamond a very particular movement, facilitating the seamless juxtaposition of the stones in a circular shape to create generous volume, while keeping the appearance of the Breitling replica watches online light, feminine and delicate.

In a world of fragrant fantasy and floral beauty, the feminine rose in gold and diamonds continues to enthral. Inspired by the latest Breitling replica watches uk leafy and luscious gardens overlooking the Riviera, with their palms, laurels and roses, the Piaget Mediterranean Garden seduces with its elaborately textured gold, marquise-cut diamonds and its explosion of colourful stones.

Jaquet Droz’s New Bird Repeater Geneva

The Jaquet Droz brand has made a name for itself by combining fine watchmaking and elaborate mechanical inventions. Now Jaquet Droz has turned its attentions to the capital city of top Breitling replica watchmaking. With the new Bird Repeater Geneva, the brand has adapted its automaton-bearing minute repeater to include some of Geneva’s landmarks.

On the Bird Repeater Geneva’s dial, timekeeping takes a backseat to grand effects. Most prominent on the dial are the bird automata, which are hand-painted and hand-crafted in gold. There are two fully grown goldfinches: the one on the left leans forward to feed its young, while the one on the right moves its head and extends and retracts its wings. In the gold nest between the birds, two hatchlings sit on either side of an egg. The egg cracks open, revealing another baby bird inside.

Meanwhile, the painted gold dial behind the birds displays recognizable symbols of Geneva. The nest sits on Île Rousseau, an island in Lake Geneva. On the right of the dial is Salève, a pre-Alpine mountain that is visible from the city. On the left is the Phare des Pâquis lighthouse, and above it, an additional automaton element: the iconic Jet d’Eau fountain. The fountain looks to be continually cascading, thanks to a rotating disk visible through an aperture in the dial. In total, there are eight distinct animated parts of the Breitling replica watches sale display.

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The Bird Repeater Geneva contains manufacture caliber RMA88, a manual-wind movement. It has a single barrel (48-hour power reserve) to power the automata and the repeater. The movement beats at 18,000 vph. It has 69 jewels and 508 components in total. In terms of time display, the cheap Montblanc replica watches is very simple: an offset subdial of black onyx at 12 o’clock tells you all you need to know. The hands are made of rose gold.

The minute repeater mechanism is activated via a slide on the left side of the 47-mm rose-gold case. Through the caseback, one can see the cathedral gong, which encircles the movement in two rings. In total, the case is 18.7 mm thick. It is not water resistant. The watch comes on a black alligator strap with a rose-gold folding clasp.

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Jaquet Droz’s first Bird Repeater watch debuted in 2012. That piece, also using the RMA88 movement, showcased another bird species and landmarks of the Swiss Jura region. The Breitling fake watches all hark back to the brand’s namesake, the 18th-century Swiss inventor Pierre Jaquet-Droz, who was known not only for his pocketwatches but for his automata – including very popular singing bird mechanisms.

Eight pieces of the Bird Repeater Geneva will be produced, each with its limited-edition serial number engraved on the caseback. The watch costs $472,500.

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Escapement Watch Review: The TAG Heuer Monaco 24 Calibre 36 Automatic Chronograph

In this article from my online magazine, Escapement, I offer you a review of the TAG Heuer Monaco 24 Calibre 36 Automatic Chronograph, a chronograph Breitling replica watches with a proud auto racing history.

Walking along Manchester’s rain-soaked pavements may not sound like an enticing prospect, but located on St. Ann Street, in one of the city’s most prestigious shopping areas, is a retail destination which justifies embracing the inclement weather. The recently opened TAG Heuer boutique is a sumptuously appointed haven of horological treats.

The Boutique has an extensive array of models, including some “Boutique Only” watches and some of the brand’s über-complicated haute horlogerie timepieces.

During a recent visit to the boutique, an attentive member of staff showed me a plethora of eye-catching models. But, on this occasion, I had no intention of making a purchase. Indeed, I had another objective in mind: to spend 30 minutes in the company of a watch, taking photographs and recording copious notes.

With the onset of the winter blues, I craved a touch of sunshine and sought a brightly colored watch to dispel any sense of seasonal sadness. The name “Monaco” conjures thoughts of a sun-drenched destination where each year glamorous individuals attend the most exciting motorsport event, the Grand Prix de Monaco. The name also proves familiar to those with a passing interest in horology.

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The Heuer Monaco, released in 1969, is an iconic watch, respected by legions of watch collectors.

Jack Heuer and Willy Breitling shared the development costs of producing the world’s first self-winding chronograph. This movement, code named Project 99 was subsequently named the Calibre 11. Heuer, realizing both companies would share the same movement, chose to house the Calibre 11 in the world’s first water-resistant square case, providing an additional point of differentiation. The iconic Monaco was born.

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Since its launch the Monaco has spawned an array of variants, but has always retained strong links to motorsport, courtesy of the 1970s film “Le Mans,” in which Steve McQueen was seen sporting a blue-dial version of the fake Montblanc Watches.

The boutique in Manchester had several members of the Monaco family in stock, but my eyes were drawn to a vibrant orange-and-anthracite model with a character distinctly different from the 1969 original. The Monaco 24 Calibre 36 Automatic Chronograph has been produced in various colorways, but the sunny disposition of the orange dial detail wholeheartedly captured my attention. While this particular variant of the Monaco was first released in 2011, it continues to have a charming freshness to its form.

The dial:

The first striking detail of the dial design is that it is round yet housed within a square case. Moreover, the circular canvas floats within the case with the areas to the side according a view from front to back.

Within each corner of the case, shock-absorbing mounts can be seen. These are part of the company’s “Advanced Dynamic Absorber” system protecting the movement from shocks and holding the floating dial in position. On this particular model, the shock-absorbing mounts are presented in a metallic orange color.

While my attention was initially drawn to the orange shades featured on this watch, anthracite is the most widely used color on the dial. The central area of the dial is affixed with four brightly polished screws and incorporates a vertical satin brush. The adjacent surfaces employ a horizontal brush.

The hour and minute hands are rhodium plated and lined with luminescent material. The central chronograph seconds hand is presented in a cheerful orange shade. Below noon, “24” is proudly proclaimed in a modern font, referencing the famous 24-hour race in Le Mans.

Two square subdials are positioned at 3 and 6 o’clock. The corners of each subdial are rounded, softening their profile and providing cohesion with the neighboring rounded lines. The subdial at 3 o’clock is a 30-minute register, whereas the subdial opposite displays the running seconds.

At 6 o’clock, an elongated, curved aperture reveals the date. Encircling the dial is a minute rail featuring luminescent white markings.

TAG Heuer has produced a captivating dial that has a unique appearance. The sapphire crystal features beveled edges which yield fascinating ghost images to the periphery of the dial area. However, this aspect does not detract from the excellent legibility of the dial, but rather offers an abundance of charm.

The case

The case is larger than that of the original 1969 Monaco, with a diameter of 40.5mm. Whilst this could not be described as excessive, there is a significant depth to the case. However, this timepiece remains applicable to current tastes and the watch proves very comfortable to wear.

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The angled trajectory of the push pieces, where they interface with the case band, ties in with the diagonal orientation of the shock absorbers. Furthermore, a soupçon of orange can be seen adjacent the dial where the push pieces connect with the movement. These details may sound minor, but they enhance the visual appeal of the Rolex replica watches uk and manifestly demonstrate TAG Heuer’s obsession with the minutiae.

 

Métiers d’art are second nature for Cartier

In August 2014, Cartier opened its Maison des Métiers d’Art, a renovated farmhouse within sight of the Cartier Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds. With some fifty dedicated craftsmen and women producing in the region of five hundred Breitling Replica watches UK a year under its one roof, this new endeavour will nurture the artistic crafts of both yesterday and tomorrow.

The Ronde Louis Cartier Filigree watch is the first timepiece to emerge from this Maison des Métiers d’Art, originally built as a farmhouse in 1872 and, after renovation, home to Cartier since August last year. It provides a suitable setting for the brand’s craftsmen and women on its La Chaux-de-Fonds site, and offers further confirmation that the métiers d’art have become second nature for Cartier. The fifty-some staff, most of whom were based at the neighbouring Manufacture, have set up their benches inside the new location, where they will work together on the five hundred or so timepieces that will come out of these four walls each year. “On a historic note, already in 1902, King Edward VII dubbed Cartier “jeweller of kings, king of jewellers,” notes Sébastien Mathez, who is director of Fine Watch production at Cartier. “From its very beginnings in 1847, Cartier stood out as having a particular inclination for the métiers d’art. Brothers Louis and Pierre Cartier were artists as well as merchants, who brought back from their travels techniques that were directly inspired by local crafts. This is the very tradition we wish to perpetuate today.”

Mysteries and surprises

The project had time to mature. Cartier’s first collection to be entirely dedicated to the métiers d’art was unveiled in 1999, and the brand has repeated this performance every year since, always returning with more mysteries and surprises. Not only does it intend reviving techniques from the past, it is also set on exploring new territory. “Certain crafts are no longer taught today, hence why we wanted to bring people together, to make it easier to pass on the secrets of the craftsman’s skills orally,” adds Sébastien Mathez. “This shared spirit is, in itself, a factor for creativity and innovation.” The principles that presided over the creation of this Maison des Métiers d’Art were threefold – preserve, share and innovate – and take shape around three themes – enamelling, marquetry and jewellery – that encompass the full range of techniques practiced there.

As well as making high quality replica Montblanc watches that carry on from previously presented series, Cartier’s specialists keep their eyes open for long-lost techniques, forgotten “knacks”, and new opportunities to express them. The collections released over the past three years are fine examples of this. In 2012, Cartier presented a series of watches in grisaille enamel, an ancient enamelling technique in which the motif is “painted” in blanc de Limoges on a black background, producing shades of grey with each subsequent firing. The following year trained the spotlight on Etruscan granulation. This technique uses tiny beads, or granules, cut from gold threads then heated with a flame. These beads are assembled one by one into the desired motif. In January 2014, floral marquetry made its debut. This technique, unprecedented in watchmaking, uses actual flower petals which are preserved, dyed, then affixed to a thin piece of wood, following which they are painstakingly cut into the requisite shapes using a marquetry saw. Needless to say, each of these dials is the result of dozens of hours of work, and only ever proposed as part of a limited edition.

The ancient art of filigree

Inspired by such feats of artistry and craftsmanship, Cartier will come to the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie with a new demonstration of this ongoing commitment to the métiers d’art. The Ronde Louis Cartier watch which the brand is presenting this year is a testament to the art of filigree. The result is a dial adorned with two panthers, fashioned in a delicate gold and platinum lace. These precious threads are twisted, rolled, then cut into tiny rings that are fused together using the openwork technique, whereby the threads are attached at the side rather than the base. So as to further enhance this already painstaking work, the panthers’ filigree coat is spotted with black lacquer and woven with diamonds. From the felines’ emerald eyes to the background in gold-spangled lacquer and the filigree work that spills onto the diamond-paved middle, this Swiss replica watches UK passed from the stone-cutter to the goldsmith, from the jeweller to the engraver and the lacquer painter. Each dial takes one month to complete in a labour of love that is now the heart and soul of this Maison des Métiers d’Art.