This is beautiful. It’s also the first of many dragon (龙) inspired pieces we’ll see this year I’m sure – it being the Chinese year of the dragon and all.
[Press Release] Piaget launches its Dragon and Phoenix collection in honour of the coming Year of the Dragon. The Dragon (龙) is one of the most ancient and sacred Chinese totems, symbolising at once the identity of the nation and the highest achievements of Chinese civilisation. In the west, the Dragon is a magical creature known for its wisdom and power.
To create the Altiplano Tourbillon Dragon Pocketwatch, the Enamel Master has used just two grand feu enamel colours: black for the background and Limoges white enamel for the dragon. The enamel is relatively translucent and the more intense white hues are achieved exclusively by superimposing layers.
The shades of grey are achieved exclusively by superimposing layers. The shades of grey are achieved by stretching the white enamel to create a transparent effect.
The more the enamel is stretched, the thinner the layer and the darker the resulting grey. The dragon is thus made by successively added layers of white enamel in varying degrees of thickness. This superimposition is visible to the naked eye, since the dragon is embossed or raised, thus creating a distinctly sculptural effect.
Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Dragon
18-carat white gold case with grand feu miniature enamel case back following the grisaille technique
18-carat white gold bezel set with 144 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.4 cts)
Small sapphire case-back
Silver-colour dial, black baton hour-markers and a Chinese dragon ideogram
Manufacture Piaget 602P mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement
World’s slimmest shaped tourbillon
Functions: hour, minute, flying tourbillon (at 9 o’clock)
Movement thickness: 3.5 mm
Casing diameter: 22.40 mm x 28.64 mm
Cadence: 21,600 vph
Tourbillon carriage: 3 titanium bridges
Weight of the tourbillon carriage: 0.2 g
Approximately 40-hour power reserve
Finishing: circular Côtes de Genève, hand-circular-grained mainplate and bridges, hand-bevelled and hand-drawn bridges and carriage, blued screws on bridges
Presented with an 18-carat white gold chain, a grey alligator cordlet, and a grey alligator leather base and fob
Limited and numbered edition of three pieces