Friday, November 22, 2013
‘It’s complicated,’ in most cases, is a negative remark. Unless you are talking about a watch. Then complication becomes the major consideration that tips a timepiece’s fate towards your good favor. Piaget, the luxury watchmaking company founded by George Piaget in La Côte-aux-Fées, Switzerland 139 years ago, prides itself in its heritage of world class complications and ultra-thin watches. The Piaget Emperador Cushion-shaped watch deserves its royal title well. The 46.5mm gold case houses a Piaget manufactured 855P ultra-thin, self-winding mechanical perpetual calendar movement. Its elegant blue dial displays retrograde day and date counters, as well as a second time zone window that proves useful for travelers in getting into the right zone without upsetting the perpetual calendar. The sapphire crystal caseback allows a glimpse of the watch’s mechanisms, an intricacy as interesting as its superbly finished and beautifully readable dial.
Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco is an authorized retailer for Piaget Emperador and other complications.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
One look at Piaget’s Skeleton Antiplano Ultra-Thin watch is enough to tell this designer luxury timepiece is unlike any other. Piaget is the recognized industry leader in creating the thinnest movements and astounding complications. The company is no doubt maximizing its strongest asset as it flaunts what it’s got in this model's unique open-worked dial and caseback, both exposing the watch’s 2.44mm caliber 1200S – the world’s thinnest automatic open-worked caliber. The exceptional mechanism is housed in a sleek 38mm white gold case with black pvd treatment. The blackened oscillating weight, the black screws and bridges, the sunburst satin-finished plate, and the colored jewels only enhances the show of horological expertise displayed in such a thin watch as Antiplano.
Check it out for yourself at Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for luxury pieces such as Piaget’s Skeleton Antiplano Ultra-Thin watch. Shreve & Co. has a shop in Portland, Oregon.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Nobody delivers thin-movements like Piaget. The prime Swiss haute horlogerie company, which has been designing, developing and producing its own in-house movements since 1874, has made a fascinating science out of the age-old craft of watch making. Acclaimed across the globe as the master of thin-movements, Piaget is the creator of the world’s thinnest tourbillon – and a complex flying tourbillon movement at that. Faithful to its heritage of overriding technical limits, the watch manufacturer continues to set new records that redefine luxury watches and movements. The brand’s specialist craftsmen and master watchmakers comply with the strictest specifications in producing components that are reduced to minimal dimensions, some of which are as thin as human hair. The Piaget team of experts, based in the company’s manufacture at La Côte-aux-Fées, carry out a long string of decorative and technical operations to put together impressive aesthetics and high functionality – including perpetual calendars, minute repeaters, and famous tourbillions.
Check out Piaget at authorized retailers such as Shreve & Co. at Post Street in San Francisco.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Piaget is a recognized name in the watch industry, more so by the most prominent names in the field than most watch aficionados and experts. While the wide-ranging designs of Piaget’s cases and dials garner loyalty from different groups of people, the brand’s true strength lies within the timepieces that it has been creating for more than 30 years. Piaget is one of the most important manufacturers of movements and components for Swiss watches, which speaks a great deal considering “Swiss-made” are the watchmaking cream of the crop. In the past 10 years, the key focus of the brand has been the development of new and beautiful movements including the calibers Tourbillon, Tourbillon Relatif, Quantième Perpétuel and Flyback Chronograph, all engineered and designed in accordance with Piaget’s signature “thin movement” tradition. Most of Piaget’s pieces have see through open dials or clear case backs to show off the brand’s “hidden” ingenuity.
Find Piaget at Shreve & Co in Portland Oregon – authorized dealer for Piaget timepieces.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
The title “Emperor” is so respectable no one can just arbitrarily attach it to anyone or anything. Swiss watchmaker Piaget, with its established reputation for unrivaled quality and fine aesthetics, dares to use the regal terms and undoubtedly gives it justice. The Piaget Emperador Tourbillion skeleton watch is special in many ways. First, it uses the tourbillion, which is an addition to its escapement mechanism that improves the accuracy of the piece as well as flaunts the watchmaking virtuosity of the maker. Second, as a skeleton watch, the Emperador is not only a rare work of art in terms of its case design but also a welcoming window that lets the wearer view the complexities of the movement within. To top it off with a royal flair, the Reverse Tonneau white gold case and dial are set completely with precious stones much like a gem-decked monarch in its splendor.
Check out the Emperador and other Piaget pieces at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Ultra-thin is definitely something to aim for. No, not anybody’s figure. We are talking about the Altiplano, Piaget’s ultra-thin 2.5 mm thick wristwatch. This 2008 Watch of the Year model has a sleek dial and slender baton hands on its minimalist white gold case, embodying the purity and classicism that the brand stands for. The true wonder of this watch is its ultra-thin 2.3mm mechanical movement that allows the model to take on impossible flatness. Along with the calibre is a 22k gold micro rotor that takes up minimal space inside the 40mm round case. The precise motions of the watch’s movement shows through its sapphire case back, embellished with Piaget’s coat of arms, circular-grained mainplate and distinctive blued screws that make the show all the more spectacular.
Check out Altiplano and other Piaget timepieces at Shreve & Co in Portland, Oregon – authorized dealer for Piaget.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Piaget has been an expert in watchmaking and jewelry since its foundation in 1874. From a company specializing in the production of watch movements, Piaget has ventured wider to the manufacture of jewelry watches and jewelry collections in the 1960s. Piaget’s outstanding watches are encompassed by the integration of exceptional engineering skills for watchmaking and excellent jewelry-making craftsmanship. The groups of engineers and designers, backed with the state-of-the-art computer software designed specifically for the manufacture, primarily constitute the most valuable asset of the company. Both teams are involved in ensuring the long-term reliability of the watches. External components, like watchcases, dials, bracelets, buckles and crowns, are carefully created with the aid of computer simulations in order to meet the standards of quality. The actual production process involves both manual and digital or electronic technology comprising a series of approximately sixty operations effectively covering the decorations and finishes to the case. Piaget ensures you that every specific detail has been taken care of. Check out Piaget's outstanding collections at Shreve &. Co in Palo Alto.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
When it comes to accessories, women instinctively gravitate towards diamonds. Having been a jeweller and watchmaker since 1874, Piaget knows exactly what a woman wants in a watch and gives it to them in a golden platter. This Piaget Limelight piece is a beautiful ribbon-inspired bracelet – or not. It’s actually a Ribbon motif secret watch creatively designed to conceal a diamond studded, mother-of-pearl dial running on Piaget 56P Quartz movement. Piaget craftsmen painstakingly perfected every ribbon contour of white or pink gold and set them with 262 brilliant diamond stones for each timepiece. A well-hidden mechanism allows the wearer to gently lift the central ribbon to take a peek at the bejewelled watch, all without having to give away that she is actually wearing one. Why all the bother just for a dainty jewelled watch? Well, it’s Piaget! They give you what you want. Schiffman’s Jewelers in Palo Alto is an authorized dealer for Piaget.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Nothing but Piaget comes to mind when the words jewelry and watches are put together. And nothing in its collection speaks much bolder of jewelry watches as the Exceptional Pieces collection. These treasures of bold designs are at the apex of jewelry watches and had Piaget sitting at the top among the greats. The Emperador G0A34128 for ladies is 32x41mm and cased in 18K white gold that is set with 171 brilliant-cut diamonds. It uses the Manufacture Piaget 530P movement. The dial is with 389 brilliant-cut diamonds and the bracelet showcases 589. If that does not wow anyone try the other Emperador model G0A37040. This model uses the the ultra-thin and self-winding mechanical Tourbillion 1270P. Its 18K white gold case, dial, crown and bracelet are set by a total of 1723 baguette and brilliant-cut rocks. These magnificent pieces are testaments to Piaget’s unwavering goal and exceptional ability to continually surpass itself. As part of the Exceptional Pieces collection, these models have been icons of the era that they were first made. But as eternal as any Piaget piece is, the collection shines even brighter by making it among top-tier Piaget pieces ever produced through its entire tenure in the business. For more jaw-dropping Piaget pieces, visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for Piaget.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Paintings and art pieces are usually too heavy to carry around to show off to friends. But Piaget makes it easier for anyone to carry around an art piece for others, and for him, to enjoy. Enameling has been a tradition at Piaget’s. It is a continuous tradition to create watches with miniature paintings thus infusing the complications and sophistication of science with the elegance and beauty of art. Piaget’s obsession with art is evident in such pieces as the Protocole XXL Paris and New York. Using the the Protocole as the canvas, Piaget now paints with enamel all over the face of the watch covering every surface. This miniature painting is done on 18k white or yellow gold. They could’ve used any other material but hey, it’s Piaget. They have reached another level of obsession for perfection in art and craftsmanship. The watches themselves are pretty hard to make and more so the enamel paintings embracing them. Every enameled piece is reportedly fired almost twenty times in the oven for perfection. Most of the time, art pieces belong in the galleries but a Piaget belongs around your wrist. To get some Piaget’s around your wrists, visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for Piaget.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Looking around for a trendy watch, I realized that the 2012 lines of fashionable watches seem to live in our time: they are getting outlandishly overweight if not obese. They are heavy to lug around, cumbersome at best and unrealistically hard to hide under the cuff. And I noticed too that the trend extends to women’s wrists. Are they the reflection of the world going fat? Amidst this epidemic of bigness in the world of telling time, it is nice to come across the thin, fine lines of a Piaget watch. Has it been in a pseudo South Beach diet that it is able to keep its shape through the years? But a Piaget is a Piaget, which means, if anything is surprising about this classy brand, it is not its thinness. It introduced the ultra-thin mechanical movement in watches back in the sixties, when it brought out the Calibre 12P, which at 2.3 mm is the world’s thinnest automatic movement as affirmed in the Guinness Book of Records. Not to say that thinness is all there is to a watch; yet when you know that it is harder to create a thin watch than a bulky one, a Piaget stands out. It takes better engineering, a more sophisticated craftsmanship—honed since the 1870s when Piaget was founded in a quaint Swiss town—so that the fine lines and precise movement is a “harmony at the heart of a Piaget watch,” so said George Piaget, the founder.
Image: The Altiplano 43mm (Anniversary Edition with Calibre 1200P)—the world’s thinnest automatic