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Own the Night with Piaget’s Solstice Collection

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“All our know-how is transmitted from one generation to the next.”
—Christophe Bourrier

Winter Solstice, the day of the year when darkness prevails over light, evokes a sense of mystery and inspiration, and it’s this potent energy that shapes Piaget’s Solstice high jewellery collection.

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Extravagant Touch Piaget watch from the Solstice collection.

Echoing the magic of the Winter Solstice, the jewels are ephemeral works of art; and in true Maison style no detail has been left to chance. But to fully appreciate Piaget’s deeply emotive approach to jewellery-making, we must go back to where it all began.

In 1874, in the small Swiss village of La Côte-aux-Fées, 19-year-old farmer Georges-Édouard Piaget started to create high-precision movements and components for watches. Developing the craft into a family business, he later passed the company to his son who began manufacturing luxury wristwatches and pocket watches.

In 1957, the Piaget brand, by now a registered trademark, made history with its 9P calibre watch, designed to have the slimmest mechanical movement in the world. Three years later, Piaget broke another record by developing the Calibre 12P, the world’s thinnest self-winding movement. Piaget thus became the master of ultra-thin movements and remains so today.

In the 1960s, Piaget forayed into the world of jewellery, using its expertise in watchmaking to create unique watches doubling as intricately crafted jewels.

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Left: Christophe Bourrier, Piaget’s global director of High Jewellery & Exceptional Creations. Right: Jean-Bernard Forot, Piaget’s director of Patrimony.

Today, the brand prides itself on making everything in-house—from sourcing and designing gems to watchmaking and crafting jewellery.

“We own 100 percent of the manufacture; we have our own gemology team and our own studio design, so we’re all integrated,” says Christophe Bourrier, Piaget’s global director of High Jewellery & Exceptional Creations.

Order the Magnifissance print edition to read the full story.

This story is from Magnifissance Issue 116

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