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Rare Piaget Ruby Dial Diamond 18 Karat Gold Mechanical Wristwatch

$27,500

About

Piaget mechanical wristwatches from the 1970s have long become a collector item, besides being a beautiful piece of wearable jewelry. Among these the most sought after models are the ones with hard-stone dials such as Lapis Lazuli or Jade. The rarest dial has always been the ruby dial such as the one in this watch. Very few have been manufactured over the years and at the moment this one seems to be the only one available on the market. To find a corundum crystal - in this case a ruby - with no major crystalline inclusions which could open up to the surface and one with a uniform natural design as to make it appealing to the eye is extremely difficult to find. The crystal has to be pure enough as to be able to cut a thin slice without cracking or having fissures which open up to the surface. This ruby dial is just that and presents a wonderful harmonious contrast of color with the yellow gold wristband. Masterfully hand-crafted in 18 karat yellow gold the fine woven design brings out the utmost elegance in this watch. The extra thin Piaget movement makes this piece of jewelry a most comfortable and eye-catching wear. Fitted with an 18 jewel manual movement in working condition, the case and dial are embellished by 28 perfectly matched bright white round brilliant cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.40 carats. The length of this watch is 7 1/8 inches or approximately 18.1 centimeters. The bracelet has been lengthened by a master jeweler (possibly by Piaget) with exactly the same design up to the minute detail, only visible after inspecting with a 10 power magnification. Signed Piaget on dial and movement with original Piaget clasp. Weight: 71.9 grams Dimensions: case 24 mm wide, 27 mm high ( long ) Movement: calibre 9P, 18 jewels, no. 7008567 Case numbered: 9814 D2, 188094

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Stone Cut
  • Weight
    71.9 g
  • Dimensions
    Width: 0.95 in. (24 mm)Length: 0.72 in. (18.10 mm)
  • Place of Origin
    Switzerland
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    ca 1970
  • Condition
    Additions or alterations made to the original: Bracelet has been lengthened by a master jeweler ( possibly by Piaget ) not visible to the naked eye. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 45161stDibs: LU73212231182

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About the Designer

Piaget

In 1874, at age 19, Georges-Édouard Piaget (1855–1931) began manufacturing handmade timepiece components and movements in a workshop on his family farm in La Côte-aux-Fées, Switzerland. The company expanded into luxury wristwatches and pocket watches under the direction of Georges-Édouard’s son, Timothée Piaget. Later, Timothée’s sons, Gérald and Valentin Piaget, would lead a team of talented craftspeople into a new era of innovation for the brand in both watches and luxury jewelry.The Piaget family name was trademarked in 1943 and a large manufacturing facility was established in La Côte-aux-Fées. There they would perfect one of their signatures: ultra-thin movements. Valentin urged his design team to “do what has never been done before.” In 1959, the Salon Piaget was opened in Geneva, where Piaget also set up workshops for goldsmithing and gem setting, introducing the company’s inaugural jewelry creations and establishing a creative hub where artisans were encouraged to push the boundaries of their designs. In 1963, Piaget released its first collection of watches with ornamental stones set into their dials (the brand's stone-dial watches are undeniable classics of watchmaking).These artful creations caught the eye of such storied tastemakers as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol and Sophia Loren. In 1967, Yves Piaget collaborated with Salvador Dalí on a collection with pieces featuring the Dalí d’Or gold medals of the artist and his wife, Gala. Gala would also inspire the 1973 Limelight Gala timepiece and the subsequent collection. Luxury jewelry designed by the company’s artisans have often cleverly reflected Piaget’s watchmaking origins, like the Possession collection, whose swinging pendants and turning rings nod to the movement of its watches. The Rose and Sunlight collections of bracelets, earrings and necklaces, meanwhile, reflect natural themes with a bit of Art Deco style. Piaget’s watches, likewise, have embodied an inventive approach to design, such as the Piaget Polo watch, which was introduced in 1979, popular for its luxurious refinement and widely imitated in the 1980s.In 2001, the Piaget Haute Horlogerie was opened outside of Geneva, a facility that advanced its work in watchmaking and jewelry. The Swiss luxury watchmaker and jeweler now operates as part of the Richemont Group.Browse a collection of authentic Piaget rings, necklaces, watches and other jewelry on 1stDibs.
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