High jewellery, horology and design cues from nature have united in Audemars Piguet’s Haute Joaillerie collection since 2013.
Started in 2015, the Diamond trilogy – Diamond Punk, Diamond Fury and Diamond Outrage – was inspired by the wintery and rugged landscape of the Vallée de Joux, and combined traditional gem-setting techniques with unconventional design for a distinctive effect of elegance, strength and power.
This year’s unique creation pushes gem-setting craftsmanship to new heights. Named after the river that crosses Le Brassus, home of Audemars Piguet, Sapphire Orbe embodies a glittering river of diamonds and sapphires in graded hues of blue and orange, as night merges into day. The sapphire crystal dome can be turned manually to reveal its orange-sapphire dial.
This piece features more than 12,000 stones, each rigorously selected, individually cut and set by hand. The central petal-shaped rings are entirely snow-set with diamonds and graded sapphires in 6 graded shades of blue and orange, each in 20 different diameters ranging from 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm in size. Multifaceted, this piece offers a play of colour and light that changes depending on the perspective from which it is seen. It took approximately 1,050 hours to gem-set this piece.
In the domed centre nestles the 2 cm dark blue sapphire-set globe which, when inverted, reveals the watch’s 18-carat white gold dial paved with graded orange sapphires. This spherical case houses a tiny quartz calibre. The bracelet is made of articulated diamond-set components, for maximum flexibility and comfort.
The inside rings are covered with graded blue sapphires and brilliant-cut diamonds. More than 12,000 stones are rigorously selected and set by hand. This piece combines a wide array of diamonds and sapphires in orange and blue hues. The dial is paved with graded orange sapphires.
Collection: HAUTE JOAILLERIE
Model: Audemars Piguet Sapphire Orbe
Hours and minutes
18-carat white gold case in shape of a sphere, entirely set with dark blue sapphires, surrounded by 18-carat white gold rings, set with diamonds, graded blue and orange sapphires, glare-proofed sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 20 m
Dimensions: 47.2 X 78 mm
18-carat white gold dial, entirely set with graded orange sapphires, white gold hands
2,794 brilliant-cut orange sapphires 15.14 carats
3,240 brilliant-cut blue sapphires 23.03 carats
6,069 brilliant-cut diamonds 27.93 carats
Total 12,103 stones 66.10 carats
Quartz Calibre 2710
Total diameter: 16.2 mm (7¼ lignes)
Total thickness: 1.9 mm
Number of jewels: 7
Frequency of the quartz: 32.768 Hz
Bracelet composed of 18-carat white gold elements, assembled together by hand and set with brilliant-cut diamonds, jewellery type clasp