Piaget Limelight Gala, New Edition 2020

The new Piaget Limelight Gala was inspired by an iconic model created in 1973 when the famous Piaget Society was in full swing. Celebrities, artists, clients, and friends of the Maison would get together for the most fabulous parties, gathering stars such as Salvador Dali, Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, Cary Grant and Sami Davis Jr. As vibrant today as it was in the 1970s, the Piaget Society continues to unite a creative, curious, and intelligent set of people who share a certain art de vivre.

Piaget Patrimony model 1973 - Inspiration for the new Limelight Gala Collection
Piaget Patrimony model 1973 – Inspiration for the new Limelight Gala Collection

Piaget’s Limelight Gala was inspired by the elegant spirit of the 1960s, with its sensual curves, cambered case and asymmetrical lugs that extend from each side of the case onto the bracelet. The modern interpretation of the Limelight Gala reproduces the same design with a perfectly integrated case and lugs that are combined with a swirl of exquisite gemstones, ornate dials, and sumptuous gold bracelets.

New editions for 2020

This year, Piaget is presenting new Limelight Gala timepieces in celebration of these iconic creations that dates back to more than half a century. Each piece follows Piaget’s four pillars of excellence: The Art of Movement, The Art of Gold, The Art of Colour and The Art of Light.

The Art of Gold

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sapphire Gradient (Ref. G0A45163)

Shimmering in the light, this new Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sapphire Gradient (Ref. G0A45163) celebrates the signature design of the Limelight Gala collection with a hand-engraved gold bracelet and dial that are highlighted by 20 large diamonds (approx. 1.46 cts) and 22 blue sapphires (approx. 4.01 cts) set in a subtle gradient of blue.

Piaget is one of the few remaining Maisons that has the savoir-faire to make hand-made gold bracelets. This rare traditional craft started in the 1960s and became hugely popular thanks to Piaget’s bold creations. Mainly inspired by nature, Piaget has used over one hundred different life-like motifs to craft its hand-made gold bracelets, such as leather design, ocean waves, frost, flowers, foliage, bark, snake scales and many more.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sapphire Gradient (Ref. G0A45163)
Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sapphire Gradient (Ref. G0A45163)

The white gold bracelet featured on this new timepiece is hand-engraved in the Palace Décor style, one of Piaget’s most iconic motifs, which requires eight hours of work.

The dial is also made of white gold and is engraved using the same Palace Décor technique. It takes two hours to complete the engraving on the dial and it is always carried out by the same engraver who decorates the bracelet to ensure a uniform design. To let the Décor shine through, the dial is covered in translucent blue enamel. It is oven-fired multiple times at a temperature over 800°C, giving this technique the name of “Grand Feu” Enamel.

Finding the perfect colour gemstones for this timepiece was also one of the most challenging operations. It involved sampling large quantities of gemstones to ensure the perfect colour match, a task made even more complex given the large progressive size of the stones and the high gem quality standards of the Maison. To magnify the brilliance of the stones, Piaget’s gem-setters have expertly set the gemstones by hand, using the Serti Descendu technique.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sapphire Gradient (G0A45363)
Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sapphire Gradient (G0A45363)

This timepiece is so unique that it is a numbered edition. There is also a similar version (Ref. G0A45363) with a mother-of-pearl dial and a dark-blue alligator strap, limited to 88 pieces.

The Art of Light

Piaget Haute-Joaillerie Limelight Gala: Ref. G0A45161/Ref. G0A45170/Ref. G0A45171/Ref. G0A45168

For over 140 years, the Maison’s artisans have been creating high-jewellery masterpi/eces by combining precious metals with flawless gemstones and innovative design.

A new rose gold version, (Ref. G0A45161) also using the Serti Descendu technique to set the 57 diamonds (approx. 4.80 cts), is available with a burgundy-coloured strap and a delicate mother-of-pearl dial of exceptional quality. It is extremely white in colour, with beautiful reflections, which attests of its high quality.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Rose Gold (G0A45161)
Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Rose Gold (G0A45161)

Three new Haute-Joaillerie Limelight Gala timepieces join the collection this year with stunning oval dials paved with snow-set diamonds, and a captivating setting of marquise-cut gemstones on the bezel, lugs and bracelet.

The marquise cut is an important part of Piaget’s history. As legend has it, France’s King Louis XV asked to cut a diamond in honour of the smile of his beloved Marquise de Pompadour. The resulting diamond let the light shine in from the very centre of the gemstone, giving it a unique radiance. This unique cut became a signature for the Maison.

Piaget Limelight Gala High-Jewellery (G0A45171)
Piaget Limelight Gala High-Jewellery (G0A45171)

The three new High Jewellery timepieces come in a 28 by 23mm case. One model adorned with a fully-paved bracelet set with 364 brilliant- and marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 12.42 cts, Ref. G0A45170), a second one set with both diamonds and blue sapphires (Ref. G0A45171), and the third one set with 237 diamonds and fitted with an elegant blue satin strap (Ref. G0A45168).

The Art of Colour

Piaget Limelight Gala Aventurine: Ref. G0A45162/Ref. G0A45152/Ref. G0A45180

Three new aventurine glass models join the Limelight Gala collection, showcasing the brand’s love for the celestial sky above our heads. Each dial is crafted from aventurine glass.

Piaget Limelight Gala Aventurine Glass (G0A45162)
Piaget Limelight Gala Aventurine Glass (G0A45162)

There are two Limelight Gala Aventurine Glass Dial models: a 32mm case (Ref. G0A45162) adorned with 63 diamonds (approx. 1.76 ct) and a smaller 26mm case version (Ref. G0A45152) with 57 diamonds (approx. 0.87 ct), both limited to 300 pieces each.

Piaget Limelight Gala Aventurine Glass (G0A45152)
Piaget Limelight Gala Aventurine Glass (G0A45152)

Another model, the Limelight Gala Precious Aventurine Glass Dial (Ref. G0A45180), is set with 57 diamonds (approx. 4.80 cts) using the Serti Descendu technique and limited to 200 pieces.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Aventurine Glass (G0A45180)
Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Aventurine Glass (G0A45180)

Piaget Limelight Gala High Jewellery Black Opal (Ref. G0A45007)

This stunning one-of-a-kind high-jewellery creation (Ref. G0A45007) features a dial fitted with a rare and precious black opal. Black opals are fascinating as they reflect a myriad of bright colours when they catch the light, such as yellow, green, blue, orange and red. The colours depend on the structure of the stone, and also the angle and brightness of the light, frequently changing before our eyes.

Piaget Limelight Gala High Jewellery Black Opal (Ref. G0A45007)

Black opals are only found in Australia and Ethiopia, making them particularly rare. Australian black opals were first found in the 19th century, where Ethiopian stones were only discovered around 15 years ago. In the present case from Australia, Piaget kept this rare and extraordinary opal for five years and waited for the perfect creation to host it.

The Limelight Gala High Jewellery Black Opal highlights its black opal with the addition of 86 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (approx. 5.51 cts) and a colourful array of marquise-cut coloured gemstones that start with 58 sapphires (approx. 6.23 cts), first yellow followed with orange and 14 pink rubies (approx. 1.41 cts) in a progressive gradient of colours to create a jewel that celebrates the best of the Earth’s treasures.

Technical details

Collection: Piaget Limelight Gala

Model: Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sapphire Gradient (G0A45163)

– Diameter: 32 mm
– Watch in 18K white gold
– Bezel set with 20 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.46 cts) and a fade of 22 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (approx. 4.01 cts) with openwork technique
– 18K white gold dial engraved with Palace Décor and covered in blue enamel
– Piaget manufacture quartz movement (690P)
– Functions: hours and minutes
– 18K white gold bracelet engraved with Palace Décor and with integrated scale clasp

Model: Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sapphire Gradient (G0A45363)

– Diameter: 32 mm
– Watch in 18K white gold
– Bezel set with 20 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.46 cts) and a fade o f 22 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (approx. 4.01 cts) with openwork technique
– White mother-of-pearl dial
– Piaget manufacture quartz movement (690P)
– Functions: hours and minutes
– Dark blue shiny alligator strap with an 18K white gold ardillon buckle set with 15 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.06 ct)

Model: Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Rose Gold (G0A45161)

– Diameter: 32 mm
– Watch in 18K rose gold
– Bezel set with 42 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 4.74 cts) with openwork technique
– White mother-of-pearl dial
– Piaget manufacture quartz movement (690P)
– Functions: hours and minutes
– Burgundy shiny alligator strap with an 18K rose gold ardillon buckle set with 15 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.06 ct)

Model: Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Aventurine Glass (G0A45180)

– Diameter: 32 mm
– Watch in 18K white gold
– Bezel set with 42 brilliant- cut diamonds (approx. 4.74 cts) with openwork technique
– Aventurine glass dial
– Piaget manufacture quartz movement (690P)
– Functions: hours and minutes
– Dark blue shiny alligator strap with an 18K white gold ardillon buckle set with 15 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.06 ct)

Model: Piaget Limelight Gala Aventurine Glass (G0A45162)

– Diameter: 32 mm
– Watch in 18K white gold
– Bezel set with 62 brilliant- cut diamonds (approx. 1.75 cts)
– Aventurine glass dial
– Piaget manufacture quartz movement (690P)
– Functions: hours and minutes
– Dark blue shiny alligator strap wit h an 18K white gold ardillon buckle set with 1 brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.01 ct)

Model: Piaget Limelight Gala Aventurine Glass (G0A45152)

– Diameter: 26 mm
– Watch in 18K white gold
– Bezel set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.92 ct)
– Aventurine glass dial
– Piaget manufacture quartz movement (59P)
– Functions: hours and minutes
– Dark blue shiny alligator strap wit h an 18K white gold ardillon buckle set with 1 brilliant- cut diamond (approx. 0.01 ct)

Model: Piaget Limelight Gala High-Jewellery (G0A45168)

– Diameter: 23x28mm
– Watch in 18K white gold
– Bezel and lugs set with 32 marquise- cut diamonds (approx. 4.00 cts)
– Dial paved with 190 brilliant- cut diamonds (approx. 0.70 cts) using the snow-set technique
– Piaget manufacture quartz movement (56P)
– Functions: hours and minutes
– Dark blue satin strap with ardillon buckle set with 15 brilliant- cut diamonds (approx .
0.06 ct)

Model: Piaget Limelight Gala High-Jewellery (G0A45170)

– Diameter: 23x28mm
– Watch in 18K white gold
– Bezel and lugs set one row of 83 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 6.40 cts) and one row of 91 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 5.28 cts)
– Dial paved with 190 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.72 cts) using the snow-set technique
– Piaget manufacture quartz movement (56P)
– Functions: hours and minutes

Model: Piaget Limelight Gala High-Jewellery (G0A45171)

– Diameter: 23x28mm
– Watch in 18K white gold
– Bezel and lugs set one row of marquise-cut diamonds and one row of brilliant-cut diamonds
– Dial paved with brilliant-cut diamonds using the snow-set technique
– Piaget manufacture quartz movement (56P)
– Functions: hours and minutes

Model: Piaget Limelight Gala High-Jewellery Black Opale (G0A45007)

– Diameter: 23x28mm
– Watch in 18K white gold
– Bezel and lugs set with two rows of gem. The first one is set with 58 yellow to orange marquise- cut sapphires (approx. 6.23 cts) and 14 marquise-cut rubies (approx. 1.41 cts). The second row is set with 86 brilliant-cut sapphires (approx. 5.51 cts)
– Dial with black opal from Australia
– Piaget manufacture quartz movement (56P)
– Functions: hours and minutes