Piaget Limelight Gala, Edition 2021

During this year’s Watches & Wonders digital event, Piaget launched six spectacular Piaget Limelight Gala Limited Editions. These creations combine high watchmaking and high jewellery.

Piaget Limelight Gala was first unveiled in the seventies with a now-iconic design incorporating sensual lines, a cambered case, and asymmetrical lugs. Almost half a century later and the Limelight Gala continues to turn heads with its perfectly integrated gold case and bracelet, and lugs adorned with exquisite gemstones.

The name of the collection was inspired by the Piaget Society and its fabulous parties with film stars, artists, clients, and friends of the Maison who shared a certain art de vivre. Celebrities such as Salvador Dali, Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, Cary Grant, and Sami Davis Jr., would join Piaget for these unforgettable moments together.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Limited Editions

This year Piaget presents three delightful new coloured Limelight Gala Precious timepieces in blue, yellow, and pink. The three colours follow the course of the sun throughout the day, with blue for the morning sky, yellow representing the sun at its zenith, and pink depicting the glow of the setting sun.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Limited Editions 2021

Each model is adorned with a flowing gradient of coloured sapphires and diamonds that start in intense hues around the bezel and gently lighten as they reach the tips of the lugs.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise

Finding the exact shade and size of sapphire is an art in itself as Piaget’s gemmologists sift through countless stones to be able to create a seamless swirl of colour with the perfect transition from gemstone to gemstone. Each model is powered by the automatic movement, Piaget’s Calibre 501P1.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise watch

The Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise comes in a 32mm 18K white gold case and bezel set with 32 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (approx. 4.70 cts.) and 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.90 ct.) that evoke the bright blue colour of a sunny morning sky. The dial is created with a snow setting of diamonds (289 in total, with approx. 1.76 cts.) that magnifies the reflections and refractions of light thanks to a glorious mix of different- sized gemstones.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise automatic watch

The 18K white gold bracelet is also a work of art in itself thanks to its incredible suppleness and Palace Decor that is one of the Maison’s signature motifs. It takes one of Piaget’s artisans over eight hours to complete one bracelet.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise watch case back view

The Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise watch is limited to 18 pieces.

Technical details

Model: Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise, G0A46183

  • Diameter: 32mm
  • Watch in 18K white gold
  • Bezel set with 32 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (approx. 4.70cts) and 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.90ct)
  • Snow-set dial paved with 289 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.76cts)
  • Piaget manufacture self-winding mechanical movement (501P1)
  • Functions: hours and minutes
  • Sapphire case-back
  • 18K white gold bracelet engraved with Palace Décor and with integrated scale clasp
  • Limited to18 pieces

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Zenith

The brightness of the sun as it reaches its zenith comes to life in Piaget’s Limelight Gala Precious Zenith. An array of yellow sapphires and diamonds evoke all the dazzle and splendour from the midday sun.

Housed in a 32mm 18K white gold case, a gradient of sunny yellow gemstones circles the bezel with 32 brilliant-cut yellow sapphires (approx. 4.70 cts.) transitioning to 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.90 ct.), starting with the deepest yellow in the centre and radiating out along the lugs.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Zenith watch

The dial features a snow setting of diamonds for maximum sparkle (289 in total, with approx. 1.76 cts.) and a high jewellery bracelet continues the colour scheme in a river of diamonds and yellow sapphires that are set in such a way that the bracelet feels like a second skin on the wrist. The bracelet includes 124 brilliant-cut yellow sapphires (approx. 4.58 cts.) and 276 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 9.95 cts.).

The Limelight Gala Precious Zenith watch is limited to 8 pieces.

Technical details

Model: Limelight Gala Precious Zenith, G0A46189

  • Diameter: 32mm
  • Watch in 18K white gold
  • Bezel set with 32 brilliant-cut yellow sapphires (approx. 4.70cts) and 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.90ct)
  • Snow-set dial paved with 289 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.76cts)
  • Piaget manufacture self-winding mechanical movement (501P1)
  • Functions: hours and minutes
  • Sapphire case-back
  • 18K white gold bracelet set with 124 brilliant-cut yellow and sapphires (approx. 4.58cts) and 276 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 9.95cts)
  • Limited to 8 pieces

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sunset

This timepiece is housed in a 32mm 18K rose gold case with a bezel of 32 brilliant-cut pink sapphires (approx. 4.70 cts.) transitioning to 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.90 cts.). This array of pink gemstones swirls around an elegant white mother-of-pearl dial whose pearl effect shimmers in the light.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sunset watch

The Limelight Gala Precious Sunset is fitted with a white satin strap and an 18K rose gold ardillon buckle that is set with 15 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.06 ct.).

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sunset automatic watch

The Limelight Gala Precious Sunset watch is limited to 50 pieces. The watch is equipped with a manufacture self-winding, which is visible through the sapphire crystal back.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Sunset

Technical details

Model: Limelight Gala Precious Sunset, G0A46182

  • Diameter: 32mm
  • Watch in 18K rose gold
  • Bezel set with 32 brilliant-cut pink sapphires (approx. 4.70cts) and 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.90ct)
  • White Mother-of-Pearl dial
  • Piaget manufacture self-winding mechanical movement (501P1)
  • Functions: hours and minutes
  • Sapphire case-back
  • White satin strap with an 18K rose gold ardillon buckle, set with 15 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.06ct)
  • Limited to 50 pieces

Piaget Limelight Gala High Jewellery Black Opal

This exquisite high-jewellery wristwatch features a rare black opal dial from Australia.

The sensual curves of the Limelight Gala are accentuated by a row of 91 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 5.28 cts.) that circle the bezel, lugs, and bracelet. Piaget has added a spectacular row of 83 marquise-cut emeralds (approx. TBC) to this line of sparkling diamonds, creating a sense of movement across the timepiece, and bringing out the deep green hues of the opal dial.

Piaget Limelight Gala High Jewellery Black Opal watch

The marquise cut was named after the French Marquise de Pompadour for whom Louis XV had created a specific gem-cut in the shape of her lips. Since the 1960s, Piaget has often worked with this feminine and sensual cut to accentuate the femininity of its creations.

Piaget Limelight Gala High Jewellery Black Opal watch gemsetting

Each marquise-cut gemstone is held in place by a delicate claw-setting that testifies to Piaget’s extraordinary high-jewellery expertise. The timepiece is powered by the Maison’s 56P quartz movement.

Piaget Limelight Gala High Jewellery Black Opal watch

One of Yves Piaget’s favourite ornamental stones, the black opal offers a unique crystallographic pattern creating glorious blue and green hues that change with the light and vividly illustrate the richness of the earth.

Technical details

Model: Limelight Gala High-Jewellery, G0A46172

  • Diameter: 36x28mm
  • Watch in 18K white gold
  • Bezel, lugs and bracelet set with one row of 83 marquise-cut emeralds (approx. 8.18cts) and one row of 91 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 5.25cts)
  • Dial with black opal from Australia
  • Piaget manufacture quartz movement (56P)
  • Functions: hours and minutes

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow

For the very first time in its history, Piaget has created a rainbow setting with a spectacular array of green tsavorites and coloured sapphires that range from red, orange, yellow, blue, indigo and violet, taking centre stage around the bezel and on the lugs.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow watch

Sourcing progressively-sized, coloured gemstones of this calibre is extremely challenging. Piaget’s gemmologists searched long and hard for the exact colours, carat, cut, and clarity, explaining why the series is numbered and limited.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow

The setting of this piece also demanded particular patience and expertise from the Maison’s gem-setters who needed to create the perfect colour and size transition from one gemstone to the next using an intricate technique called “Sertie Descendu” that magnifies the brilliance of each gemstone.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow automaticwatch

The automatic Limelight Gala 18K rose gold comes in a 32mm case, with a matching dial and the bracelet that have both been decorated with Piaget’s signature Palace decoration. This timepiece is the perfect fusion of the Maison’s expertise in watchmaking, goldsmithing and gem-setting.

Piaget Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow watch case back view

Piaget is one of the few remaining Maisons that has the savoir-faire to craft 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 adorn its hand-made gold bracelets, such as leather design, ocean waves, frost, flowers, foliage, bark, snake scales and many more.

Technical details

Model: Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow, G0A46188

  • Diameter: 32mm
  • Watch in 18K rose gold
  • Bezel set with 5 brilliant-cut green tsavorites (approx. 0.91ct) and 37 brilliant-cut coloured sapphires ranging from red to orange, yellow, blue, indigo and violet (approx. 7.90cts)
  • 18K rose gold dial engraved with Palace Décor
  • Piaget manufacture self-winding mechanical movement (501P1)
  • Functions: hours and minutes
  • Sapphire case-back
  • 18K rose gold bracelet engraved with Palace Décor and with integrated scale clasp
  • Numbered edition

Piaget Limelight Gala Mother-of-Pearl Palace

The Limelight Gala Mother-of-Pearl Palace timepiece is housed in a 26 mm 18K rose gold case adorned with the finest quality diamonds and features a mother-of-pearl dial that has been delicately engraved with the same Palace Decor motifs.

Piaget Limelight Gala Mother-of-Pearl Palace

As the engraving is done by hand, each dial is unique. This Limelight Gala model is limited to 300 pieces and comes on a white alligator strap.

Technical details

Model: Limelight Gala Mother-of-Pearl Palace, G0A46151

  • Diameter: 26mm
  • Watch in 18K rose gold
  • Bezel set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.92ct)
  • Hand-engraved mother-of-pearl dial with Palace Décor
  • Piaget manufacture quartz movement (59P)
  • Functions: hours and minutes
  • White alligator strap with an 18K rose gold ardillon buckle, set with one brilliant-cut diamond (approx.0.01ct)
  • Limited to 300 pieces