Piaget’s 2016 presentation saw just four new pieces, unveiled including a high jewellery, diamond-set version of its innovative ultra-thin 900 and slinky, precious metal Milanese mesh bracelet for its glamorous Limelight Gala.
The Limelight collection was also joined by an elegant new moonphase model, a complication that will be everywhere in 2016. The moonphase disc of the Limelight Stella is flanked on either side by a swathe of diamonds, resembling the neckline of a haute couture dress and earning it a place on the red carpet of any gala event.
But Piaget’s hero piece was as surprising as anything on offer at SIHH 2016. The Emperador Coussin XL 700P marks the 40th anniversary of Piaget’s first in-house quartz movement, the 7P, in 1976 with a watch that uses quartz to regulate the timekeeping of a mechanical movement, much like Seiko’s famed Spring Drive. The Emperador Coussin case shape, guilloched micro-rotor and ADLC-treated black bezel ensures the two-handed timepiece has more than enough of Piaget’s trademark debonair charm.