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Piaget’s Astonishing Fusion of Watchmaking and Jewelry: Polo Emperador Skeleton Tourbillon

The latest gem-set Polo Emperador continues the brand's tradition of ultra-thin movements and is the opulent sibling of the non-gem-set Polo Emperador Tourbillon. ...

Piaget, a name synonymous with the pinnacle of watchmaking and high jewelry craftsmanship, has been setting industry standards since the late 1950s. Notably, the brand excels in two distinctive disciplines that not many can master. With a state-of-the-art watch manufacture located just outside of Geneva and a historic site in La Côte-aux-Fées, Piaget boasts the largest jewelry workshop in Geneva. Their latest creation, the Piaget Polo Emperador, seamlessly marries the worlds of Haute Horlogerie and Haute Joaillerie, featuring an ultra-thin gem-set automatic skeletonized flying tourbillon movement housed in a white gold case adorned with dazzling emeralds and fiery white diamonds.

Piaget’s mastery of ultra-thin movements found its roots in the La Côte-aux-Fées manufacture. The journey began with the introduction of the iconic manual-winding calibre 9P in 1957, followed by the groundbreaking calibre 12P in 1960, which was the world’s thinnest automatic movement at the time. The latest gem-set Polo Emperador continues the brand’s tradition of ultra-thin movements and is the opulent sibling of the non-gem-set Polo Emperador Tourbillon, showcasing the ultra-thin skeletonized 1270S calibre, considered one of the slimmest automatic skeletonized flying tourbillon movements. Three years ago, Piaget astounded the world with the Polo Emperador Skeleton Tourbillon, adorned with diamonds and sapphires on both the case and the movement.

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The inverted and skeletonized design of the 1207D calibre offers a captivating view of the automatic tourbillon movement from both sides of the case. Encircled by exquisite baguette-cut diamonds, the off-centered micro-rotor and tourbillon cage, crowned by the letter ‘P’ denoting the seconds, form a graceful figure eight. Positioned diagonally in the upper half of the dial, the hours and minutes, indicated by sleek black sword-shaped hands, playfully dance beneath the tourbillon.

The awe-inspiring Polo Emperador resides in a 49mm white gold case, measuring a mere 10.2mm in thickness. The case itself is a spectacle, adorned with 649 brilliant-cut diamonds, 92 baguette-cut diamonds, and 44 emeralds. Even the crown is not spared, being encrusted with eight baguette-cut diamonds and a brilliant-cut diamond on top. The meticulous artistry involved is astounding, requiring over 47 hours to set the movement and an additional 136 hours to embellish the case. Piaget’s master jewelers in their “Ateliers de l’Extraordinaire” jewelry workshops certainly had their work cut out for them.

To complement the vivid green emeralds gracing the case and movement, the stunning Piaget Polo Emperador Skeleton Tourbillon is elegantly fastened to the wrist with a vibrant green alligator strap and an 18k white gold diamond-set buckle. This masterpiece is available in limited numbers, and the price is available upon request.

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