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Piaget – has the rare privilege of controlling the entire production process for its watches, from the initial design to the final finishes, from the movements to the cases and even the gold bracelets and with its two watchmaking and jewellery-making Manufactures, Piaget is well-equipped to take on the challenge. By bringing together over 40 specialised crafts under these two roofs, Piaget has equipped itself to carry the very boldest concepts to fruition, while at the same time maintaining full control over the exacting standards of quality it sets for its watches.
As an authentic watch Manufacture, Piaget designs, develops and builds all its mechanical movements in-house. Among the complication movements, the most difficult to master is the tourbillon regulator. For three solid years, watchmakers strove to create a movement reflecting Piaget’s unparallelled skills, and the multi-patented result is at once spectacular and beautiful to behold. Stemming from Piaget’s mastery of ultra-thin movements, but also from the company’s determination to consistently push the limits, Calibre 600P is the thinnest tourbillon movement in the world (a mere 3.5 millimetres). Its carriage is particularly sophisticated, composed of 42 miniscule parts, including three titanium bridges, and weighing in at just 0.2 grammes. The flying tourbillon, mounted on a single axis, is topped by the initial “P”, which adds to the complexity of the poising. To ensure maximum precision, the assembly and casing up of each 600P is entrusted to a single watchmaker.
With its rich vein of creativity, the Manufacture Piaget offers numerous opportunities for personalising watch creations and draws on the talents of the most ingenious artistic crafts. Its exceptional models require the contribution of only the very best craftsman, such as Anita Porchet, an internationally-acclaimed independent enameller. Combining different techniques to produce creations of great sophistication, Piaget thus contributes to the preservation of the artistic crafts that are so closely linked to the spirit of Fine Watchmaking. Enamel as a material is a glass compound to which metal oxides are added so as to obtain an infinite range of colours and tints. The “oven-fired” enamels used by Piaget reach their point of fusion at an extremely high temperature of more than 800°C, which gives them their exceptional purity and ensures their durability. Various techniques of enamelling are used such as cloisonné, champlevé, flinqué and miniature painting. The latter uses the all of the dexterity and sensitivity of the master enameller. Layer after layer, it gives life to an exceptional painting that will be protected from the ravages of time by a transparent glaze called fondant and made according to the Geneva technique. Hand in hand, the Manufacture Piaget’s creative teams and Anita Porchet work together to explore new techniques of enamelling in order to produce innovative special effects in a spirit of constantly renewed creativity.