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In the 1960s and '70s Piaget made adventurous eye-catching creations that blurred the lines between jewelry and watches and attracted style icons of era. Jackie Kennedy had a sumptuous Piaget timepiece with a jade dial surrounded by diamonds and emeralds on a textured solid gold bracelet. And Elizabeth Taylor’s legendary jewel box included a couple of Piaget watches. One featured a lyrical array of textured gold loops surrounding a green hardstone watch dial.
To celebrate its 140th anniversary, Piaget has made a splashy new collection of more than 150 one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the jet-set days called Extremely Piaget. “We wanted to revive this creative energy using signatures of the time, but without duplicating the past,” says Piaget’s creative director Jean-Bernard Forot.
The signature elements in the Extremely Colorful portion of the collection include textured gold, richly saturated gemstones and striking silhouettes. The jewels—like the rose gold and turquoise wonder in the photo top right—at once conjure up the glory days and seem totally contemporary. The audacious piece worn by Jessica Chastain with a fiery Dior dress at the opening of the Piaget’s new Beverly Hills boutique last week (above, left) has loops of gold that dip down her front ending in a pendant of turquoise highlighted with over 10-carats of diamonds.
Another facet of the collection called Extremely Sparkling has all-diamond pieces. The jewels give a nod to history with clusters of diamond shapes that were popular in the 1960s like the canoe shaped marquise diamond or the tear-drop pear-shape diamond. There are also distinctly fresh silhouettes such as an elaborate ear cuff that adds sparkle all over an earlobe. Kate Bosworth added an Extremely Sparkling set to her white hot Alexandre Vauthier gown at the Hammer Museum Gala on Sunday (below). The earring and ring she chose both twinkled with marquise shape stones and her bracelet formed an elegant V dipping down on her palm with a pear shape diamond drop.
As for what’s next with Piaget after this astounding collection, Forot is not revealing the details, “At Piaget we are fortunate to have a rich heritage and archives that are filled with incredible designs; these will be a continual source of inspiration for the brand and future jewelry and timepiece collections.”
We can only hope to see more of the rare creations like the gold, jade and diamond watch (below)—a highlight from Extremely Piaget.