Earl Piaget Extraordinary Carved Watchmaking Craftsmania

The extraordinary craftsmanship and creativity have been deeply rooted in the genes of Piaget Piaget. Piaget has never been confined to a specific form of art, and even made exquisite watches with techniques that are rarely used in watchmaking. Talented sculptors work day and night to forge chain skills, show the pursuit of perfection in daily work, and show meticulous and superb results in their works.

Piaget Altiplano 38mm Baywatch (limited to 88 pieces)

Shell carving was born in the 18th century. It was originally an entertainment for whalers to spend time in the long and boring sea life. Shell carvings use whale and walrus teeth, as well as bones from different mammals, often with fishing scenes or book illustrations as patterns. Eighteenth-century sailors used needles for sewing sails, coal ash, or even tobacco juice to color and retouch sculptures. To this day, the essence of shell carving has not changed, and the precise and delicate techniques of the past are almost intact. Shell carving is a needle-type carving technique. The density of the carving materials must be extremely high and the surface smooth and flawless to draw fine lines. In order to protect endangered species, today’s engravers need to find other suitable new materials, and long-haired elephant ivory fossils have become an alternative to ivory and whale teeth. Such beautiful new materials can be traced back to 40,000 years.

Piaget Altiplano 38mm Baywatch (limited to 88 pieces)

Piaget specially invited the most prestigious artisans in the industry to add magnificent carvings to the dial. The veritable shell carving master Richard Maier used deep painting and sculpting knowledge to create an amazing ‘map of the world’ dial for Piaget. The map captures inspiration and leads us around the world again. The sculptor creates an arched effect on the dial surface. The ocean and the continent are gradually formed on the sphere, and then connected by fine dots to form a dotted line. effect. The ingenious details on the fascinating world map are extremely detailed and can only be carefully appreciated under the magnifying glass. From time to time during the process, the craftsman grinds the chisel pins and miniature engraving knifes with a diamond file to ensure accurate and fine lines. After finishing the dial engraving, the engraver gives the pattern life with ink, highlighting the delicate details and enhancing the contrast. Black ink penetrates the bottom of the engraved pattern to deepen the delicate strokes on the dial. The subtle light and shadow effects bring soft matte to the uninked engraved dots, making the map like painting on parchment. The Altiplano 38mm watch is available in rose or white gold with a world map on its dial, making it an absolute favorite for connoisseurs and collectors of extraordinary timepieces.
Metal carving
Another ‘metal micro-engraving’ technology was developed by an Italian engraver. Traditionally, this specialized craft was used to decorate daggers and hunting weapons, and its name is derived from the engraving tools used by Italian artisans. Because the micro-carving effect is extremely detailed, it can only be performed under a microscope and carved along points and lines. The effect is engraved by the craftsman with different strengths.
Piaget Piaget applied this technology to the Altiplano dial, praising its proud position. The metal micro-engraved horse pattern was first drawn on the gold dial with transparent paper and pencil to outline the original sketch. Using a microscope, the craftsman engraved the horse’s outline with a metal pointed needle on the gold dial, and then used metal micro-engraving technology to polish the horse’s glittering body part. The craftsman handles the horse’s dial with ingenuity, and the background pattern is carved with a diamond head chisel, making the composition particularly delicate and moving. The gray part of the horse must be micro-engraved at a 90-degree angle, and the deeper shadows are engraved at an 80-degree angle. The final finishing of the metal micro-engraving pattern is completed by craftsmen relying on icon magnification technology.

Piaget Altiplano 38mm metal micro-engraved watch (limited to 18 pieces)

The micro-carved steed pattern blooms with rich colors after undergoing an oxidation process. Then, the craftsman polished the work with wooden pins and sanding paste to add gloss. Finally, paint the surface with ink color, and then further polish the dial. Throughout the complex micro-carving process, the craftsman sometimes grinds the engraving tools with diamonds and ceramic discs to achieve sharp blades and precision comparable to scalpels. Such exquisite and magnificent craftsmanship is only displayed in the Piaget watch series. .