It was first unveiled in the seventies with a now-iconic design incorporating sensual lines, a cambered case, and asymmetrical lugs. Almost half a century later and the Limelight Gala continues to turn heads with its perfectly integrated gold case and bracelet, and lugs adorned with exquisite gemstones.
The name of the collection was inspired by the Piaget Society and its fabulous parties with film stars, artists, clients, and friends of the Maison who shared a certain art de vivre. Celebrities such as Salvador Dali, Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, Cary Grant, and Sami Davis Jr., would join Piaget for these unforgettable moments together.
Three delightful new coloured Limelight Gala Precious timepieces are being presented in blue, yellow, and pink. The three colours follow the course of the sun throughout the day, with blue for the morning sky, yellow representing the sun at its zenith, and pink depicting the glow of the setting sun. Each model is adorned with a flowing gradient of coloured sapphires and diamonds that start in intense hues around the bezel and gently lighten as they reach the tips of the lugs.
Finding the exact shade and size of sapphire is an art in itself as Piaget’s gemologists sift through countless stones to be able to create a seamless swirl of colour with the perfect transition from gemstone to gemstone. Each model is powered by the automatic movement, Piaget’s Calibre 501P1.
Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise
The Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise comes in a 32mm 18K white gold case and bezel set with 32 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (approx. 4.70 cts.) and 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.90 ct.) that evoke the bright blue colour of a sunny morning sky.
The dial is created with a snow setting of diamonds (289 in total, with approx. 1.76 cts.) that magnifies the reflections and refractions of light thanks to a glorious mix of different-sized gemstones. The Limelight Gala Precious Sunrise is limited to 18 Pieces.
Limelight Gala Precious Zenith
The brightness of the sun as it reaches its zenith comes to life in Piaget’s Limelight Gala Precious Zenith. An array of yellow sapphires and diamonds evoke all the dazzle and splendour from the midday sun.
Housed in a 32mm 18K white gold case, a gradient of sunny yellow gemstones circles the bezel with 32 brilliant-cut yellow sapphires (approx. 4.70 cts.) transitioning to 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.90 ct.), starting with the deepest yellow in the centre and radiating out along the lugs.
The dial features a snow setting of diamonds for maximum sparkle (289 in total, with approx. 1.76 cts.) and a highjewellery bracelet continues the colour scheme in a river of diamonds and yellow sapphires that are set in such a way that the bracelet feels like a second skin on the wrist. The bracelet includes 124 brilliant-cut yellow sapphires (approx. 4.58 cts.) and 276 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 9.95 cts.). The Limelight Gala Precious Zenith is limited to 8 pieces.
Limelight Gala Precious Sunset
Completing this trilogy of colours, the Limelight Gala Precious Sunset glows in shades of warm pink in celebration of the sun as it sets in the evening sky.
The timepiece is housed in a 32mm 18K rose gold case with a bezel of 32 brilliant-cut pink sapphires (approx. 4.70 cts.) transitioning to 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.90 cts.). This array of pink gemstones swirls around an elegant white mother-of-pearl dial whose pearl effect shimmers in the light. The Limelight Gala Precious Sunset is fitted with a white satin strap and an 18K rose gold ardillon buckle that is set with 15 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.06 ct.). The timepiece is limited to 50 pieces.
Limelight Gala High Jewellery Black Opal
Piaget’s Limelight Gala High Jewellery Black Opal has to be seen to be believed. This exquisite high-jewellery wristwatch features a rare black opal dial from Australia. One of Yves Piaget’s favourite ornamental stones, the black opal offers a unique crystallographic pattern creating glorious blue and green hues that change with the light and vividly illustrate the richness of the earth.
The sensual curves of the Limelight Gala are accentuated by a row of 91 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 5.28 cts.) that circle the bezel, lugs, and bracelet. Piaget has added a spectacular row of 83 marquise-cut emeralds (approx. TBC) to this line of sparkling diamonds, creating a sense of movement across the timepiece, and bringing out the deep green hues of the opal dial. The marquise cut was named after the French Marquise de Pompadour for whom Louis XV had created a specific gem-cut in the shape of her lips.
Since the 1960s, Piaget has often worked with this feminine and sensual cut to accentuate the femininity of its creations. Each marquise-cut gemstone is held in place by a delicate claw-setting that testifies to Piaget’s extraordinary high-jewellery expertise. The timepiece is powered by the Maison’s 56P quartz movement.
Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow
For the very first time in its history, Piaget has created a rainbow setting with a spectacular array of green tsavorites and coloured sapphires that range from red, orange, yellow, blue, indigo and violet, taking centre stage around the bezel and on the lugs. Sourcing progressively-sized, coloured gemstones of this calibre is extremely challenging. Piaget’s gemologists searched long and hard for the exact colours, carat, cut, and clarity, explaining why the series is numbered and limited.
The setting of this piece also demanded particular patience and expertise from the Maison’s gem-setters who needed to create the perfect colour and size transition from one gemstone to the next using an intricate technique called “Sertie Descendu” that magnifies the brilliance of each gemstone.
The automatic Limelight Gala 18K rose gold comes in a 32mm case, with a matching dial and the bracelet that have both been decorated with Piaget’s signature Palace decoration. This timepiece is the perfect fusion of the Maison’s expertise in watchmaking, goldsmithing and gem-setting.
Limelight Gala Mother-of-Pearl Palace
The Limelight Gala Mother-of-Pearl Palace timepiece is housed in a 26 mm 18K rose gold case adorned with the finest quality diamonds and features a mother-of-pearl dial that has been delicately engraved with the same Palace Decor motifs. As the engraving is done by hand, each dial is unique.
This Limelight Gala model is limited to 300 pieces and comes on a white alligator strap. Through its pursuit of masterful craftsmanship, the Maison has once again created emblems of daring excellence.