Beauty Icons

PORTFOLIO Magazine|May - June 2020

Beauty Icons
Behind every great tale comes great craftsmanship, making these timepieces more than just pretty accessories
Katherine Arteche

Piaget Limelight Gala

Piaget’s Limelight Gala is among the maison’s iconic timepieces, having been worn by style icons from Jackie Kennedy to Elizabeth Taylor, from A-list heartthrob Cary Grant to the multitalented Sammy Davis Jr. It wasn’t every day that a luxury brand would be rendered as an icon for old Hollywood glamor, where even eccentric artists such as Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol were enamored with Piaget.

Much was attributed to the audacious style of Piaget’s early timepieces that sported ornamental stone in their dials. The design lent not only color but also injected new material that set the watches apart from the rest. The bracelets were thin and the design was minimal, and soon after, Piaget’s association with “beautiful people” became the haute ideal.

The Limelight Gala has been transformed and reinterpreted with many different styles, so much so that Jackie Kennedy embodied a design as her own, specifically the 18k yellow gold timepiece with a jade dial and diamond- and tourmaline-set bezel.

Today, the collection stays true to its ornate dial, full-gold bracelet and precious gemstone settings. New additions include a royal blue enamel dial that’s surrounded by a graceful arrangement of diamonds and sapphires set with the outstanding Serti Descendu technique.

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