The new Piaget Limelight City (ref. G0A35153) looks like a breath of fresh air for the collection of ladies watches that seems to be terribly overloaded with high-jewelry models. Having the use of diamonds limited to only the ultra-thin bezel and the hour markers on its sunburst silver dial (which is actually quite modest if you compare it to the $62,000 version with three-times more brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the front side of the case and even the long lugs,) the new watch looks surprisingly restrained, while retaining its stunning refinement and elegance.
Like a number of other members of the Limelight collection, the Piaget Limelight City is presented in a vintage-styled cushion-shaped case. All the rage back in the 1930s, the shape somehow became less popular during the last couple of decades and is now mostly associated with deliberately archaic “tool” watches made by Panerai.
In fact, the Luminor and Radiomir models are associated with the shape to an extent where just about any cushion-shaped timekeeper is often considered a “rip-off” of the popular Swiss-based brand of Italian origin although back in the day the design was embraced by brands such as Omega that used to have a whole plethora of cushion-shaped timekeepers, and Rolex that even used the same wire-lugs design as Panerai; and there were hundreds more of brand names, most of whom are now long-dead and forgotten by everyone save the most die-hard collectors.
Being just ever so slightly biased towards this sort of exterior styling, I must admit that I am quite happy that the good old “cushion” is finally making its comeback for other watchmaking houses, too.
Available in rose gold (ref. G0A35153) and white gold versions, the case houses the well-known Piaget Calibre 524P ultra-thin manufacture movement, which is made solely in-house and also powers some models in their gorgeous Black Tie collection.
Also, I have a suspicion that this particular model was influenced by the last-year’s Patek Philippe Ladies First Chronograph (Ref. 7071R) that I didn’t like so much at that time, but, as time has passed, am now quite fond with (not that I am dreaming of getting one of these babies for myself, but I sort of get the idea of a “beautified tool watch” for a modern woman.)
With its case measuring only 39 millimeters in width and some 35 millimeters long (without lugs), the watch looks quite massive, but not terribly so.
According to the company, the case’s round bezel is set with sixty brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 0.8 carats. Fifty five smaller diamonds adorn 11 hour rose gold applied indexes. There is also a chunkier 0.1-carat diamond embellishing the winding crown.
All in all, the Piaget Limelight City is one of those rare examples that look very balanced and, surprisingly, not oversaturated with precious stones and decoration. Certainly a must-have ultra-luxury accessory if you can afford one.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
See also: Delaneau Amazone Blueberries 1608
Piaget Limelight City (ref. G0A35153) automatic ladies watch specification
Price: $34,000 (MSRP, rose gold version)
Movement: Piaget Calibre 524P, automatic, ultra-thin, in-house, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: 18-carat Rose gold, set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds (total 0.8 carats)
Bezel material: 18-carat Rose gold
Crown: Matches case, set with a brilliant-cut diamond
Bezel shape: Cushion
Case size: 39.00 mm x 35.00 mm
Case height: No data
Dial: Silver, sunburst finish
Hour markers: 50 brilliant-cut diamonds
Hands: Rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Hand-stitched brown alligator leather strap with an 18-carat pink gold pin buckle, set with 17 brilliant-cut diamonds
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire, antireflective