At SIHH 2011 the Swiss watch manufacture has presented its new Piaget Limelight Garden Party (refs. G0A36166 & G0A36165) quartz ladies watch crafted in 18-carat white gold and adorned with lots, lots of diamonds of different size and cut. While the brand is traditionally mostly associated with their ultra-thin mechanical wristwatches powered by high-grade mechanical movements that are often thinner than a coin of similar diameter, it looks like they are capable of making very compelling high-jewelry timekeepers as well.
It is Friday, 10:00 PM here right now as I am typing words for this small review article. It was a very hard week, I am positively running out of juice, but feel myself compelled to finish the tasks that I set for this long week (and, of course, I also liked this gorgeous piece of jewelry, so I think I’ll write this overview right now as my enthusiasm for this model is still fresh.) So let me be reasonably brief.
First presented in flesh this very week at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genéve, the new Piaget Limelight Garden Party ladies watch is going to be offered in two versions: both potentially extremely expensive and differing only in the color of “leafs” in their “garden” ornament.
While the model with reference number G0A36166 has them made of 10 marquise-cut emeralds with a total weight of 5.2 carats, the other (Ref. G0A36165) has the emeralds replaced with more neutral marquise-cut diamonds (10 pieces, approximately 4.8 cts.)
Like all objects of arts, they cater to different tastes, but I feel like the “monochromatic” version of the watch is more versatile since you don’t need to “color-match” it to other pieces of jewelry that you plan to wear and/or your clothing and other accessories. From where I stand, the ref. G0A36165 will perfectly match any other color.
Although, as I have already mentioned, Piaget is mostly associated with high-grade ultra-flat mechanical movements, they seem quite comfortable using inexpensive “Swiss Made” quartz calibers for their jewelry watches. This is quite alright in my opinion, since these watches are clearly not about high horology: their primary task is to look great on your delicate wrist and both watches seem to accomplish it with grace.
Telling time comes as a secondary function, and, if you try to apply such criteria as “readability”, they are not particularly good at it: after all, there are no hour markers, no seconds hand, basically nothing besides a pair of stubby hour and minute hands that can only give you a vague idea of time. But, again, the Limelight Garden Party is, first and foremost, a jewelry item, and it looks fantastic. So, if you like it, just get it and forget about such words as “legibility,” “usability” and the rest. Dixi.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 3/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Piaget Limelight Garden Party quartz ladies watch specification
Price: TBD, probably very expensive
Movement: Quartz, Caliber Piaget 56P, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: A couple of years
Case material: 18-carat white gold
Bezel material: 18-carat white gold
Case shape: Almond
Bezel shape: Almond
Case size: 26.50 mm x 17.10 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 6.70 mm
Dial: Diamond-paved, set with 76 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.3 cts)
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: 18-carat white gold folding clasp set with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.2 cts) on a black satin strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid