The Chinese Year of the Dragon will come upon us this weekend (or something like that) and numerous European jewelry- and watchmakers frantically rush to reveal their dragon-themed offerings. While most of them, while technically flawless, look decisively boring, this new Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif Dragon Piece Unique (Ref. G0A36545) easily
makes one drool draws attention to itself.
As one can easily guess, the watch is based on the well-known Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif model that was issued around four years ago.
Presented in an 18-carat white gold case, this unique (in all meanings of the word) watch features not only the inevitable 53 brilliant-cut diamonds that together total for about 2.4 carats, but is also decorated with precious Grand Feu enamel according to the champlevé technique.
Basically, this means that fragments of the body were stamped or carved, filled with vitreous enamel, put in an oven and then polished.
The result you can see on the photos below: the body of the watch indeed looks marvelous, including the hand-engraved dragon motif on its sides.
The timekeeper is powered by the in-house Piaget 608P hand-wound caliber. Sporting a pair of spring barrels, the movement offers a guaranteed power reserve of at least 68 hours (if fully wound.)
As usual, the movement is painstakingly decorated by hand sporting circular-grained plate and bridges, bevelled bridges and this sort of things.
Of course, the most visually attractive part of the watch is its face that, again, features a traditional Chinese dragon motif hand-engraved over a Grand Feu-enameled dial, as well as a flying tourbillon carriage, which is built into the oversized minute hand.
The only problem of this timekeeper is that the usual arrow on hour disk that pointed on a proper numeral on the chapter ring, in this particular case was replaced with a Chinese longevity symbol that, while certainly looking nice and authentic, does a very bad job when it comes to telling time.
By the way, thanks to the use of three titanium bridges, Piaget’s engineers have managed to keep the weight of the tourbillon carriage at just 0.2 grams. Terrific job!
Too bad that Piaget decided to limit it to just one unique piece.
There is no info regarding the timekeeper’s price, but there is a good chance that it will cost much more than half a million dollars.
By the way, here is a short promotional video that gives you the idea of how the Polo Tourbillon Relatif watches actually work and tell time. Enjoy!
Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif Dragon Piece Unique (Ref. G0A36545) hand-wound watch specification
Price: TBD, very expensive
Movement: Manual, Piaget 608P, 3.28 mm x 25.60 mm, double-barrel, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 27
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Movement decoration: Decorated by hand; Circular Cotes de Geneve, circular-grained plate and bridges, bevelled and hand-drawn bridges and carriage, engraved coat of arms, blued and polished screws on bridges
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds (flying tourbillon)
Power reserve: 68 hours
Case material: White gold, 18-carat
Bezel material: Matches case, set with 53 brilliant-cut diamonds (approximately 2.4 carats)
Crown material: Matches case, set with 19 brilliant-cut diamonds (around 0.06 carat)
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: No data
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Grand Feu enamel
Hour markers: White gold
Hands: White gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Grey alligator leather strap with 18-carat white gold folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective coating
Case back: Solid, engraved with a Chinese dragon ideogram