Watch of the Week: 2016 Piaget Altiplano 38mm Marquetry Timepiece

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The watchmaker's latest ultra-thin design mingles artisan craftsmanship, fine materials (mother-of-pearl, spectacular woods), and feminine beauty with stunning results.

Now that the roses are in full bloom, there’s no better timepiece to pair with the season than Piaget’s all-new Altiplano ​38mm Marquetry timepiece, the latest addition to the brand’s collection of ultra thin designs.

Dominated by a gorgeous Yves Piaget rose at its center, the watch’s floral theme is more than a beautiful treatment, but representative of the brand’s heritage, as well: In 1982 Meilland rose-growing company named their award-winning bloom after the watch brand’s founder, and the intoxicating, 80-petal flower has remained a central motif throughout Piaget’s jewelry and watches ever since.

The dial of this particular style (the other they debuted for 2016 features gold engraving) is a masterful work of art and elegance, created by artisan Rose Saneuil using an ancient carving technique: First, hundreds of tiny pieces of wood and mother-of-pearl are cut and carved, and then each fragment is meticulously set into place to form the design. The wood used for the hue of the petals includes pale pink bird’s-eye maple and light red and pink sycamore, mixed with the white mother-of-pearl to achieve depth, dimension, and even shading. The 32mm dial consists of 96 elements, assembled piece by piece, and takes roughly 25 hours to complete. Created in a limited-edition of just 18 pieces, the timepiece, exclusive to Piaget boutiques, retails for $65,000. piaget.com

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