Dick Steenman, an artisan gifted with multiple talents and beneath whose nimble fingers the pink gold of the dial becomes the Piaget rose. The artist uses a scriber to outline the petals. Then comes a crucial stage in the engraver’s work due to the extreme thinness of the dial: namely “sculpting” each petal. The goal is to create a depth effect, given that the dial thickness has been reduced to the very limits of feasibility in keeping with the ultra-thin nature of this model. The surgically accurate gesture required to avoid piercing the precious metal is patiently repeated as the work begins to take shape. The result is a masterpiece of delicacy and sensuality that takes more than 30 hours of craftsmanship to achieve.
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