After an incredible high jewellery watch trilogy, at SIHH this year Audemars Piguet abandons winter’s spikes and hedges to embrace soft curves with its new Sapphire Orbe.
Audemars Piguet is a Manufacture who is not afraid to experiment and to embrace new design aesthetics.
It is a disruptive approach, which balances shapes, design and gem setting techniques in a surprising manner.
With its Diamond trilogy, which started in 2015 featuring the Diamond Fury, Diamond Punk and Diamond Outrage, Audemars Piguet privileged a sharp and edgy design. Aggressive and daring, these unique pieces describe a daring woman, who is not afraid of expressing her personality and her style in a very assertive and powerful way.
At this year SIHH, the Maison unveiled a new high jewellery watch, the Sapphire Orbe.
Sapphire Orbe is born out of an evocative vision, the one of the
A vision that translates into glittering curves which gently flow, just like the river, around the wrist, all set in diamonds and sapphires.
Sapphire Orbe is not only a watch but is a super jewel. It features more than 12,000 stones.
The central petal-shaped rings are entirely snow-set with diamonds and graded sapphires in six graded shades of blue and orange, each in twenty different
The play of light is mesmerising. It changes according to the perspective of view, recreating enchanting shades which recall the soft atmospheres of dusk and dawn.
A superb proof of savoir-faire which saw the light after approximately 1,050 hours of gem-setting work.
This high jewellery watch does not only surprise by its lines. It also has a great conversation starter, as at its centre a 2 cm dark blue sapphire-set globe comfortably lies.
Once inverted, this globe reveals the watch’s 18k white gold dial paved with graded orange sapphires.
Sapphire Orbe stands out for its architectural design, however, it is not rigid at all. In fact, its bracelet is made of articulated diamond-set components, for the ultimate comfort and flexibility.
Sapphire Orbe details
Case: 18k white gold in the shape of a sphere, entirely set with dark blue sapphires, surrounded by 18k white gold rings, set with diamonds, graded blue and orange sapphires, glare-proof sapphire crystal. Water resistant to 20 m.
Dial: 18k white gold dial, entirely set with graded orange sapphires, white gold hands.
Setting: 2,794 brilliant-cut orange sapphires (15.14 carats), 3,240 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (23.03 carats), 6,069 brilliant-cut diamonds (27.93 carats). Total of 12,103 stones for 66.10 carats.
Bracelet: bracelet composed of 18k white gold elements, assembled together by hand and set with brilliant-cut diamonds, jewellery type clasp.
Movement: quartz (calibre 2710) at 32.768 Hz