The Gouverneur takes the stage
Balanced shapes meet Haute Horlogerie in a fascinating
The Watch Quote™ - February 2nd, 2012
The new Gouverneur line is a concentrated blend of the skills and history of Piaget. Introduced within the Black Tie collection, it reveals an exceptional horological mechanism enhanced by powerful formal expression. It presents three mechanical variations through automatic, chronograph and tourbillon models, each available in diamond-set pink or white gold versions. This exclusive new classic range from the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget is also the story of two generations of designers, a father and his son.
Black Tie is first and foremost about elegant cases with a unique and distinctive design – Emperador, Emperador Coussin, Protocole, Rectangle à à l’Ancienne, and now Gouverneur –exclusively fitted with leather straps. Each of the models in the Black Tie collection features a remarkable level of decoration applied to the case, the movement and the dial. This degree of finishing is made possible by the in-house mastery encompassing not only the movements themselves, but also the production of original cases. The Black Tie collection not only showcases the Manufacture Piaget mechanical movements, but also distinguishes itself each year by incorporating most of the latest complications developed by the Manufacture.
Aesthetic balance and structured shapes
The Gouverneur watch features a cleverly structured aesthetic with round and oval shapes cleverly arranged to achieve a unique sense of visual equilibrium.
An oval shape nested in a round one and then a round shape nested in the oval: moving from the watch exterior to the dial centre, the Gouverneur watch displays this sophisticated, gentle and harmonious formal stylistic approach. A round case with an oval dial opening, and then a round circle in the centre of the dial: these superimposed shapes endow the Gouverneur with a unique character and immerse it within a formal architectural composition offering a wealth of subtle details and symbols.
Painters, sculptors and architects have long since worked on this manner of superimposing shapes while playing with the balance between round and oval forms. A symbol of perfection, of the absolute and of attraction, the circle gives rise to infinite interpretations and implies a sense of movement. The oval evokes more intimate associations such as the symbolism of renewal and protection. When these two shapes harmoniously echo each other in a perfectly balanced manner, the power of the resulting object is undeniable. Countless artists have experienced this and the history of art is full of formal creations drawing their strength from this equilibrium.
The traditional expertise and cutting-edge technologies cultivated within the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget are devoted to serving an exceptional formal design code. This propels the Gouverneur line into a whole new dimension, that of Art with its numerous references that have clearly inspired the in-house designers.
These fields of artistic inspiration have been explored through two pairs of eyes, since the Piaget Gouverneur stems from the passing on of skill and knowledge between two generations of designers: the father who designed all the form models in the Black Tie collection; and the son who has designed the dial of this variation, thereby anchoring it firmly in the present and translating this formal vocabulary into a truly timeless language. The balance thus stems from these exceptional exchanges between two generations that endow the new Gouverneur by Piaget with its truly ageless aesthetic.
The new Gouverneur by Piaget is a unique watch that draws authentic aesthetic strength from the circle while exuding a sense of subtle discretion accentuated by the oval. An exclusive and unostentatious timepiece stemming from a deliberately adopted artistic slant.
The alchemy of twin fields of expertise
Proudly claiming its place within the Black Tie collection, the new Gouverneur line perfectly embodies the twin fields of know-how of the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget: movement-making and case-making expertise.
An authentic movement manufacturer
The Gouverneur line comes in a range of three models housing mechanical Manufacture Piaget movements, including two new ultra-thin calibres that are an integral part of the brand DNA. The Gouverneur Automatic Calendar watch beats to the rhythm of Manufacture Piaget Calibre 800P; the Gouverneur Chronograph is equipped with the new 882P movement; while the Gouverneur Tourbillon model houses the new 642P movement.
This Gouverneur line has been given an added touch of refinement through the oscillating weights stamped with the Piaget crest and available in two shades in order to guarantee perfect aesthetic harmony.
The white gold models come with a black oscillating weight reflecting the black lining of the strap; while the pink gold models reveal a gold-toned oscillating weight perfectly matching the colour of the case.
These three calibres were all designed, developed and produced by the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget.