Earl Counts The Extraordinary Fusion Of Watchmaking And Embroidery Techniques

Passing on the immortal skills, the Piaget Production Workshop continued to interpret the brand’s unique charm in extraordinary fields, using exquisite, exquisite, time-precipitating and extraordinary master craftsmanship to give it time and magic. At the Geneva International Haute Horlogerie Exhibition in 2013, Piaget once surprised four people with silk dial watches. The watch was decorated with gold thread embroidery, and the “jaseron” gold thread embroidery made with gold thread twist technology produced magnificent patterns. This year, Piaget launched two new Altiplano models to further study embroidery technology and present a unique craft: gold thread embroidery.

A long history of embroidery

From ancient art to recent collections, the history of embroidery is intertwined with the process of human civilization. The origin of needles and threads can be traced back to prehistoric times, and there is a lot of literature to support it, such as Homer’s Iliad; and the ancient bas-reliefs of Egypt, Babylon, and Rome have revealed the use of different colors and textures. The beautiful process of decorating fabrics with fine needlework has existed since then. It is rumored that Asians were the first to develop the technique of making gold or silver into a leaf shape, and then cutting it into small ribbons, and weaving them into colorful threads.

On the Silk Road, embroidery plays a very important role in cultural exchange through the trading of fabric caravans. This craft reached unprecedented heights in Byzantium. During the Crusades, the Europeans found that the Middle East embroidery technology was far superior to their own embroidery technology, so they brought it back to the motherland and carried it forward with their own unique technology. As a result, embroidery has become a magnificent work of art for Europeans. Artisans at the time made every effort to apply it to the decoration of religious and royal costumes.

Today, the achievements of gold embroidery are extraordinary. In heraldic art, it is used to weave and paint city or family crests; in etiquette art, it is used to repair or make flags and crosses; gold thread embroidery also appears in the production of uniforms and costumes Such as bullfighter clothes or bachelor clothes; this technique is also used in haute couture clothing; in addition, artists, stage decorators and interior designers will also customize gold thread embroidery.

Embroidery, golden silk weaving

Piaget Piaget once again created a world-class precedent, introducing the art of gold embroidery into the country of watchmaking, and interweaving masterpieces of dials beyond imagination.

Adhering to the tradition of excellence, Piaget pioneered a brand-new Xinjiang region for dial design with golden silk embroidery technology, achieving an impressive and timeless work. First, the silk was taut and fixed on the frame, and then the pattern lines were traced by the master craftsman. Subsequently, the embroidery master used the ancient technique of gold thread embroidery to twist the gold thread into helical gold threads with embroidery needles, and then extremely patiently embroidered the complex composition details on the silk one by one, thereby creating an exquisite art. Product.

The laurel branches on the Piaget Altiplano dial are embroidered with straight stitches, while the bay leaf patterns are embroidered with silk stitching. The entire embroidery pattern took more than 4 hours. The precious gold thread required Up to three meters. (Picture / text watch home Xie Xin)