STYLE PAIRING

Piaget Altiplano and lacey frills

22 June 2016

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We all know what accessory distinguishes between the most stylish it-girls and wannabes. A wristwatch. It’s like a pair of bad shoes; if you’re wearing a designer dress with the wrong pair of shoes, you won’t get away with it. The same goes for your watch; but we’ll be even less forgiving.

A watch is a clear indication of your personality and gives an outsider a peek at your style-DNA. And it’s got nothing to do with the price of the watch or the popularity of the brand. You’ve just got to know how to pair your watch to your outfit, making sure it’s not too plastic looking, not too small, not too big, not covered in bling and not too cheap. There’s no need to wear a complication watch to appear to be mysterious and unattainable, even though we would all happily make space for one or two in our wardrobes.

Pairing your watch with your outfit is classy. If you haven’t got one that goes, best not wear one at all. A plastic purple watch with an evening gown is a big no-no, and the same goes for a chunky diamond encrusted watch that would only look right on a Hulk-sized wrist. What about that beloved watch inherited from your Grandma? It’s so small and disproportioned, and almost carries the smell of mothballs. Set it aside for now.

When it comes to watches, not anything goes; there is proper etiquette to respect. Although we would have stepped aside for Nadine de Rothschild, Watch-Her has taken to the challenge. Here’s our first Style Pairing article, and today, we’re taking you to Piaget.

A few weeks ago, Piaget welcomed Geneva’s finest to their store to elect their second digital ambassador for their Possession Collection. The event was exclusively for women and lived up to Piaget’s reputation: it was glamorous, different and contemporary. Between the snaps in the photo booth, glasses of champagne and delicious quinoa salads, the Genevoises got a closer look at the Possession Collection alongside a live Brigittes concert, a fantastic Parisian duo who kept us dancing all night long.

As with all events that force me out of the countryside and into the city, I needed an outfit to pair with my designer shoes. The invitation called for cocktail attire. I had dreamed up a flared white two-piece suit but couldn’t find anything of the sort in my wardrobe. The deep V neckline that I had in mind led me to spot a long lacey black dress that I bought on my last trip to Singapore. The plunging neckline of the dress looked better suited to the Cannes Film Festival than an evening out in Geneva starting at 6 p.m. I chose to tone it down with a casual white lace top, also unbranded and bought at a cheap Singaporean corner shop, well, as cheap as Singaporean corner shops get.

All I needed was a pair of platform heels to disguise my mere 1m65 and a fantastic tasseled bag from No.21 because a quilted Chanel bag would be all too predictable. The look has a nonchalant French feel to it, elegant but effortless. No need to hide behind the bouquets of peonies for fear of standing out next to the rows of designer dresses.

As for the choice of watch, no frills there, just a timeless essential: the Piaget Altiplano. The Altiplano was inspired by a plateau situated in the South American highlands. It is the thinnest watch in the world developed in early 1957 by watchmakers from La Côte aux Fées encasing a 2mm thick mechanical movement. This ultra-thin watchmaking craftsmanship holds numerous records. This particular model caught my eye: the G0A31114 is simple, anti-bling with a contemporary dial and an elegant black alligator strap. The 18K pink gold case is the perfect finish and the ultra thin model is light on the wrist. It is a unisex watch that certainly appeals to women through its sleek design, 38mm diameter, 430p hand wound movement and delicate hands that tell the time.

The 6.4mm thick Altiplano is the definition of luxury. Piaget’s Altiplano and my black lace dress is a slightly unpredictable but contemporary match.

– Macha Vananty

Price of the Piaget Altiplano G0A31114: 14’900 chf

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