High jewellery, horology and design cues from nature have united in Audemars Piguet’s Haute Joaillerie collection since 2013. Started in 2015, the Diamond trilogy (Diamond Punk, Diamond Fury and Diamond Outrage) was inspired by the wintery and rugged landscape of the Vallée de Joux, and combined traditional gem-setting techniques with unconventional design for a distinctive effect of elegance, strength and power.
This year’s unique creation pushes gem-setting craftsmanship to new heights. Named after the river that crosses Le Brassus, home of Audemars Piguet, Sapphire Orbe embodies a glittering river of diamonds and sapphires in graded hues of blue and orange, as night merges into day.
More than 12000 stones are rigorously selected and set by hand
This piece combines a wide array of diamonds and sapphires in orange and blue hues
Sapphires from Dusk till Dawn
This piece features more than 12,000 stones, each rigorously selected, individually cut and set by hand. The central petal-shaped rings are entirely snow-set with diamonds and graded sapphires in 6 graded shades of blue and orange, each in 20 different diameters ranging from 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm in size. Multifaceted, this piece offers a play of colour and light that changes depending on the perspective from which it is seen. It took approximately 1,050 hours to gem-set this piece.
The inside rings are covered with graded blue sapphires and brilliant-cut diamonds
In the domed centre nestles the 2 cm dark blue sapphire-set globe which, when inverted, reveals the watch’s 18-carat white gold dial paved with graded orange sapphires. This spherical case houses a tiny quartz calibre.
The bracelet is made of articulated diamond-set components, for maximum flexibility and comfort.
The sapphire crystal dome can be turned manually to reveal its orange-sapphire dial
Audemars Piguet Sapphire Orbe 47.2 x 78 mm
Functions: Hours and minutes
Case: 18-carat white gold case in shape of a sphere, entirely set with dark blue sapphires, surrounded by 18-carat white gold rings, set with diamonds, graded blue and orange sapphires, glareproofed sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 20 m
Dial: 18-carat white gold dial, entirely set with graded orange sapphires, white gold hands