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Sapphire Orbe - Haute Joaillerie by Audemars Piguet #SIHH2019

19 March 2019

By Peter Vossner

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.

It is the showcase high jewellery timepiece by the Swiss manufacture this year, holding nothing back with a combination of a wide array of diamonds and sapphires in orange and blue hues.

Multifaceted, the Sapphire Orbe plays with light, and changes colour depending on how the light hits its various surfaces, from where you cast your eye. It offers something unique for both the wearer, and the admiring observer.

This magnificent creation took approximately 1,050 hours to gem-set.

In the domed centre nestles the 2 cm dark blue sapphire-set globe which, when inverted, reveals an 18-carat white gold dial paved with graded orange sapphires. Inside this spherical case houses a tiny quartz calibre.

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.

Representing the epitome of Audemars Piguet's haute joaillerie capabilities, the Sapphire Orbe is truly a sight to behold.

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