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Carnet de Bal

This unique jewellery set, which has emerged from the Audemars Piguet Haute Joaillerie workshop, is an invitation to close your eyes and allow yourself to daydream for a few moments. To imagine a gentle summer evening in a garden pervaded by the fragrance of begonias, lilacs and hydrangeas. Tinkling piano notes and the haunting sound of a violin float through the warm summer air – while the cheerful laughter of the many guests spills out from behind the large bay windows of the house. Inside, people are chatting and couples are dancing. In the centre of the room, at the heart of the party, sways a modern-day princess in a white taffetas gown. Her neck is daintily encircled by a choker and her wrist is graced by a watch on which all the garden flowers seem to have crystallised into sparkling diamonds. The object of countless admiring gazes, she dances the night away – while privately imagining she is filling in a dance card or “carnet de bal”, just as young ladies used to do.

The floral theme, embodying quintessential femininity, was the inspiration behind this jewellery creation. Nature is expressed here in all its abundant exuberance, almost as if one were actually witnessing the opening of buds or the unfurling of petals and stems. It is no coincidence that this creation so perfectly reflects nature itself, since Audemars Piguet has its very own Haute Joaillerie workshop. In this propitious environment, experienced specialists begin by finding the purest gemstones that talented jewellers then display to their best advantage through the noble art of gemsetting. The design gradually takes shape, as at each stage the various craftsmen assess the volumes, readjusting shapes to achieve a perfectly balanced and harmonious whole. For the Carnet de Bal jewellery set, several diamond cuts have been finely fashioned: marquise, pear, baguette and, of course, brilliant cuts. These admirable gems are further enhanced by different types of gemsetting using closed, claw or grain techniques.

The white gold necklace, which alone called for more than 500 hours of work, is composed of 1,039 diamonds. Yet what first strikes the observer is its sheer volume: the composition of the flowers adorning the choker is delicately cambered and tipped with mobile stems of varying lengths. Thanks to the extremely fine interlacing motif, the curve of the necklace is a fascinating blend of softness and flowing motion. The flowers and foliage of the cuff-watch sway with the same ease, their stems spreading over the hand in a graceful lacy plant-like motif.


Movement : 
Calibre : 2046, hand-wound. Total diameter : 15.70 mm (63/4 lignes). Casing-diameter : 15.30 mm. Thickness : 2.90 mm. 18 jewels. 85 parts. Power reserve : up to 42 hours. Cadence of the balance : 21,600 vibrations per hour. Finishing : all parts decorated by hand; circular-grained plate; bridges rhodium-plated, bevelled, snailed and adorned with “côtes de Genève” motif.
Case : 
18-carat white gold set with diamonds, oval-shaped.
Dial : 
Floral motif engraved on white mother-of-pearl, diamond hour-markers.
Strap :
18-carat white gold, semi-rigid, composed of floral elements and set with brilliant-, pear-, marquise- and baguette-cut diamonds. Pendants on flexible stems set with brilliant-cut diamonds. Safety jewellery clasp in 18-carat white gold. Customised adjustment in the Audemars Piguet workshops.
Gemsetting : 
481 diamonds (~ 59.53 carats).
Functions :
Hours and minutes.

Reference : 79414BC.ZZ.9177BC.01

18-carat white gold set with 1,039 brilliant-, marquise-, pear- and baguette-cut diamonds 
(~ 86 carats). Weight: ~ 185 g.

Reference : TC0726.BCU.US.Z000.