News Monday, July 2nd 2012
Since 1907, the Bagatelle rose garden has been the setting for the prestigious yearly “Concours International de Roses Nouvelles” (International Competition for New Roses). For the 30th anniversary of the Yves Piaget rose, true to its commitment and history, the house of Piaget naturally wished to partner this famous competition which awards several prizes to the most talented breeders (including a gold medal, a scent prize and the journalists’ rose).
Piaget created a trophy for the winner of first prize © Piaget
Attended by representatives of ten different countries, the 105th ceremony took place last Thursday, June 14th, in the rose garden of the Bagatelle Gardens, under the presidency of Alain Meilland.
At Piaget, the rose symbolises a passion – that of Yves Piaget, and that of the designers and craftsmen jewellers which it inspires. Not content with interpreting it in gold or precious stones, the House is committed to promoting and maintaining the most beautiful displays of love for the queen of flowers.
On this occasion, the House of Piaget created a trophy for the winner of first prize in its workshops, in which they have included the design codes of the Piaget Rose collection. This jewellery creation in pink gold (30.4g) set with a precious diamond stamen (0.5 ct) clips into a stylised stem handmade by a Swiss sculptor from amaranth wood when not being worn as a brooch or pendant. The ensemble is elegantly presented in a triptych case with rose motifs. This is an expression of decorative art which combines both the arts of jewellery and wood sculpture.
For the House of Piaget’s first participation in the event, its CEO Mr. Philippe Léopold Metzger was eager to present the trophy personally to the laureate. The winner of the prestigious first prize is the “Numéro 35” rose created by Jérôme Rateau in the grouped flower rosebush category. This rose particularly touched the jury with its clustered flowers in shades of apricot, pearly white and yellow.
A golden rose to add to the exceptional history of the House of Piaget’s rose garden.
The rose has its own history and Piaget is committed to preserving it. ■