The quest for ultra slim where every millimetre counts continue. This year too we had several brands trying the impossible. Hiren Kumar Bose on the 10 slim watches of the year
PIAGET Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P
When it comes to ultrathin watches Piaget has always been an unchallenged leader. In a world where records tend to be beaten by mere tenths of a millimetre, the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P at just 4.30 mm thick is now the thinnest automatic watch with a peripheral rotor. Cased in 18-ct rose gold or 18-ct white gold, the watch measures 41 mm in diameter, a size that is considered simply perfect considering how thin this watch is.
AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin In Titanium and Platinum
The back of the 40mm Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin In Titanium and Platinum offers an eye-catching view of its own. With a case thickness of 8.1mm, the sapphire glass caseback ticks away the in-house automatic Caliber 2121, a 3.05mm thin calibre with 40 hours of power reserve, time and date. It beats at an unusual frequency of 2.75 Hz or 19,800 vph, which translates to a rate of 5.5 beats per second.
PATEK PHILIPPE Golden Ellipse Ref. 5738R
Originally introduced with a manually wound movement in 1968, Patek is presenting a new rose gold “Jumbo” version with a 34.5mm x 39.5mm case and an ebony black sunburst dial. Inside is the ultra-thin calibre 240 with micro-rotor. The movement measures just 2.53mm from top to bottom, and this year’s edition, it ticks once again in a remarkably slim rose gold case with a height of just 5.9 mm and surrounding a magnificent ebony-black face with sunburst finish.
CHOPARD L.U.C Quattro Rose Gold
A new interpretation of the elegant L.U.C Quattro in rose gold, this 43mm watch encases Calibre 98.01-L with patented Quattro technology. The two pairs of barrels positioned one atop the other, endow this certified chronometer with a power reserve lasting up to 216 hours (nine days). The movement, which has earned the Geneva Seal, unites 223 components in the smallest possible volume of space and is only 3.7 mm tall. The case is accordingly slim too: just 8.87 mm in height.
BULGARI Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic
With a height of just 3.95 mm, the 42mm watch sets a world record for slimness. Fully skeletonised calibre BVL 288 Finissimo with a flying tourbillon is a mere 1.95 mm tall, amasses a 52-hour power reserve and is housed inside a sand-blasted titanium case that graciously reveals its fascinating inner workings.
ZENITH Elite Lady Moonphase
The 36 mm watch provides a beautifully simple yet highly feminine and contemporary interpretation of the moon-phase indication, which reigns supreme on a deliberately minimalist mother-of-pearl dial pared down to the bare essentials. This stainless-steel timepiece is a mere 9.1 mm slim. Its automatic movement, the Elite 692, measures just 3.97 mm in height while consisting of 195 components. It provides a power reserve of 50 hours.
CARL F. BUCHERER Adamavi collection
Timeless and purist elegance in combination with the finest mechanisms is offered by Carl F. Bucherer’s Adamavi collection, which is available this year with new variants for women and men. The illustrated model is powered by automatic calibre CFB 1950, which is only 4.6 mm high and ticks inside a stainless steel case with a diameter of 39 mm and a height of 8.77 mm.
CORUM“La Grande Vie”
The 42mm watch celebrates fine horological understatement in expressive colour schemes. Thanks to the intriguing fumé style, the gradation of colours on the dial of this two-handed mechanical watch become progressively more intense as it approaches the periphery. Available in three colour choices, the minimalist timepiece has a titanium case which is a mere 9.08 mm tall.
Developed together with the renowned designer Werner Aisslinger, the 41mm Autobahn watch is a sporty self-winding watch with a date display. The curve along the dial’s flange is like a miniature racetrack. The dial and the back of the case are protected by extra-strong sapphire crystals, through which one can admire ultra-slim Calibre DUW 6101, which is a mere 3.6 mm tall.
CITIZEN Eco-Drive One
The new 40mm Eco-Drive One continues Citizen’s success story in the field of light-powered technology. Calibre 8826 combines 85 components and is only 1 mm tall. Thanks to its low height, it fits inside an extremely slender case that conforms to the wearer’s wrist like a second skin. The case is made of innovative Super Titanium, which Citizen developed to assure optimal wearing comfort and hardness