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Known for thin Altiplano models, Piaget consolidates its leadership position in the world of ultra thin watches
An ultra-thin watch is truly a mechanical wonder. Piaget’s engineers have been wowing their customers with impossible flatness for years, finally outdoing themselves with the thinnest automatic watch movement ever. A ‘thin is in brand’, Piaget has always been stressing broad watch cases that barely lift off your wrists.
First presented in 1998 under the name directly linked to the evocative and directly product-related name Altiplano, the ultra-thin Piaget models meet highly specific design codes. In addition to the extremely pure lines of the ultra-thin round or square cases, Piaget Altiplano watches are distinguished by pure dials, slender elongated hands and fine baton-shaped hour-markers or Roman numerals.
Thanks to a broad range of models, the Altiplano collection encompasses both masculine and feminine models, housing almost exclusively mechanical movements within cases crafted from precious metal and in some cases gem-set. In keeping with the Piaget tradition of ultra-thin watches, which are either classically inspired or introduced as concept watches – such as the Piaget Altiplano Double-Jeu and Piaget Altiplano fingerprint models – Altiplano watches also represent an opportunity to explore a number of skills such as the art of enamelling, skeleton-working, and gem-setting on skeletonised movements.
Acknowledged both for the competencies required to make it, and for its unique aesthetics, the Piaget Altiplano watch has won numerous prizes including the Design Prize in the 2003 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. In 2011, the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget has further enriched its Altiplano collection, which has become a brand icon, by presenting new releases that consolidate the line’s leadership position in the field of ultra-thin watches.
Piaget Altiplano 43 mm white gold with gem-set bezel
The Piaget Altiplano 43 mm – the double record-setting model launched in 2010 – now comes in an elegant version with a gem-set bezel. One of the feats it represents is that of successfully setting 88 diamonds (approx 0.8 carats) on the bezel, while preserving the record slenderness of the 5.25 mm white gold case that makes it the thinnest automatic watch on the market. This result has been achieved by an ingenious construction, a flat sapphire crystal, tapering lugs and a multi-level dial. The discreet yet elegant gem-setting beautifully highlights the sleek lines of the bezel on this Piaget Altiplano 43 mm.
While the case is the thinnest in its category, the 2.35 mm thick calibre it houses is currently the thinnest mechanical automatic movement on the market. The Calibre 1208P combines the intrinsic qualities of an ultra-thin movement with remarkable technical performance and extreme reliability. Equipped with a 22-carat gold oscillating weight, this mechanical movement remarkable in every respect drives hours, minutes, and small seconds at 5 o’clock. It beats at a frequency of 21,600 vph and has an approximately 40-hour power reserve. Calibre 1208P features sunburst wheels and a dedicated index assembly bearing the P for Piaget like a secret signature. These refined details are visible through the sapphire crystal back of this white gold case that is water-resistant to 20 metres.