Known for its innovation in haute horlogerie – as well as its craftsmanship in high jewellery – Piaget is once again a major player at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH).
Like Jaeger-LeCoultre and Vacheron Constantin, Piaget is renowned for its ultra-thin watches and has – at one time or another – manufactured the world’s thinnest mechanical watch, thinnest chronograph, thinnest hand-wound movement and thinnest self-winding mechanical movement.
The first of its ultra-thin movements – and the first in the Altiplano collection – was revealed at BaselWorld in 1957 with a 2 mm-thick 9P manual-winding movement designed by Valentin Piaget.
Brand ambassador Ryan Reynolds recounts his first encounter with a Piaget watch at SIHH 2017:
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Altiplano, the watchmaker is releasing two new models in the collection – a hand-winding and self-winding model – before adding new timepieces in 2017. Both carry the brand/collection’s signature cross on the dial – first visible in the calibre 9P and 12P models.
The Piaget Altiplano Manual-Winding model is 38mm in diameter and is powered by the 430P manual-winding movement.
White gold is used on the dial, in the hour markers and cross, as well as in the pin buckle.
The Piaget Altiplano Self-Winding model has a sapphire case back revealing its Calibre 1200P, a calibre which took three years to develop and was launched in 2010.
The case back sports the Côtes de Genève, bevelled bridges, blued screws and a gold oscillating weight engraved with the Piaget coat of arms. The movement has 25 jewels and 180 components.
Limited to 360 pieces, this 43 mm watch has a power reserve of up to 44 hours and, like the manual-winding model, has a blue alligator leather strap and 18ct gold pin buckle.