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SIHH 2018 Preview: Ultra-Thin and Feminine from Piaget

Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P

The Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P is making its much-awaited introduction, further celebrating the emblematic Altiplano, to which this year (its 60th anniversary) has been dedicated. The watch—the thinnest of its kind at just 4.30mm thick—is an integral part of the ultra-thin watchmaking continuum that Piaget ramped up in 1957 with the debut of the 9P caliber. This was followed in the 1960s by the 12P, whose introduction was described by the Journal de Genève as “an event destined to be a milestone in the history of watchmaking.”

But it was in 2014, in honor of Piaget’s 140th anniversary, that a completely novel approach to thin watches was introduced with the debut of the Caliber 900P, which merged case and movement into one exquisitely slim timepiece. And now, the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P, three years in development, takes it another step further. The watch appears to now hold the record as the thinnest automatic watch. At just 4.30mm thick, the timepiece once again fuses movement and case to form a single entity, with the latter serving as the mainplate to which the exceptionally thin components (some wheels a mere 0.12mm) are attached.

Making every millimeter count, the entire mechanism of the Ultimate 910P is contained within the depth of the balance wheel, and the suspended barrel, held by a single bridge on the dial side, is contrary to customary barrels that are also fixed on the mainplate side. The oscillating weight is in 22-karat gold with black PVD coating and is positioned on the movement periphery, contributing to the overall thinness. The hour and minute hands, offset at 10 o’clock, are also integrated into the caliber rather than placed on top as in standard construction. This enhances reliability of the movement in the presence of any distortion of the glass due to strong pressure.

The mainplate is satin brushed and sandblasted, while the wheels are alternately sunburst or circular satin finished, and the chamfered bridges are sunburst satin brushed. The historical “Piaget Automatic” inscription that appeared on the very first ultra-thin timepiece from Piaget pays tribute to the line’s compelling and ongoing narrative.

The 41mm watch is available in white or pink gold, and each comes on a black alligator leather strap.

Extremely Lady

Recalling the indelible design cues from the 1960s, Piaget’s new Extremely Lady sets a contemporary benchmark for style. Joining other jewelry watches in Piaget’s ladies collection with its classic oval case and minimalist dial, this piece is crafted in 18-karat pink gold and white mother-of-pearl. Its sparkling gold bezel is alight with 24 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling about 1.46 carats, framing a dial devoid of any ornamentation other than the Piaget logo at 12 o’clock and elemental gold hands that gently sweep across the gleaming pearl backdrop.

The spare design further draws attention to the essential loveliness of the watch and the exquisite metalwork for which Piaget is known. The integrated hand-engraved 18-karat bracelet is rendered here with a sensual “fur” décor, and its suppleness—thanks to the multitude of hand-assembled links—offers ultimate comfort on the wrist. This elegant timepiece features Piaget’s 56P quartz movement.

Prices: Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P in white gold is $27,000 and the rose gold model is $26,000. Piaget Extremely Lady: $50,500.

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