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Piaget’s Altiplano Ultimate Concept is a Model of Thinness

Following the recently released Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P, Piaget is introducing the Altiplano Ultimate Concept powered by the 900P-UC. The result of four years of research at the hands of Piaget’s Research and Innovation division, it is touted as the thinnest hand-wound mechanical watch. It is a mere 2mm thick—the same thickness as the 1957-born Caliber 9P, one of the world’s thinnest mechanical movements of its time and the predecessor to which this watch pays tribute.

In 2014, in honor of Piaget’s 140th anniversary, a revolutionary 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, following this theme and in a continuing celebration of 60 years of the Altiplano story, the Ultimate Concept reaches a new milestone.

The 41mm timepiece is crafted from a cobalt-based high-tech alloy to provide strength despite its lean dimensions, and five patents have been filed for the technological innovations the watch employs. All the elements of the caliber and case have been reimagined—even the crystal has been pared to just 0.2mm compared to the standard of 1mm. The watch weighs in at 21.7g and features a black PVD-treated and satin-brushed baseplate and caseback. Offset hours and minutes are at 12 o’clock.

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