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Early SIHH 2017: Piaget Celebrates Altiplano

As it prepares for SIHH 2017 Piaget has unveiled two new watches that offer insight into how the watchmaker plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its groundbreaking Altiplano collection next year. To kick off the commemoration Piaget todays adds two blue-dialed models that revisit the Altiplano, the watch that in 1957 underscored Piaget’s history as a leader in ultra-thin watchmaking.

First, the Piaget Altiplano Self-Winding 43 mm updates the existing 43mm white gold automatic model with a new limited edition (360 will be made) Altiplano with the words Piaget Automatique on the dial as they appeared on the very first ultra-thin Piaget timepiece. The only tweak in 2017 will be a subtle updating of the letter A. Inside is the same Calibre 1200P, presented in 2010 for the 50th anniversary of the legendary Piaget caliber 12P. The 2.35mm thin movement can be seen via the clear sapphire crystal caseback. As is always the case at Piaget, the movement is beautifully finished with beveled bridges adorned with circular Côtes de Genève, a circular-grained mainplate, satin-brushed steel parts and the blued screws. This automatic model reveals a gold oscillating weight engraved with the Piaget coat-of-arms

Piaget Aliplano 60th anniversary Collection – 43mm (G0A42105)

Case: 43mm 18-karat white gold ultra-thin case with sapphire case-back
Dial: Blue dial, cross in the center, white gold appliques index
Movement: Piaget Manufacture 1200P ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement measuring 2.35 mm by 29.9 mm
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 44 hours
Finishing: Circular Côtes de Genève, circular-grained mainplate, bevelled bridges, blued screws, sunburst-brushed wheels, “P” fixed to the regulator-assembly as Piaget signature, 22-karat gold slate grey colored pink gold oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes
Strap/Bracelet: Blue alligator leather strap; 18-karat white gold ardillon buckle
360-piece limited edition

Piaget Aliplano (G0A42105) profile

Piaget Aliplano (G0A42105) case back

Piaget Altiplano Manual-Winding 38 mm

Now available in the two-hand 38mm diameter version, and with a vintage-aware solid caseback, this new Piaget Altiplano will likely appeal to purists for whom a 43mm case (see above) is too large and not in need of a sapphire caseback. Inside beats Caliber 430P, all of 2.1 mm thick. Representing the second generation of Piaget’s manual-winding movements, this caliber is a worthy heir to the famed Caliber 9P from 1957. Piaget will make 460 of these models. Piaget will add more Altiplano watches in 2017 as it continues to celebrate the collection’s 60th anniversary.

Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Collection - 38 mm (G0A42107) 
Case: 18-karat white gold ultra-thin case
Dial: Blue with cross in the center, white gold appliques index
Movement: Piaget Manufacture 430P ultra-thin mechanical hand-wound movement
Movement thickness: 2.1 mm
Frequency: 21,600 vph/3Hz
Power reserve: approx. 43 hours
Finishing: Circular Côtes de Genève, circular-grained mainplate and bridges, beveled bridges, blued screws
Functions: Hours, minutes
Buckle: 18-karat white gold ardillon buckle
Strap: Blue alligator leather strap
460-piece limited edition

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