Piaget has made an unexpected move since it presented its first sub-collection of watches with housings completely made of steel. The series is called Polo S and it is a part of its iconic Polo collection of watches which has been around for more than three and a half decades. Among the new steel novelties there is Piaget Polo S Chronograph, the watch equipped with a new automatic column-wheel chrono movement. The watch is available in two different dial colors and it comes at the price of $12,400.
Up until now, it was extremely rare to see Piaget watches in all-steel liveries. About fifteen years ago there were some models of this kind in the now discontinued Upstream series. Polo S sub-collection is therefore more surprising since it entirely consists of steel models. Initially, Piaget has released the chronograph model which is in the spotlight here, as well as a three-hand model. Both newcomers are equipped with new self-winding movements and have the same design that includes a distinctive play of shapes. This design includes a round housing coupled with a cushion shaped dial.
Piaget Polo S Chronograph has a steel case which is 42 mm wide and 11.2 mm thick. Its fixed bezel is with a brushed finish, while the case-band is polished. Sapphire is used for the crystal at the front, as well as for the transparent section on the rear side. The same type of alternating finishes that is present on the case is also seen on its steel bracelet which locks with a folding clasp. The total amount of metal used in the construction of the timekeeper measures to 143.7 grams.
A Bi-Compax Dial in Silver or Blue
Underneath the sapphire crystal of Piaget Polo S Chronograph lays a dial in either silver or blue color. It features a guilloche motif with horizontal lines and two chrono sub-counters (for 12 hours and 30 minutes). The bi-compax setup includes counters that are placed horizontally. There are also applied baton hour markers and sword-shaped hands that are all filled with luminous coating. Finally, one can notice a date aperture on the bottom and a central chronograph seconds hand with a counterweight that shows off the logo of the brand.
As it has been mentioned, the Piaget novelty runs on new Caliber 1160P especially designed for the model. It is a self-winding movement with a column–wheel chronograph complication with vertical coupling. It includes 35 jewels and 262 components altogether. The operational frequency of its regulating organ is 4 Hz. Caliber 1160P is round. Its diameter is 11 ½ lignes (25.58 mm), while the thickness is just 5.72 mm. The movement which is developed from the brands Caliber 880P has the slightly extended power reserve that lasts for 50 hours. As it could be expected for a Piaget piece, the movement likewise features high-end decorations. They involve a circular-grained main-plate, beveled bridges, sunburst finishing on the wheels, the brand’s coat-of-arms engraved on the winding rotor in slate gray shade, as well as blued screws.
The first chronograph from the first all-steel sub-collection of the Piaget Polo watches is much more affordable than the rest of the brand’s models that are almost exclusively housed in cases made of precious metals. Its price is set at $12,400.