For the next edition of the Salon de Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, Piaget has prepared a new pair of watches which celebrate the brand’s expertise in the creation of exceptionally thin mechanical watches. The timepieces mark the 60th anniversary of the release of the Piaget model in 1957 which was the thinnest timepiece on the market at that time it came out. The new models come in white gold liveries and with restrained blue dials with sun-ray finishes. Their only functions are hour and minute hands. Just like the iconic models which they celebrate, these newcomers are exceptionally thin and they include a new generation of ultra-thin calibers (though it should be said that these are not entirely new movements). The unisex manually-wound version will cost $17,900, while the automatic version with the slightly bigger dimensions will have the price tag of 23,900.
As a watchmaking brand, Piaget has been around since 1874. However, one of the most important moments in the brand’s history that defined its place on the market and its reputation to this day came a lot later. I am talking about its success from 1957 when Piaget managed to create a manually-wound mechanical piece whose movement was only 2 mm thick. That was unprecedented success since legendary 9P caliber was completely made by hand. In order to be as thin as possible, the movement omitted all of the additional functions and it only had hour and minute hands. The celiber and the watch that premiered it earned the brand the reputation of one of the world’s greatest manufacturers of ultra-thin pieces which Piaget proudly guards to this day. Three years later, Piaget released automatic caliber 12P which was just 0.3 mm thicker than the hand-wound one.
These two watches and their calibers were used as inspiration for the creation of the novel 60th Anniversary collection which will be premiered at the SIHH 2017. Apart from having the same basic features and spirit as the archetype models, new watches will also feature the recognizable cross-hair motifs on their simple blue dials as the watches they celebrate. Moreover, they feature the similarly shaped lugs.
Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Manual
The smaller of two models is Piaget Altiplano 60th Manual. It has the diameter of 38 mm and a solid metal case-back. It is equipped with Caliber 430P which is 2.1 mm thick. The 3 Hz movement features the power reserve that lasts for 43 hours which is pretty respectable considering its dimensions. When it comes to its decorations it shows off the Geneva striping, anglages, perlages and blued screws. These finishes are all featured on the manual model, but are not visible like here. Naturally, the automatic model has another feature that is not present in the previous caliber. This is a blackened 22 K gold micro-rotor of its automatic winding system .The hand-wound anniversary watch will be released in the limited edition that consists of 460 pieces.
Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Automatic
The other ultra-thin watch that celebrates the brand’s great milestone is Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Automatic. It is 43 mm wide and unlike the other newcomer it includes a see-through case-back. This watch runs on Caliber 1200P which is 2.35 mm thick. It also runs on the frequency of 21,600 vph, while its power storage lasts for 44 hours. This watch will be made in 360 copies.
Both members of Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Collection feature the same kind of attachment – a blue alligator leather strap with a white gold buckle clasp.