Perpetuelle presents THE highlight of the 2014 Piaget collection, the the record-setting (world’s thinnest mechanical watch) Piaget Altiplano 900P. Please click below for our detailed reports on this SPECTACULAR watch.
In addition to the 900P watch, Piaget also introduced a delightful and animated ladies’ watch, the Limelight Blooming Rose, and a diamond-set automatic skeleton version of the Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon.
The new Piaget Altiplano 900P is the world’s thinnest watch. With outside the box thinking and innovative design, the 900P measures in at a record setting 3.65mm thin (38mm diameter). In an unprecedented move, Piaget has merged the case and caliber of the P900 into one. At SIHH 2014 last week, Piaget unveiled 3 additional models to accompany the white gold variation that was initially unveiled in December 2013 (as I profiled in-depth here): a rose gold model, and two “haute joaillerie” models. In this follow-up to my December 2013 “first look” at the new 900P, I have several more enticing looks at this amazing watch — in all its beautiful variations — to share with you. Also below is a ~2 min. video introduction to the watch in an exclusive video presentation by Piaget CEO Philippe Leopold-Metzger.
by Kyle Stults on December 10, 2013
First Look…Piaget merges case with caliber for record setting thinness of 3.65mm…
In 2014 Piaget will celebrate its 140th anniversary with a new record in ultra-thin mechanical watchmaking: the Altiplano 38 mm 900P. Simply said, this is a WOW watch – all 3.65mm of it! While clearly geared towards cutting-edge innovation, it is also a nod to history, since it gets the 900P part of its name from Calibre 9P, which was the first ultra-thin hand-wound movement made by Piaget in 1957. In a fascinating bit of engineering, the watch case and watch movement have become one as Piaget has seemingly shaved every last hundredth of a millimeter from the total depth of the watch. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
by Kyle Stults on June 18, 2013
2013 will be the fifth time that Piaget has submitted a unique piece for auction in the Only Watch charity event. Certainly not of the most “unique unique” pieces this year, Piaget’s piece is nonetheless one I am very fond of — a Piaget Altiplano Skeleton, in 38mm white gold case with black PVD treatment. For the first time we see the Altiplano Skeleton white gold case treated to a black PVD finish — what little of the actual case is left on this ultra-thin, openworked beauty, that is. Having spent plenty of time hands-on with the regular production model (see my in-depth report here), I think this unique piece must look great with the black case.
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by Kyle Stults on February 18, 2013
The Piaget Altiplano Skeleton watch with caliber 1200S (Ref G0A37132, $60,000) is a watch that I’ve desired to own from the moment I set eyes on it. It does not take long to appreciate the beauty of this resolutely modern, ultra-thin skeleton watch. A watch which also happens to be a “record holder” in not one but two categories — the world’s thinnest automatic skeleton movement (2.4mm) and the world’s thinnest automatic skeleton watch (5.34mm). In this personal editorial, I will walk-through the finer details of the ultra-thin Altiplano Skeleton with Piaget Caliber 1200S — and tell you why I find this watch so compelling.
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by Kyle Stults on December 18, 2012
SIHH 2013 preview…world’s thinnest — and Piaget’s first in-house minute repeater caliber…
In 2012 we saw the very exciting Piaget Caliber 1200S, and ultra-thin (2.4mm) skeleton caliber with platinum rotor, among other attributes. The 1200S debuted notably in the 38mm, $60,000 Altiplano skeleton automatic . In fact when it comes to ultra-thin calibers, Piaget more than holds its own with the world’s elite brands — arguably it is the leader. Counting the 1200S, Piaget has developed a whopping twenty (yes, 20!) ultra-thin calibers. Piaget even has five ultra-thin skeleton calibers — an impressive collection by any standards.
In 2013, Piaget will again raise the bar. Not content with debuting its first minute repeater, Piaget will introduce the world’s thinnest minute repeater movement — the caliber 1290P. At just 4.8mm thick, the 1290P and its 407 parts is a feat of micro-mechanics — and exceptional finishing. The 1290P will debut in the Piaget Emperador Coussin XL in red gold case, seen here — limited to just 10 pieces in rose gold. The case of this exceptional timepiece will be a sizeable 48mm but only a mere 9.4mm thick (thin). More on the watch, and the new 1290P minute repeater caliber, below.
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by Kyle Stults on January 16, 2012
SIHH 2012 getting ramped up. Here’s the Piaget Gouverneur Chronograph, powered by the new Piaget Calibre 882P, an ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement. This classic model is distinguished by its two-counter design reminiscent of vintage chronographs. In addition to the flyback chronograph functions – featuring a sweep seconds hand and a minute counter at 3 o’clock – the movement also drives the hour and minute hands, a 24-hour dual time-zone display in a subdial at 9 o’clock, and a date indication at 6 o’clock.
Piaget Governour Chronograph
43mm pink gold case, Manufacture Piaget 882P ultra-thin mechanical flyback self-winding chronograph movement
Here’s an early look at the 2012 Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Automatic. When it is unveiled in Geneva next January, the watch will be the world’s thinnest automatic skeleton with the world’s thinnest automatic skeleton movement. In my book, Piaget is the “King of Thin”, always bringing out these absolutely wafer-thin timepieces which really are amazing (recall as last year’s Piaget Altiplano Automatic). The movement in this watch — the Piaget Caliber 1200S — is a mere 2.40mm thick. This lends itself to an overall case thickness of just 5.34mm. You gotta love the attention to detail and design contrasts in this watch — observe how the blackened (rhodium-finished) hour/minute hands, screws, and platinum micro-rotor contrast against the brushed, flat white gold surfaces — which themselves are finished with polished angles (edges) — it really is a case study in beauty. This watch will be hitting the market sometime in 2012, and until then I don’t expect firm pricing , but expect something near $60,000.
Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Automatic Watch
38mm white gold case (5.34mm thick), automatic mechanical Piaget Caliber 1200S (2.4mm thick),
Side view — can you see it? hehehe
Continuing my ONLY Watch 2011 previews (see them all here) — here’s a first look at the Piaget Altiplano Skeleton for Only Watch 2011. The watch features a black-PVD finished white gold case with an openworked dial that allows for visibility of the movement. Note also the “sunray” pattern which is incorporated on both the movement and the outer edge of the dial.
Piaget Altiplano Skeleton for ONLY WATCH 2011
white gold case with black PVD finish, manual-wind, ultra thin mechanical Piaget 838P movement with black PVD finish, sunray guilloché motif, pink gold finished hands, on a black alligator strap and matching buckle
by Kyle Stults on January 03, 2011
And the Show goes on…
Hello everyone, and Happy New Year to you all! I must say it feels good to be back behind the keyboard after some relaxing time-off over the holidays.
As you may know, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious watch shows occurs this month in Geneva, Switzerland — the Salon Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie 2011, or ‘SIHH 2011″ for short. Bringing you the newest watches that 19 of the world’s greatest luxury brands unveil at this show is something we here at Perpetuelle enjoy very much, and we are ready to deliver again in 2011! This will be our third year running a dedicated SIHH Forum Feed, and we hope you will tune into our real-time coverage starting January 17th. You will not find more comprehensive and timely coverage anywhere on the ‘Net. Also as in years past, I will be discussing my favorite and new watches coming out of SIHH 2011 here on the blog.
In keeping with tradition, each brand at SIHH usually pre-releases one of its new watches in the weeks and/or months leading up to the big show in order to whet our appetites, but a couple brands are yet to tip their hats this year. I’ve already covered most of these SIHH 2011 pre-releases as you can see here (two of my favorites are the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Seconds and the Panerai Luminor Composite PAM 386).
Which brings us to today — the SIHH 2011 preview from Piaget, the Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra Thin (say that three times fast).
Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra Thin
46.5mm case in white or pink gold, featuring new manufacture Caliber 1270p
A look at the pink gold model:
Piaget Caliber 1270P
5.5mm thick, automatic, tourbillon, front-facing micro-rotor
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