It’s no secret that I am fan of Piaget’s Altiplano Skeleton with Caliber 1200 — I blogged about this watch on numerous occasions last year, including my detailed reflections on the watch. As such, I was happy to see the Altiplano Skeleton recently introduced in a black “enamel-skeleton” dial. To my knowledge, the ultra-thin automatic Calibre 1200E is the first ever “enamel-skeleton” movement. It is the same as the Piaget Caliber 1200S (“S” as in skeleton), but of course with enamel, hence the modified identifier (“E”) on the caliber name (perhaps “ES” would have been more appropriate). Nomenclature aside, to see an openworked dial embellished with enamel on what little is left of its surface area is an intriguing look; I find it to be an attractive addition to the overall aesthetic of the contemporary Altiplano Skeleton.
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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.
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?