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.
And did I mention that, at 5.34mm thin, the Altiplano Skeleton is itself the thinnest automatic openworked watch ever produced. Yes indeed. This is of course enabled only by an ultra-thin caliber, and at the heart of this exceptional piece beats the world’s thinnest automatic openworked (skeleton) caliber, the 1200S — 2.4mm thin.
Note the black dauphine-style hands, the blackened platinum oscillating weight, and the black screws on the bridges. Also appreciable is the sunburst satin-finished plate and bridges.
So as to highlight the special event for which this piece was created, the caseback includes engraving “Only Watch 2013 – unique piece”. In addition to aspects already mentioned above, the rest of the finishing is “standard” (read: “exceptional”) for the Altiplano Skeleton watch, namely the hand-bevelled, hand-drawn bridges and plate, the circular and sunburst satin-brushed wheels, screws with polished heads and bevelled slots (in addition to the black screws on the plates and bridges), and the Piaget “P” fixed to the regulator assembly (seen at 6 o’clock below). The buckle on the strap is also black PVD finsihed (not pictured).
The price on the production white gold Altiplano is $60,000, which suggests that this particular piece should fetch well north of this, perhaps even $100k on a very good day, for the charitable cause.
This is really an exquisite piece by many standards. A good choice by Piaget for the 2013 Only Watch event.