In 1957, Piaget revolutionised the watchmaking world by launching an ultra-thin watch defining the codes of a new elegance. With the Altiplano a legendary timepiece was born and to mark its 60th anniversary, Piaget is dedicating the year 2017 to this watch. Celebrated by a limited numbered edition, it also welcomes for the first time a tourbillon and lights up with original radiating colors. Through this new Altiplano anniversary collection, elegance reveals itself ever more precisely.
The ultra-thin 9P manual-winding movement became an instant legend when presented in 1957. Being just 2mm thick, the 9P was universally hailed for the elegance of its profile, as well as for its performance and reliability. Above all, it enabled a broader 20.5mm dial opening, heralding a new watchmaking aesthetic, while facilitating the construction of a remarkably slim timepiece. Three years later, Piaget introduced the 12P, a ultra-thin self-winding movement measuring just 2.3mm. And was now a specialist of ultra-thin horology.
These two revolutionary calibres enabled the manufacturer to focus firmly on the modern nature of ultra-thinness and thereby invent a new horological design vocabulary. The slenderness of the movements unleashed creativity in terms of both dials and cases, thereby highlighting Piaget’s unique style.
Representing the peak of timeless distinction, the ultra-thin Piaget watch is endowed with finely balanced proportions. The aesthetic delicacy of its case is extended by a large dial epitomising ageless restraint. The generous face is graced by a subtle alternation between slim single and double hour-markers, swept over by slender baton-type hands confirming this art of understatement. Renowned for its perfect ergonomics, the ultra-thin Piaget watch radiates an allure that immediately delights clients looking for style stripped of anything superfluous.
The ultra-thin Piaget model has evolved over the decades in sync with the times. Loyal to its reputation, Altiplano is celebrating its anniversary with its characteristic elegance.
The Art of Color: Altiplano 34mm pink dial, Altiplano 40 mm patinated dial in grey, blue, green
Embedded at the heart of Piaget’s creative signature characteristics, color and light naturally find their place within the anniversary collection. The dials with their graded shades radiate a refreshing mood.
The vivid pink transitions from a more intense to a softer shade, framed by a case in polished white gold or diamond-set white gold. At the heart of these two watches beats the calibre 430P, a worthy heir to the hand-wound Piaget 9P movement.
The trio of Altiplano 40mm models also come in daring colors. Accentuated by a white gold case and hour-markers, slate grey takes on various nuances. Midnight blue strikes a beautiful contrast with pink gold while pine green slides towards emerald green while surrounded by a yellow gold case. They are all fitted with the 1203P movement which was inspired by the calibre 1205P, a self-winding mechanical movement.
The New Classics: Altiplano Manual-Winding 38mm and Self-Winding 43 mm
This two models are inspired by the aesthetic characteristics of the first ultra-thin Piaget watches: an historical logo, applied gold hour-markers and a central cross. Each watch features a sunburst dial in the historical Piaget blue somewhere between cobalt and midnight blue.
Piaget has the 43mm diameter model equipped with the calibre 1200P, the result of a three-year development process. It is fitted in a white gold case with a sapphire crystal, the latter an invitation to admire the finishing of the movement, such as the bevelled bridges adorned with circular Côtes de Genève, the circular-grained mainplate, the satin-brushed steel parts and the blued screws.
At the heart of the new Altiplano 38mm-diameter model beats a manual-winding calibre 430P. This movement has established itself as a worthy hier to the 9P.
The Radiance of Hard Stones: Piaget Altiplano Natural Turquoise Dial and Altiplano Open Dial
With these watches, Piaget revives one of its style signatures: flamboyant hard stone dials. In the 1960s, the 9P ultra-thin manual-winding calibre opened up all manner of possibility for ornamentation and color and the vivid color enlivened the dials and overturned traditional design codes. In 2017, Altiplano flaunts the unique radiance of each stone. The dials is thus adorned with a turquoise and its accentuated by white gold set with 72 brillant-cut diamonds. The second timepiece features a white open dial enhanced by a pink gold crown also set with diamonds.
Altiplano Tourbillon High Jewellery
With this model, Piaget adds a tourbillon to the Altiplano collection for the first time. This new calibre, the 670P ultra-thin mechanical manual winding tourbillon movement measures just 4.6mm thick. It provides a power-reserve of 48 hours.
To accentuate the airy beauty of the flying tourbillon, this watch comes with a flinqué enamel dial. A offset sunburst guilloché motif is enhanced by the grey-blue shade of the dial. The case, lugs and buckle are set with baguette- and brillant-cut diamonds, creating a fascinating radiance.
With this Altiplano anniversary collection, Piaget presents new watches born from a symbiosis between Fine Watchmaking and High Jewellery. Through its uncluttered, minimalist design and its signature aesthetic, this collection spans the entire spectrum of elegance.