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Back to the origin at Piaget
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Back to the origin at Piaget

Monday, 12 April 2021
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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Piaget has never forgotten the irresistible appeal of watches that are both simple and beautifully refined. The House unveils the latest interpretation of this theme with the Altiplano Origin.

Piaget has created many celebrated watches during almost eight decades as a manufacture, but the collection for which it is especially famed is the Altiplano. The Altiplano watches are the ultimate expression of the Maison ultrathin savoir-faire. The origins of the Altiplano go right back to the first ultrathin Piaget dress watches that were born from the creation of the hand-wound 9P calibre in 1957, one of the slimmest mechanical movements of the era. It was followed by the 2.3mm 12P calibre of 1960, which instantly captured a record for being the thinnest self-winding movement ever made. Since then, Piaget has set further records by creating ultra-thin movements across the whole range of horological categories from skeleton and diamond-set skeleton watches to those featuring date displays and others powered by automatic and manual-winding mechanisms.

Altiplano Origin rose gold © Piaget
Altiplano Origin rose gold © Piaget

In 2020, the Maison has also been responsible for the thinnest mechanical watch in the world, the Altiplano Ultimate Concept which is only 2mm thin, a fitting tribute to 60 years as “the king of ultra-thin”. The name “Altiplano” as we know it today, was introduced in 1998 to describe an ongoing line of ultra-thin and superbly elegant designs – the latest of which is the Altiplano Origin 35mm, the first 35mm Altiplano to be fitted with the self-winding 501P movement. Both the gold case and the movement are produced entirely in-house – thus creating a ‘perfect pair’ for men and women cuff watches, dazzling gem-setting and the fearless use of colour. Available in beautifully understated form with a plain rose gold case, or with rose or white gold cases featuring bezels subtly adorned with 76 brilliant-cut diamonds set by Piaget’s master jewellers, the Altiplano Origin 35mm exudes quiet elegance in every guise.

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