In 1957, Piaget revolutionised the watchmaking world by launching an ultra-thin watch defining the codes of a new elegance. The unprecedented thinness of its profile and the purity of its dial endowed it with a restrained look that immediately earned it a place in watchmaking history. A legendary timepiece was born. To mark the 60th anniversary of the launch of its iconic model, the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget is dedicating the year 2017 to the Piaget Altiplano, by unveiling a limited-edition collection bearing the hallmark of supreme distinction.
Drawing upon the aesthetic codes of the first ultra-thin Piaget models, the new Piaget Altiplano Self-winding and Hand-winding watches vividly illustrate the creativity of the Maison, which is capable of revisiting an iconic model in order to meet today’s needs. Both are graced with a sunburst dial in the historical Piaget blue, a deep shade somewhere between cobalt and midnight blue representing a token of vintage elegance with a contemporary twist. Likewise, the understated blue cross, also picked up from historical Piaget models, engages in a fascinating visual dialogue with the applied white gold hour-markers and the slim baton-hands typical of the line.
The 43 mm diameter of the self-winding model emphasises the perfectly balanced lines of the Piaget Altiplano. The historical mention “Piaget Automatique”, which appeared on the very first ultra-thin timepiece by the Maison, is reproduced here with a subtle updating of the letter “A”. In honour of this large-sized ultra-thin watch, the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget has equipped it with Calibre 1200P, representing the fourth generation of its ultra-thin self-winding movements and measuring 2.35 mm thin.
The result of a full three-year development process, this exceptional modern calibre, presented in 2010 for the 50th anniversary of the legendary 12P, is a bridge between past and present, while paying homage to the Manufacture’s rich history. The 18k white gold case fitted with a sapphire crystal is an open invitation to admire the splendid finishing, such as the bevelled bridges adorned with circular Côtes de Genève, the circular- grained mainplate, the satin-brushed steel parts and the blued screws. Adopting the off-centred micro-rotor principle of the legendary calibre, the Self-Winding version reveals a gold oscillating weight engraved with the Piaget coat-of-arms.
At the heart of the new Piaget Altiplano 38 mm-diameter model beats Calibre 430P (2.1 mm thick). Representing the second generation of manual-winding movements, this calibre designed; developed, produced and decorated by the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie has established itself as a worthy heir to the 9P. Like the latter, universally acclaimed in 1957 for the beauty of its profile and its construction, Calibre 430P is renowned for its aesthetic appeal and its reliability. It confirms Piaget’s unique expertise in the demanding world of extreme thinness.
Through their pure, minimalist design and signature aesthetic, the new Piaget Altiplano Self- Winding 43mm and Manual-Winding 38 mm reveal a contemporary elegance that transcends existing genres. These two models herald a year brimming with events and new models to celebrate the anniversary of a watch expressing supreme distinction and consistently in tune with its times.