For this new edition of the SIHH, Piaget reinterprets the hard stone dials epitomising its style within its Altiplano line, ultra-thin icon and Art & Excellence ambassador. Deftly combining Fine Watchmaking mastery with the virtuoso skills of stone marquetry, the Altiplano welcomes a tourbillon and invites malachite and lapis lazuli to adorn its dial. For these two new creations, the dial has been entrusted to the expert hands of Hervé Obligi, Maître d’Art (Master of Arts).
First presented at the Basel Fair in 1957, the 9P calibre measuring just 2-mm thick opened up whole new vistas of visual expression. Its slenderness left more room for the dial, enabling Piaget to reverse its creative approach by no longer working around the watch face, but instead taking the latter as its starting point. Its purpose being to catch and hold the gaze and the use of coloured stones was a natural choice. Hard stones provide an exceptional palette of colours that designers explored in an extraordinarily fruitful manner. As of 1963, more than 30 different stones were to find their place in Piaget’s collection. Time could now be read in lapis lazuli, turquoise, coral, jade, tiger’s eye, malachite, opal… with or without diamonds.