Pursuing the year 2017 celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of its Altiplano line and of its ultra-thin 9P movement, Piaget unveils the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic, a record-holder as well as symbol of elegance. In a world where records tend to be beaten by mere tenths of a millimetre, this watch lays a new milestone at just 4.30 mm thick. Like the 900P concept movement, the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic breaks free of the distinction between movement and exterior elements, to set a new record: that of the world’s thinnest automatic watch.
Designed as an inseparable whole, the movement and case form a single entity, with the latter serving as a mainplate to which the 219 components are affixed. Pared down to extremes, some of the parts are barely thicker than a hair’s breadth, including certain wheels measuring just 0.12 mm thick (compared with 0.20 mm on a traditional movement). This architecture has led to a reversed movement construction, with the bridges fitted on the dial side – an approach that contributes to the aesthetic of the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic, since they are now visible through the front of the watch.