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Piaget’s Altiplano is out of this world
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Piaget’s Altiplano is out of this world

Wednesday, 16 January 2019
By The FHH Journal editors
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Piaget begins 2019 with three new Altiplano watches, confirming its expertise in extra-thin movements and gem-setting techniques – not forgetting a long tradition of hardstone dials, which now include meteorite.

The 36mm Altiplano High Jewellery is an essential model in the elegant collection of Piaget, speaking to the feminine wearer and those who appreciate classic watch proportions alike. For the first time, it comes set with baguette diamonds on the bezel and dial, and a sunray-brushed dial in Piaget Blue, limited to an edition of 88 pieces.

Altiplano 36 mm, white gold, bezel set, Caliber 430P extra-flat with manual winding © Piaget
Altiplano 36 mm, white gold, bezel set, Caliber 430P extra-flat with manual winding © Piaget

The celestial influence becomes even more pronounced in the 41mm white-gold Altiplano Tourbillon, distinguished by a blue meteorite dial encircled by diamonds. Hours and minutes are indicated via the hallmark Piaget Altiplano baton hands and indices at eight o’clock, while the whirling dance of the flying tourbillon at the two o’clock position recalls the rotation of planetary bodies in a dark blue firmament.

Altiplano 41 mm, white gold, bezel set, Caliber 1200P extra-flat self-winding © Piaget
Altiplano 41 mm, white gold, bezel set, Caliber 1200P extra-flat self-winding © Piaget

The distinctive lines on the surface of the meteorite are known as Widmanstätten patterns, typical of the crystallized nickel-iron structures found within iron meteorites. This type of meteorite is speculated to date from the very beginnings of the cataclysmic events that result in the creation of solar systems. Just as diamonds are crystallized records of conditions deep within the earth, meteorites are crystallized records of the birth of galaxies.

Altiplano 40 mm, pink gold with meteorite dial, ultra-thin caliber 1203P self-winding © Piaget
Altiplano 40 mm, pink gold with meteorite dial, ultra-thin caliber 1203P self-winding © Piaget

The 41mm Altiplano Tourbillon, limited to 28 pieces, represents the height of Piaget’s prowess in gem-setting, decorative stone dials and ultra-thin high watchmaking. Completing the trio of Piaget’s SIHH creations is, fittingly, a watch that embodies the purest expressions of essential Piaget — the pink-gold 40mm Altiplano with grey meteorite dial and a simple distillation of time told in hours and minutes, with a date window at three o’clock.

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