At the SIHH 2018, Piaget got everyone’s attention by smashing the world record for the thinnest mechanical watch subsequent to unveiling the Altiplano Ultimate Concept . Normally, it was nothing unexpected to see such an accomplishment from Piaget. Throughout the long term, the brand has established various world precedents of thinness with programmed or manual developments. Furthermore, records are intended to be broken. What shocked everyone was the amazing thinness of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept. At simply 2mm thick, it beat the 3.6mm tallness of the past record holder, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Squelette. A concept watch at that point , the inquiry was whether or not it could make it to the market. All things considered, the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept is currently accessible as a component of a bespoke customization service.
The journey for slenderness
For more than 60 years Piaget has resolutely sought after its mission for thinness. The production dominance of ultra-thin developments has fashioned the brand’s character and notoriety since 1957, when Valentin Piaget introduced the Caliber 9P, one of the thinnest mechanical developments – at simply 2mm. Since then, Piaget has continuously set achievements in the field. In 1960, the 2.3mm miniature rotor Caliber 12P was then the thinnest programmed movement.
With the 2.1mm Caliber 430P created by Piaget in this thousand years, the brand has continued its practice of crafting rich dress watches. Be that as it may, the assembling likewise invested in developing a progression of ultra-thin developments: programmed, skeleton, chronograph or ultra-thin tourbillon. The brand’s incomparability in ultra-thin has been tested by conventional parts in the field, for example, Audemars Piguet or Vacheron Constantin just as newcomer Bvlgari and its amazing Octo Finissimo adventure . With the introduction of the Altiplano Ultimate Concept, Piaget conveyed a great hit to the competition, a record that will be difficult to conquer.
A revolutionary Re-engineering
The Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept is an extreme redefinition of the design of a watch, resulting in the filing of no less than five licenses. Its total slimness has been accomplished by fusing the development’s mainplate, the situation and the bezel into one single component. To guarantee adequate unbending nature, it is molded out of a ultra-safe cobalt composite. All resistances have been decreased to minimum levels. For instance, the precious stone is just 0.2mm thick!
Several wheels pivot on metal balls, eliminating the requirement for spans. The equivalent goes for the equilibrium wheel. It is cantilevered and pivots straightforwardly on the caseback through metal rollers. The equilibrium wheel is a mono-coalition development. The equilibrium staff, the inner ring of the metal ball instrument and the roller structure an indivisible part. The hairspring is strangely positioned under the equilibrium wheel. The shortfall of an index get together is compensated by a movable stud. The metal roller mounted mainspring highlights no cover or drum and is integrated into a break machined straightforwardly into the caseback. Regardless of the slimness of the watch, the force hold of 40 hours is identical to that of numerous standard movements.
The crown has been completely re-engineered. It is level, adaptive (with its own, uncommonly planned winding instrument) and completely integrated into the caseband. The conventional sliding pinion grasp and crown wheel are subbed with a ‘infinite screw’. The unbalanced dial required the advancement of a protected ‘’staggered’ stem.
The hours and minutes show is integrated straightforwardly into the thickness of the development: the regular hour hand is supplanted with a revolving indicator circle while the minute hand works in the customary manner. A ultra-thin (1.5mm) crocodile leather or material tie sets the final touch and is fitted with a cobalt-composite pin buckle.
Bespoke customization service
This Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept is presently accessible for orders. It will, in any case, remain an uncommon watch, accessible in restricted amounts in the casing of a bespoke customization administration that will permit purchasers to choose an assortment of choices, including the shade of the extension and dial, the finish of the hands and of the mainplate or the tie. Altogether, there are in excess of 10,000 potential designs for the Altiplano Ultimate Concept! A product and extraordinary introduction set will be accessible in Piaget stores for this purpose.
Retail value begins at CHF 410,000 with the ‘standard’ customization choices. For more information, kindly visit www.piaget.com .