Two years prior, for the SIHH 2017, Piaget divulged a few new watches (just about an assortment) for its smash hit symbol of the super meager idea, the Altiplano 60th commemoration releases , just as a progression of bolder varieties with vivid dials . In light of a similar idea of a super slim piece with incredible thoughtfulness regarding the dial, Piaget presents, as a feature of the pre-SIHH 2019 curiosities, another variant of the Altiplano Automatic 40mm, this time with a meteorite dial. Also, we got the opportunity to get our hands on it path before January.
In terms of essential details, this new form isn’t a genuine curiosity. It depends on a similar base – case and development – as the bright 40mm Altiplano Automatic we looked into here, on MONOCHROME , back in 2017. So no significant astonishments on this front, albeit this hasn’t restricted Piaget’s imaginative way to deal with the dial since we need to concede, this new meteorite release is pleasant.
The instance of the new Piaget Altiplano Automatic Meteorite is made of 18k pink gold – a shading that is known to be a decent match with anthracite dials. Following Piaget’s custom, the case is clearly slender and cautious. The case is 40mm in width, altogether cleaned for a conventional look and measures just 6.5mm in stature. This probably won’t be the most slender Altiplano Automatic ever – this title goes to the Ultimate 910P and its 4.3mm profile, notwithstanding, this watch is a genuine type of slimness and depends on a few complex specialized arrangements (caseback bending over as the mainplate and a fringe rotor).
The Piaget Altiplano Automatic 40mm Meteorite Dial is a slim watch that shows all the exemplary credits of the model: level cleaned bezel, dainty straight carries, level casebands. Given that the development is programmed, the crown is additionally moderate. Complementing the dial is a dim croc leather tie with a 18K pink gold pin clasp. Altogether, a rich, proportional dress watch.
The inventiveness of this new Piaget Altiplano Automatic 40mm lies in its dial, which for this situation is a meager cut of meteorite. Showing a metallic dim tone, the dial is decorated with pink gold applied records and hands. The example of the meteorite is the consequence of the crystallization of the stone, implying that no two watches will have a comparable dial. The example likewise gives an all the more enthusiastic look to the generally rather basic Altiplano. The combination of shading between the dial and the case is warm and elegant.
Powering the watch is the attempted and-tried calibre 1203P – a development that depends on the 1200P, or the reliable beneficiary of the amazing programmed type 12P. This development is twisted by a miniature rotor and is flimsy, very thin… indeed, it gauges only 3mm in tallness yet gives a comfortable 44h force hold. The development, which works at 3Hz, is enjoyably gotten done with a round grained plate, slanted extensions with roundabout côtes de Genève, sunburst-brushed haggles screws – and, obviously, it is noticeable through the sapphire caseback.
Overall, this new Piaget Altiplano Automatic 40mm Meteorite Dial is a pleasant, rich and very unique watch. My solitary complaint would be about the date window at 3 o’clock, which gets a handle on a touch of spot. Some will like it, some won’t. This watch (ref. G0A44051) will be a restricted release of 300 pieces, estimated at CHF 24,500 before charges. More subtleties at piaget.com .