The pre-SIHH 2019 rush has started… so hang on close and prepare for a volley of curiosities. This year Piaget goes for a galactic touch and has given its super slender Altiplano a dial produced using a fragment of meteorite. Countering our natural attraction with a flying tourbillon, this restricted version Altiplano is lit up with jewels on the bezel. We were sufficiently lucky to get our hands on this Piaget model before it will be officially uncovered in Geneva next January.
School of Rock
As Brice referenced in his grasp on inclusion of the other pre-SIHH 2019 Altiplano – additionally with a meteorite dial – this new Altiplano doesn’t consider a historic oddity from Piaget. The Altiplano is something of a symbol in Piaget’s line-up and commended its 60th commemoration in 2016; ultra-slight developments are a lot of an in-house forte, and the flying tourbillon has showed up on a few Altiplano models as of now. Indeed, even the choice to utilize a meteorite dial fits in entirely well with Piaget’s longstanding relationship with rocks. One of only a handful few watch brands with a similarly solid spotlight on fine adornments, Piaget became well known during the 1960s and 70s with its trying utilization of outlandish, brilliant stone dials (onyx, turquoise, tiger’s eye, and so forth) Piaget’s cool stone dial watches were made conceivable gratitude to the improvement of slender movements.
The famous super slight mechanical hand-wound 9P type, presented in 1957 was a simple 2mm thick, and after three years, the house dispatched the Caliber 12P, the world’s most slender programmed development at simply 2.3mm high. All the more as of late, Piaget’s progressing fight for super slight developments has brought about the 1200P of 2010 and the exceptional 2mm-thick Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept presented at the 2018 SIHH. For a current audit of the competitors in the fight for super flimsy, don’t miss Brice’s comparative investigation .
From the start of time
Meteorites are essentially lumps of flotsam and jetsam from space rocks or comets that crash into Earth or the Moon and date from the actual beginnings of time when the disastrous occasions that brought about galaxies exploded in space. The entrancing confusing examples are framed when the stone touches off in the climate and are known as Widmanstätten designs, commonplace of the solidified nickel-iron constructions found inside iron meteorites.
Having a bit of space meteorite on your wrist certainly adds a galactic measurement to time. On account of this Altiplano, the meteorite has been colored blue. Cutting meteorite into slender cuts isn’t the most effortless of errands and Piaget’s experience in gemstone slicing proved to be useful to trim it down to estimate and fit in its super meager Altiplano case.
Case and dial
The 41mm case with its tallness of 7.4mm is an exemplary Altiplano pink gold case adorned with splendid cut jewels on the bezel and a briolette precious stone set in the crown. The differentiation of the pink gold and jewels with the blue meteorite dial is sensational yet exquisite. The dial highlights two off-focused components, the hours and minutes at 8 o’clock and the gap for the flying tourbillon at 2 o’clock.
This unpredictable situating functions admirably here giving the capacities a sort of planetary/circling feel, and furthermore reproducing the figure 8, a Piaget signature. The hours and minutes are shown by brilliant implement hands and meager hour markers, much the same as those included on numerous other Altiplano dials. The flying tourbillon, which bends over as a little seconds register, includes an extension with a ‘P’ for Piaget in its centre.
Ultra-meager hand-wound tourbillon Caliber 670P
The 2019 Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon is outfitted with type 670P, a super slender hand-wound tourbillon estimating 30.6mm in width and with a stature of simply 4.6mm. Beating at 21,600vph, the watch has a force hold of 48 hours. The completions remember round graining for the plate, hand-angled extensions with roundabout Côtes de Genève, sunburst brushed wheels, dark screws and a hand-sloped flying tourbillon cage.
An exquisite tourbillon complication set against an uncommon setting with a super lean profile, the Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon has a ton making it work. The surprising examples scratched into the meteorite on its pioneering trail to Earth, the unpredictable arrangement of the capacities and the jewel set pink gold case are attractive, without a doubt. Maybe the lone conflicting note – and it works in all cases with all Altiplano Tourbillons – is the fairly particular and obsolete tourbillon confine with the focal ‘P’.
The Altiplano Tourbillon comes on a coordinating blue croc tie with a 18k gold pin clasp. A restricted release of only 28 watches, the Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon retails for EUR 110,000 (before charges). For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, counsel www.piaget.com .