The slim-cut elegance of unmistakable precision.
Piaget is a master in the world of ultra-slim mechanical watches. Out of its 35 in-house calibres, 23 belong to this category. Its foundation in the slender watch silhouette has its origins way back in 1874 when founder Georges Edouard Piaget established a name for himself making incredibly slim high-precision components for leading watch brands of the day. This recognition eventually led him to form the Piaget brand in 1943, built on the rich history of this expertise.
Creating a slim profile may not appear to be an engineering feat, but neither is it simply about attaining elegance in form. Making these parts two or even three times thinner than they usually are, requires intricacy in every detail. And that in itself, is an art.
The Altiplano series is testament to the Maison’s level of mastery in ultra-thin movements. The latest in this line, the Tourbillon Infinite Blue trio of watches embody this svelteness, with a touch of luxurious elegance. The limited edition novelty trio house the ultra-thin Altiplano flying tourbillon, introduced three years ago in honour of its 60th anniversary. Made entirely in-house, this manual winding movement features 157 ultra-thin and ultra-light components, including a carriage that measures a mere 2.88mm, and three featherweight titanium bridges weighing no more than 0.2g.
The mesmerising deep blue dial on all three of the watches, features the distinctive gem-set layout showcasing the time at eight o’clock and the tourbillon at two o’clock, forming the shape that represents infinity and the number 8 – the luckiest digit in Chinese tradition.
All three editions come in stately 41 mm 18-karat white gold cases paired with blue alligator straps.
The Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Edition of 38 pieces, is possibly the subtlest of the three. Embellished with 138 diamonds lining its bezel, lugs, buckle, and dial, attention is drawn particularly to its blue sunburst PVD dial featuring the diamond-encircled 670P flying tourbillon movement and off-centred hour and minute counter.
Echoing the Maison’s audacious style is the Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Edition 18 with its hypnotising swirl of 276 diamonds that perpetuate the figure 8 motif. If the number 8 is believed to bring luck, then this rendition brings this symbol of fortune to infinity.
The most exclusive of all, this limited-edition version of 8 pieces is adorned with baguette diamonds – a cut chosen to intensify the blue dial and bedazzle the bezel. This design element is complemented by brilliant-cut diamonds gracing the lugs, buckle and case (profile & back), bringing it to a count of 386 diamonds.
Be dazzled by the Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Edition available at your nearest Piaget boutique.
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