The soul of timepieces is the ultimate goal of Piaget’s fine watchmaking. The brand combines the world-renowned ultra-thin movement technology with extraordinary jewellery craftsmanship, breaking the ultra-thin limit again, and turning dreams into shining reality. The thickness of this outstanding Altiplano 38mm 900D watch is only 5.6mm, which perfectly reflects Piaget’s innovative spirit and unremitting pursuit of extreme thinness, adding glory to the brand’s heritage of ultra-thin watchmaking for more than half a century. One stroke. The case of this extremely chic watch is integrated with the movement, and the secret of the gear can be seen through the diamond-set cover. Not only that, the Altiplano 38mm 900D also brought the gem setting technology to a new and exquisite peak, making it the world’s thinnest fine jewelry watch. The unique and attractive design of this watch is suitable for men and women. It is a sublimation of Piaget’s perfect craftsmanship.
Pushing the limits of slimness
In 2014, to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Piaget, the brand released a revolutionary watch: the Altiplano 38mm 900P. This elegant and extraordinary watch set a new ultra-thin record. In addition to the 3.65 mm ultra-thin body, the most amazing thing is its bold design-the case is also the main plate of the movement, the movement Integrated with the case, 145 mechanical parts are directly mounted on the bottom case. The Altiplano 38mm 900P’s ultra-thin record-breaking integrated design truly shows the strength of the brand’s two own watchmaking workshops: the watchmaking workshop in La Côte aux Fées specializes in making movements, while the The watchmaking workshop is specialized in producing watch cases. The case, dial and sapphire crystal case back must be perfectly joined to protect the precious movement, and this challenge took three full years to complete. By 2016, the fine jewelry model of this ultra-thin classic watch was finally born.
Diamond delicate makeup movement
The spirit of the brand ‘Always do better than required’ drives Piaget to continue to meet challenges and strive for excellence. For Piaget, the movement has always been an important part of watch design. In the La Côte-aux-Fées and Plan-les-Ouates workshops, more than 40 professionals from different fields have shown their talents for the movement design. The use of extraordinary jewellery technology on watches is the best expression of the brand’s watchmaking arts. Only the most skilled jewellery craftsmen can complete the work of decorating jewelry in the movement. The movements using this technology include: 900D Movement; rose gold 838D hand-winding small second hand skeletonized movement; white gold 1200D self-winding skeleton movement set with 259 round brilliant-cut diamonds, it is the thinnest of its kind; inlaid 71 The 1270D self-winding skeletonized movement with two baguette-cut diamonds and 561 round brilliant-cut diamonds are the thinnest in the world.
Piaget jewellery master, beauty of light art
Ultra-thin watchmaking is Piaget’s brand gene, and the art of jewelry setting also represents Piaget’s historical heritage. Jewelry masters are true light and shadow artists. Their unique vision and precise taste can make jewelry show amazing technical characteristics. In the field of ultra-thin watchmaking, limited by the slim contours and the ultra-thin case, the design of the watch allows only very small tolerances, and at the same time there is only very limited space for gem setting. The Altiplano 38mm 900D watch is set with 5.77 carats of diamonds, setting the record for the world’s thinnest fine jewelry watch with a thickness of 5.6 mm. The watch is made of 304 diamonds with different cutting techniques-the frame and the bezel are set with rectangular cut diamonds, and the lugs and the center of the case are set with round brilliant-cut diamonds-from Piaget’s exquisite craftsmanship. . In addition, in order to further highlight the unique performance of the movement, the jewellery master embeds gems in the main splint by snowflake inlay. This exquisite technique randomly arranges diamonds of different sizes, close to each other, and covers the precious metal material below, creating a scene of sunlight blooming and jumping in the snow. In addition to the tedious craftsmanship and the minimum construction period of four days, the gem selection stage also requires extremely high standards. To further demonstrate the brand’s ultimate pursuit of perfect appearance, the Altiplano 38mm 900D bridge screws and gears are set with gems. At the same time, the sturdy case back and folding buckle are also decorated with beautiful diamonds.
Altiplano is a milestone in Piaget ultra-thin watches. Altiplano (Spanish) is a plateau in central South America. It is located in the middle of the Andes, with an average altitude of 3650 meters. It is one of the highest human settlements in the world. Altiplano 38mm 900P pays tribute to the Altiplano plateau with its thickness of 3.65 mm. At the same time, the 900P is to commemorate Piaget’s first ultra-thin hand-wound movement in 1957, the 9P movement. The 9P movement is only 2 mm thick, which successfully established Piaget’s position in the ultra-thin watchmaking field. In 1960, Piaget set a new record with the 12P movement. The thickness of this movement was only 2.3 mm, which became the world’s thinnest automatic winding movement at that time. Since then, the brand has successively refreshed many ultra-thin manual and automatic winding movements. Records, some are more equipped with complex functions. In fact, out of the brand’s 35 self-developed and manufactured movements, as many as 23 are ultra-thin movements, of which 12 have rewritten the record of ultra-thin movements in the past few years, such as the world’s most thin manual The 600T chain tourbillon movement and the 1209P movement with small seconds automatic winding are also the thinnest of its kind. The 430P caliber, born in 1998, replaced the 9P caliber and joined the brand’s ultra-thin caliber movement. The name of Altiplano was thus opened.
Piaget Altiplano 38MM 900D
The world’s thinnest hand-wound high jewelry mechanical watch
Movement and case merge into one
Case diameter 38 mm, 18K white gold base set with 38 baguette-cut diamonds (approximately 1.36 carats) and 266 round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximately 1.86 carats)
Crown set with a round brilliant-cut diamond (~ 0.06 ct)
Dial set with 33 baguette-cut diamonds (approximately 1.34 carats)
Black Button Hands
Black alligator strap
Triple buckle set with 23 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.05 ct)
Mechanical movement with manual winding, snowflake-set Piaget 900D movement
Development time: 3 years
Movement gem setting time: 4 days
Power reserve: about 48 hours
Vibration frequency: 21600 times per hour / 3Hz
Thickness: 5.65 mm (case with movement)
Number of gems: 20
Function: Off-centre hour and minute hands at 10 o’clock
Number of parts: 145 (case with movement)
Detail modification: round beautiful diamond inlaid ring matte main splint, snowflake inlaid table bridge, gears polished in the radial shape of the sun, screws inlaid with round brilliant cut diamonds, special power correction system engraved Piaget ‘P’ logo
Water resistance: 2 ATM