Timeless classicism SIHH 2013: The Piaget Altiplano Date
A new complication, a new double record for extreme slimness. For the very first time, an Altiplano is equipped with a date display, while also taking its place as the world’s thinnest watch in its category in terms of both the movement and the case. Automatic Caliber 1205P is a mere 3 mm thick, while the case of the new Piaget Altiplano Date measures only 6.36 mm thick.
As the 12th movement specifically dedicated to the Altiplano Collection, Caliber 1205P was developed on the basis of the 1208P presented by Piaget in 2010. Loyal to the signature codes of the latter, it also drives an off-centered small seconds indication, and for the first time displays the date. In addition, it is distinguished from its illustrious predecessor by being fitted inside a slightly smaller 40 mm case – the perfect size to accommodate it. The sapphire crystal case back reveals the full wealth of a movement entirely developed and manufactured in-house by Piaget. No less than 221 parts patiently designed, produced and assembled by hand combine to form an intricate and supremely delicate mechanical composition.
Pure esthetic appeal
The esthetic of the Altiplano Date is governed by a concern to ensure an aura of elegant understatement. The result is a timelessly pure model destined to become an authentic classic capable of finding its way unscathed through passing successive eras. Crafted in various versions of white gold, rose gold or rose gold set with 72 diamonds (approx. 1 ct), the 40 mm case was specially designed to house Caliber 1205P. A movement graced with traditional finishes such as circular Côtes de Genève, a circular-grained mainplate, beveled bridges, sunray-brushed wheels, blued screws, a dedicated index-assembly, as well as a rose gold micro-rotor engraved with the Piaget coat of arms.
The three-level dial carries all the distinguishing features of Piaget’s ultra-thin automatic models. In keeping with the tradition of off-centered indicators, the date display at 9 o’clock strikes a perfect balance with the small seconds at 5 o’clock. Like all automatic Altiplano models, the dial reveals a subtly alternating pattern of single and double hour-markers, as well as discreetly bearing the inscription “Automatic”.