Piaget : Ultra-thin tempo

With 37 in-house developed calibers since 1956, including 25 ultra-thin ones having earned 14 slimness records, Piaget can easily justify its “Master of Ultra-Thin” slogan. This philosophy of favoring diminutive volumes also applies to its first hand-wound chronograph, the Altiplano Chronograph, of which the elegantly understated lines set a double slenderness record when presented to the media at the end of 2014. The 240 parts of the new Manufacture 883P take up a space just 4.65 mm thick and are all housed within a gem-set 8.24 mm-thick pink or white gold case. This feat of miniaturized performance is reflected in parts such as the tiny 0.06 mm fingerpiece! Aesthetes and Fine Watchmaking connoisseurs are bound to appreciate the sophistication of this caliber with its vertical coupling clutch and column wheel, driving both flyback and dual-time (at 9 o’clock) functions. It is adorned with eye-catching hand-crafted decorations : circular Côtes de Genève, a circular-grained mainplate, beveled bridges, sunburst wheels and blued screws.


Altiplano Chronograph

Case : 18K pink gold or white gold dial set with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.8 cts), sapphire back, water-resistant to 30m Size : 41 mm, world’s thinnest chronograph (8.24mm) Movement : mechanical hand-wound (Caliber 883P, 50h power reserve), world’s thinnest chronograph, vertical coupling clutch, column wheel, 240 parts, Haute Horlogerie decorations Functions : hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, dual-time display (at 9 o’clock) Dial : sunburst satin-brushed white Strap : alligator leather with pin buckle

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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