Piaget : With Altiplano, Piaget created an icon with a powerful identity

Piaget Altiplano Chronograph 

Case : world’s thinnest hand-wound flyback chronograph timepiece (8.24mm), 18K pink gold (also available in set white gold set with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds ~1.8 cts), sapphire see-through case-back, water-resistant to 30m Size : 41 mm Movement : world’s thinnest hand-wound flyback chronograph movement (Piaget caliber 883P, 4.65mm, 50h power reserve), 240 components, circular Côtes de Genève finishing, circular-grained mainplate, beveled bridges, engraved mainplate with the Piaget coat-of-arms, blued screws  Functions : hours, minutes, small second at 6’, chronograph with flyback function and 30min counters at 3’, 2nd time zone at 9’  Dial : sunburst satin-brushed finish, baton-type hands  Strap : Alligator leather, 18K pink (or white) gold ardillon buckle


Altiplano Gold Bracelet

Case : 18K white gold case (also available with bezel set with 68 brilliant-cut diamonds ~0.6 ct), sapphire see-through case-back, water-resistant to 30m Diameter :34 or 38mm Movement : mechanical self-winding movement (caliber 534P, 42h power reserve), circular Côtes de Genève finshing, circular-grained mainplate and bevelled bridges Functions : hours, minutes Dial : white with slate-grey hour-markers Strap : 18K white gold bracelet with folding clasp

With its 4.65mm movement and its 8.24mm case meaning double slimness record, the Altiplano Chronograph sets a new crowning touch to the already impressive array of Piaget timepieces distinguished by legendary slenderness. For the very first time, this emblematic line from the Manufacture welcomes a major complication, a newcomer to the range of 37 Piaget in-house movements and one that is cherished by all authentic Haute Horlogerie connoisseurs : the hand-wound chronograph. Two years of development went into bringing to life this twin feat, developed by in-house watchmakers and developers who sought to achieve extremely slim executions all around, whether for the cannon-pinion (0.12mm), the barrel staff (0.115mm), the chronograph gear finger (0.06mm), as well as for the finesse of the dial, of the hand fittings and of the glass fastening. With its column-wheel responsible for coordinating all its phases, and its vertical coupling-clutch system ensuring perfect precision, this finely crafted movement is visible through the transparent case-back. It features the aesthetic refinement of finishes performed in keeping with the noblest watchmaking traditions : circular Côtes de Genève, a circular-grained mainplate, bevelled bridges, sunburst wheels and blued screws. The quest for purity is reflected in the counters that are not hollowed as is usually the case, but instead appear on the same level as the rest of the dial. These evanescent elements accentuate the smoothness of a face character-ized by uncluttered elegance and perfect readability. Along with its flyback function, the Altiplano Chronograph thus clearly displays small seconds at 6 o’clock and a 24-hour dual-time indication at 9 o’clock.  Available in pink gold or white gold set with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds, it is bound to appeal to a dynamic clientele with an equally self-assured penchant for classicism.


Movie star Jessica Chastain. “I love the Possession ring. Ever since I’ve worn rings, I’ve always been the girl who likes to turn my rings on my fingers. And how incredible that it’s actually designed to turn! It feels playful and as I wear it, I am constantly in a meditative state. I am always turning it. It is very addictive”.


Altiplano Gold Bracelet

Case : 18K pink gold case (also available with bezel set with 68 brilliant-cut diamonds ~0.6 ct), sapphire see-through case-back, water-resistant to 30m Diameter :34 or 38mm Movement : mechanical self-winding movement (caliber 534P, 42h power reserve), circular Côtes de Genève finshing, circular-grained mainplate and beveled bridges  Functions : hours, minutes Dial : white with slate-grey hour-markers Strap : 18K pink gold bracelet with folding clasp


For the first time in the history of the Altiplano collection, Piaget treats these ultra-thin timepieces to a gold bracelet and unveils six refined interpretations. Designed for both men and women (available in 34 mm and 38 sizes), the new range encompasses pink and white gold versions in two different diameters and fitted with a polished or gem-set bezel. The new Altiplano Gold Bracelet collection beats to the rhythm of a Manufacture Piaget 534P mechanical self-winding movement, signalled by the word “Automatic” appearing on the opaline white dial. Like all movements from the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget, its finishes are executed in keeping with the finest watchmaking traditions and feature circular Côtes de Genève, a circular-grained mainplate and beveled bridges. The supple feel of the bracelet ensures a perfectly comfortable fit for all models, while its graceful curves smoothly extend the harmonious case aesthetic and understated dial. Ideal ergonomics, soft lines and an integrated clasp all contribute to its refined nature. Its style will inspire casual-chic aesthetes for whom elegance is a natural part of daily living.


As an additional and addictive pleasure, the new Possession ring celebrates its 25th anniversary and becomes a must-have item in this ultra-connected, ultra-fast-paced contemporary world. Touching your ring gives you a chance to touch base with yourself and enjoy a ritual break, whether conscious or unconscious. No matter what the amplitude of the movement, just a few millimeters or a complete turn, the ring exudes positive energy. In its jewelry version, it doubles up the ritual with two independent rotating bands. This unique character echoes the expectations of today’s woman – a city girl free of all dictates, who changes from denim to cocktail wear in a blink of an eye, just like Jessica Chastain, international ambassador for the Maison Piaget.

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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