Amongst Piaget’s offerings this year was an addition to their successful Altiplanos – a new 40mm case with a date display, 3mm smaller than their previous model and both more accessible to a larger number of people and, intentionally or otherwise, also more manageable for women.
Inside the new 40mm is the Piaget Cal. 1205P, the world’s thinnest automatic movement with date – a mere 3mm high. The watch itself is just 6.36 mm high. This is not a difficult watch to like and I imagine that it will do pretty well.
Alongside this was another Altiplano, the 38mm Ultra-Thin Skeleton, which is now in rose gold with Ruthenium coated bridges. The rotor is actually in platinum, but plated in rose gold for aesthetic reasons. As well as the rose gold it is also available in bejewelled versions.
A new model which was being used by Piaget in their banner advertising around Geneva at this time was a new women’s jewellery watch line, the Limelight Gala, consisting of six new white gold and yellow gold references in 32mm and 38mm cases with an amalgamated ’69’ design based on a historical model from 1973.
This is quite a simple, elegant and distinctive case/ (extended) lug design, and I particularly like that it is coming in a larger 38mm size, a nod to the fact that increasing numbers of women are drawn to larger watches. Each of the six new model has diamonds to varying degrees, so the chances are that they are pretty much a dressy evening watch.
And finally the piece de resistance of Piaget’s 2013 collection, which I unfortunately did not get the opportunity to get a photo of – the Emperador Coussin Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater. What the brand is calling its ‘double record holder’. With a movement (Cal. 1270P) that is 4.8mm high and a case of 9.4 mm high, this is the thinnest minute repeater on the market. It has some 407 parts to its movement alone. The repeater slide is reversed and its sound at 74 decibels. boasts a double record with both the slimmest case and movement in the world for a self-winding minute repeater. It is in a 48 mm rose gold case, and Piaget state that the finishing on this watch’s calibre is at their highest ever standard.
One final interesting item to note about this watch is that Piaget has engraved their motto on the movement – “Toujours faire mieux que necessaire – La Cote-aux-Fees” (“Always do better than necessary”).