A couple of years ago Piaget released the Altiplano 900P, which was remarkable for being the world’s thinnest manual-wind watch at its release. Since then, Piaget have consolidated the importance of the Altiplano to their collection and this year, introduced a new ‘high jewellery’ model, called the Altiplano 900D. It is, of course, another ‘first’, the thinnest manual-wind watch with a case and dial covered with diamonds, all three hundred and four of them (5.77 carats). The ‘D’ of the name is for ‘diamonds’.
It is still incredibly thin but of course the addition of so many stones comes with a smidgen of added thickness; it is now 5.60mm, still incredibly svelte, as well as setting a new record as the world’s slimmest ‘haute joaillerie’ watch. How they managed to create a watch so thin is mostly down to the merging of the case and movement i.e. the core structure. The back does double duty as the mainplate. The movement has 21,600VPH with a power reserve of 48 hours.
The now familiar open-worked movement and dial is now glittering with round-cut, snow-drop and brilliant-cut diamonds, the bezel of the 18 carat white gold 38m watch with baguette-cut stones. Even the screws are set with diamonds.
This new Piaget Altiplano 900D comes on a black alligator strap and is not a limited edition model. The RRP is EUR 139,000.