In 2014 Piaget released what was the thinnest manual-wind watch to date in the form of the 3.65mm thickness Altiplano 900P. At the SIHH 2018, they will launch a new record, with the presentation of the thinnest automatic watch made to date, a mere 4.30 mm thick and a natural development from the 900P movement.
The new Altiplano Ultimate Automatic collection of two 41mm sized models in 18k white gold and red gold doesn’t just reinforce their position at the top of the ‘ultra thin’ horological maison tree (see the link in the previous paragraph for some historical notes) but also gently nudge aside Bvlgari’s 2016 Octo Finissimo Automatic record breaker (5.15mm thick, with the BLV138 movement an incredible 2.23mm of that). The Bvlgari itself had become the record for the record for thinnest automatic movement on the market by beating Piaget Altiplano’s record of 2.35mm (Calibre 1208P). The Altiplano Ultimate Automatic’s pre-SIHH 2018 announcement, at the end of 2017, is also a notable way in which to end this, the year of the 60th birthday of the Altiplano and its original revolutionary 9P movement.
As those who are familiar with the recent history of the Altiplano can work out, the new Ultimate Automatic 910’s movement and case are intertwined, the case back serving as a main plate and supporting the entire movement. This new movement has 219 parts, including a suspended barrel supported by moving the single bridge to the dial side, and some of the parts are as minute as 0.12mm thick. The new movement beats at 21,600VPH, has a 50 hour power reserve, and a slim oscillating weight in 22k gold with black PVD coating that runs along the edge of the dial. In terms of finishing for this new 910P, it is a mix of satin-brushed and sandblasted, with sunburst or circular finishing and, of course, chamfered bridges.
The now familiar off-centre time display is integrated within the thickness of the calibre; in fact the dial and hands are set beneath the bridges on the front, to reduce the chances of any accidental contact (and thus damage) on them from pressure on the crystal.
Coming on a black alligator strap, the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P will have an RRP of EUR 24,000 for the pink gold model and EUR 24,900 for the white gold version.