Piaget prides itself on taking the skinny down to the bone. They built a reputation on record breaking thin watches. Witness the Calibre 600P, the thinnest hand-wound tourbillon and the 1208P, the thinnest self-winding movement with a micro-rotor. This year Piaget reached another milestone with the Calibre 1270P in the Coussin Emperador Tourbillon, the thinnest self-winding tourbillon with a low profile rising up just 10.4mm from the wrist. For the Only Watch auction, which benefits Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Piaget contributes for the 4th year in a row a unique Altiplano. A Black PVD treatment coats this 18K white gold Altiplano skeleton, a stealthy piece that exudes cool even against its more hearty counterparts. The Calibre 838P, which powers the watch, receives a beautiful finish with a sunray guilloché motif, and mainplate and bridges beveled, drawn out with a file and circular-grained by hand.
This Piaget Skeleton time only watch presents a sophisticated look with a dial that shows the time with polished Dauphine hands finished with pink go and a small seconds at 10’oclock.
Usually PVD treatment is reserved for sport watches set to contend with a bit of rough and tumble. In a dress watch, which this is, the most action it might receive is a rough handshake in the office or a carelessly spilled Scotch at a dinner party. I like the new look and wonder if Piaget might try the same dress on a different model in their more formal lineup.