Watches & Wonders: Piaget

Following the launch of the Piaget Polo Skeleton earlier this year, the Maison unveiled new skeleton models with 18 karat gold cases along with a small surprise…

One of only a handful of watch Maisons equipped with its own gold foundry and precious metal case-making facility, Piaget has long been renowned for its expertise in crafting gold. One in plain rose gold; one in white gold with a diamond-set bezel both available in September 2021; and two fully paved versions.

For the new gold-cased versions of the Piaget Polo Skeleton, the Maison has taken its already exquisite ultra-thin, self-winding movement – which measures a wafer-like 2.4mm – and pared it down in order to place its key components at centre stage, allowing the world outside a glimpse of the mechanical marvel that is more usually seen only by the watchmakers.

Last November, Piaget was proud to receive the recognition of the international watch community for creating the world’s thinnest mechanical timepiece when the Altipano Ultimate Concept scooped the coveted “Aiguille d’Or” at 2020’s prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).

Each Altiplano Ultimate Concept creation is entrusted to a single watchmaker in the Côte-aux-Fées due to the unique skills required to work on one of the most technically advanced timepieces of the 21st century.

The movement baseplate is machined directly into an ultra-resistant cobalt alloy case which is so thin that 0.12mm separates the movement from the wearer’s skin. Other parts have been drastically re-sized, with wheels being reduced from a conventional 0.20mm thick to 0.12mm and the sapphire crystal being pared-down by 80 per cent to just 0.2mm. The dial’s off-centre position, meanwhile, meant that a conventional, straight winding stem could not be used – a problem Piaget solved by the creation of a patented “staggered” stem.