Since its registration, Piaget has created some of horology’s finest luxury watches, including the Altiplano - the thinnest hand-wound mechanical watch on earth - and the Gouvernour, which uses the world’s slimmest tourbillon movement. The brand’s timepieces still have the telltale Piaget signature worked into the movement.
In the first 10 years of the 21st century, Piaget’s luxury watch manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates created 30 new movements. After nearly seven decades producing horological masterworks for other famous brands, and half a century spent perfecting its art under its own brand name, Piaget was ready to push the envelope of the possible. Its greatest creations were just around the corner.
Modern Piaget luxury watches define the unique combination of influences that make up true haute horlogerie. Sophisticated occasion watches effortlessly combine precise complications with detailed ‘black tie’ design. The Altiplano, still the last word in slimline luxury watches, marries absolute elegance and legibility with some of the most impressive complications in the history of haute horlogerie.
Every luxury watch maker has a unique interpretation of time. Piaget’s is the ultra-thin case. When you wear a Piaget on your wrist, it is one of the few luxury watches that will not spoil the lines of your suit. Yet the thinness of Piaget’s movements has never stood in the way of the watchmaker’s commitment to innovation. In fact, the superlative mastery of horological techniques that allows Piaget to create such slender timepieces is a revolution in itself. From the 1950s, every development in ultra-thin luxury watchmaking has been identified with the Piaget coat of arms.
Piaget has repeatedly defined eras with its commitment to combining serious calibres with high design. The legendary Polo, which changed the way people think about luxury watches, now incorporates time zone, chronograph and jumping date functions. The Emperador Coussin XL includes the world’s thinnest minute repeater in an open-worked, semi-skeletonised calibre. Despite the extraordinary thinness of the Emperador Coussin, measuring just 4.8 mm, this movement is made from 47 painstakingly-crafted pieces.
Every Piaget luxury watch movement is designed, assembled and perfected in-house - and has been since 1874. Some elements of a modern Piaget movement are barely thicker than a single strand of human hair, and yet they work together with the reliability and precision of a much bulkier piece. Each Piaget calibre is engraved with the signature Cotes de Geneve, circular finishing marks that identify some of the finest mechanical movements in the world, and finished with the ever-evolving signature of the manufactory.
The most daring movements are constructed entirely by a single master watchmaker, selected from the ranks of horology’s most eminent technicians. Thus are Piaget’s greatest creations completed: the flying tourbillons, perpetual calendars and sonneries, which distinguish the brand’s calibres as technical beyond compare. This is a luxury watch house in the truest sense of the phrase, a place where the measurement of time, and its beauty, is constantly reimagined.