The Swiss watchmaker that is mostly known for its ultra-thin timepieces has recently presented a diamonds-set version of its Piaget Altiplano (Ref. G0A36107) ladies watch.
Sporting traditional for the Swiss-based brand look that includes a deceptively simple ultra-thin case combined with an extremely clean, yet finely decorated dial, the Swiss-based company has always been a real design icon, a sort of Apple of watchmaking world.
The Altiplano family is perhaps one of the best examples of their approach to design. While most brands, judging by the products they offer, either takes a cupful of mud and throws it at the wall hoping that something will stick, or simply takes a “base” design and adds extra elements trying to make a new watch look more “complex” and “elaborate”, Piaget seems to exercise the same approach used by Steve Jobs and Jony Ive: get an object and remove all which is unnecessary.
As a result, their watches are (almost) always clean and simple, while extremely pleasant to look at. This is especially true when we are talking about this new diamonds-set variety of their gorgeous Piaget Altiplano (Ref. G0A36107) ladies watch.
Presented in a compact rose gold case 34 millimeters in diameter, the refreshed device is still very compact and quite lean at less than 6.5 mm thick.
As it is always the case with Altiplano family, the case is absolutely flat, but, given its relatively small diameter and thinness, I don’t think that it will affect its ergonomics in a negative way. The only thing that worries me a little is the tiny winding crown: you will probably cringe each time you’ll try to wind this piece up.
And wind it you will often since the new timekeeper is still powered by the same slow-beating Piaget 450P manually-wound caliber that offers no more than the usual 40 hours of power reserve.
Being only 20.50 mm in diameter and 2.10 mm in height, the ultra-thin movement offers a simple, but cute and well-executed complication: a subsidiary seconds hand, which is located at 10 o’clock.
As you can see on the photo below, the mechanism is quite nicely decorated with circular Geneva Stripes guilloche pattern, a set of blued and polished screws, and the inevitable inscriptions in yellow gold. If you are into this sort of thing, you will probably spend lots of pleasantly warm moments admiring this little engine though the sapphire crystal on the back.
The small seconds hand sub-dial is decorated with a rose gold ring, which is set with 28 tiny brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of about 0.1 carats.
The set-up boldly supports the main theme, which is set with the rose gold bezel, also adorned with 72 diamonds tipping the scales at some 0.5 carats.
As you can see, the silver dial is decorated with eight Roman numerals. The one at 3 o’clock is replaced with the Piaget logo and the IX, X and XI are substituted with small baton-shaped hour markers — the solution that kind of spoils the picture.
According to the company, the watch is going to be sold on a white alligator leather strap fitted with an “exclusive” pin buckle in rose gold.
There is still no info about the planned retail price for the watch, but it is sure that the timekeeper will not be cheap.
Well, at least there will also be a more affordable version in stainless steel.
Piaget Altiplano Ladies Watch in Rose Gold (Ref. G0A36107) manual-wind ultra-thin watch specification
Price: Approx. $23,000
Movement: Manual, Piaget 450P, in-house, 20.50 mm in diameter, 2.10 mm in height, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 18
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: Rose gold
Bezel material: Rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 34.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 6.30 mm
Hands: Rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: White alligator strap, a pin buckle in rose gold
Case back: Sapphire