At SIHH 2011, the renowned Swiss watch Manufacture presented a number of great watches, but the list would not be complete without the tasteful Piaget Altiplano (Ref. G0A36118) ladies wristwatch in rose gold and diamonds.
Style-wise, the new model is easily recognizable: it takes just a quick glance to notice the signature baton-shaped hands and hour markers, as well at the blade-thin profile of the watch.
Piaget is well-known for its expertise in developing and manufacturing ultra-thin movements and the still-fresh Caliber 838P hand-wound movement that was revealed last year at SIHH 2010 event is no exception here.
Being only 2.50 mm thick, the movement still stores enough energy for the watch to function for at least 62 hours after being fully wound. Its tinfoil-thin bridges are bevelled and even decorated with circular Cotes de Geneve motif.
The mainplate, which is, too, not particularly thick, is circular-grained: also a very nice touch.
As usual, the Piaget Altiplano features an off-centered small seconds indicator, which is located at 10 o’clock and sports a “split” chapter ring with the 60-30 half located on the inner part of the slightly embossed sub-dial and the 35-55 part on the outer part.
While definitely dressy, this watch somehow manages not to overdo with the blingy stuff: the only part of the timepiece, which is decorated with gems is the thin rose gold bezel. It is skillfully set with 72 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling at around 1 carat.
Piaget Altiplano hand-wound ladies watch in rose gold and diamonds (Ref. G0A36118) specification
Movement: Manual, Caliber 838P, 19 jewels, 26.80 mm in diameter, 2.50 mm in height, 21,600 vph, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Bridges bevelled and adorned with circular Cotes de Geneve, circular-grained mainplate, blued screws
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power reserve: 62 hours
Case material: Rose gold
Bezel material: Rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 40.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Brown alligator strap with a rose gold buckle
Case back: Sapphire