Piaget – Has Piaget reached the limits of ultra-thin design? Perfect Clone Online Shopping
There’s not much point in reading this article about Piaget Watches Ladies Replica at the SIHH 2018. It’s the same as the one your read in 2017, 2016, 2015, and for many years before that. The manufacture talks about its “historic savoir-faire”, “what has cemented Piaget’s reputation for the last 60 years,” a company “that pushes the limits of creativity”.
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The words are the same, and so are the products. They all reach for the same goal: to make the Altiplano even thinner, and reach the apogee of extreme ultra-flatness. So why don’t we just skip straight to the bottom line, give you the number – the record thinness Piaget has achieved this year – and forget all about it until next year? Well… there might not be any next year.
Tears of joy, or frustration?
Piaget prepared the terrain carefully. The watch unveiled at the SIHH is an “Altiplano Ultimate Concept”. Enthusiasts could hardly contain their agitation. Either they were convulsed with a frisson of anticipation at the idea of a new world record, or they were trembling in frustration at the thought that this “concept” would probably never go on sale. And, being “Ultimate”, the watch, by definition, could never be bettered. So, what will Piaget have to show us in 2019? It’s the end of an era!
The new Altiplano is unbelievably thin – the planet’s thinnest automatic in reality. The watch itself is 5.25mm thick, while the incredible 1208P caliber is simply 2.35mm thick. Sized at 43mm, the Altiplano is your largest ultra-thin watch in the world, and one which overlooks a new road. The concept of broad but thin is something we’re beginning to see more of in the industry and one that until recently, wasn’t something viewed as marketable. If a watch was to be sparse, it ought to be small. If it were to be wide in diameter, then it needs to be thick. Piaget Watches Vintage Replica has ever been ultra-thin watches of a medium size, but the 43mm Altiplano pushes matters further.When I fulfilled with Audemars Piguet chief artistic officer Octavio Garcia in the Summer of 2010, six months later Piaget had declared this very watch, he mentioned this concept as something that we would be seeing a great deal of in the long term from AP, and others. While he didn’t mention that the Altiplano specifically, it’s obvious this watch captured the interest of designers the world over due to SIHH 2011, we saw could more watches in this vein, though none implemented to the level.The concept of the modern ultra-thin watch is constructed supporting the premise that they’re worn into elegant affairs, with, at minimum, a fine suit and tie, and at maximum, a tuxedo. The ultra-thin watch is discrete and imperial, and rather simply not appropriate for everyday wear. In most cases, I’d say that statement is accurate. With this Piaget, however, I’d argue they’ve built one of the most versatile ultra-thins ever created, and one that works just as well with jeans and a sweater walking around NYC since it does with a suit and tie on the road into the office.
But let’s get back to the facts, and that magic number: 2 mm. That’s it, the full thickness of the Altiplano Ultimate Concept. How did Piaget Watches Price Replica do it? Yet again, by compressing the three layers of the movement to the maximum degree: mainplate and caseback, the bridges/dial/hands trifecta and, finally, the bezel. Everything is minutely meshed together. The bridges are fixed to the dial, which also serves as mainplate. The wheels and rubies are 40% thinner than in previous Altiplano models.
But the extreme numbers don’t stop there. The rubies, for instance, are only 0.25 mm thick. The wheels have also been pared down to almost nothing: some of them are just 0.12 mm thick, compared with 0.20 mm in a traditional movement. The balance bridge has gone, along with the traditional setup with its Incabloc-mounted regulating organ. The balance staff, the bearing bush and the plate are in a single piece. The barrel also has an unusual configuration: it doesn’t have a cover, or a drum. The mainspring, mounted on a ball bearing, is integrated directly into the structure. Even the crown has vanished: it has been incorporated into the caseband so as not to stand proud of the case, and thus be at risk of shocks that could be fatal to the fragile movement.
Altiplano Ultimate Concept © Piaget
With these extreme tolerances, the robustness of the watch is severely tested, with shocks and twisting a serious threat. But Piaget has thought of everything: in the event of pressure on the crystal, causing it to flex, the first component it touches will be the bridges, not the hands, as would be the case in any other watch.
What about tomorrow?
The manufacture appears to have reached its own limits, and the limits of horological science. By leaving this watch at the “Concept” stage, and, what is more, qualifying it as “Ultimate”, Piaget Watches For Sale Replica appears to be admitting to certain limitations, notably that of having produced a watch that, apparently, cannot be commercially produced.
Is there anywhere left for ultra-thin watches to go? The answer to that question will probably come from Greubel-Forsey. Up in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the duo are working intensively on nano-horology. They announced their first results in 2017, unveiling a “Lightning Seconds” module measuring just 2 mm. These developments look extremely promising, although it will be some years before we can expect to see any commercial applications.