Ultra-thin movement production is not a complication by definition, however, many watch experts consider the expertise required to create such thin movements, a complication in itself. According to Piaget, finding watchmakers able to work on the ultra-thin movements, is even harder than finding watchmakers able to work on non-thin movements, which if you know about watchmaking, you know is already quite a task. The 1200S caliber skeleton movement has been carefully hand engraved and hollowed, which is incredibly difficult considering any minor error could sacrifice the robustness of the movement. The bridges are decorated with alternating matte surfaces: sun-brushed and sand-brushed, which contrasts the polished edges. Every detail is consistent with haute horology standards across the industry, from hand beveling, to screws which are blued the traditional way. The hands and platinum mono-block micro-rotor are in black. Instead of a signed the dial, “Piaget” is engraved on the micro-rotor, visible on the dial side.
Amazingly, apart from the lack of a seconds hand, caliber 1200S has many of the specifications you’d expect from a typical full sized automatic movement: a 40-hour power reserve, a 21,600 vph (3Hz) oscillation rate, 26 jewels and excellent reliability.
Black alligator strap with 18K white gold buckle. Water-resistant to 30 meters.
The Piaget Altiplano Skeleton is just beginning to ship, and is available exclusively through Piaget boutiques, including their new online shop. Retail price is $60,000. (Ref. G0A37132)