Introducing The Piaget Polo Date And Polo Skeleton In Green Non-Limited Editions
For a color as ubiquitous in our natural surroundings as green, it is certainly not one of the most common hues in watch design. Thus, as green executions have started to catch on in recent years, some have called it a trend. That must sound preposterous to an upscale purveyor of watches and jewelry like Piaget. Green has been a hallmark element in the heritage brand’s creative palette since the ‘60s, not least of all because of its different shades in gemstones. As such, the Swiss manufacture continues to bring this color to life in its timepiece collection. The latest novelties receiving a verdant makeover are the Polo Date in rose gold and Polo Skeleton in steel.
Green with envy
Piaget calls it “a new shade of bold”. The color is opaque and unlike the stones used in other designs such as emeralds, jade, and malachite. It is actually not the first time this particular green color has appeared in Piaget’s Polo lineup. In 2019, the brand launched the limited-edition Polo Date Green with a matching leather strap, and in 2020, another with a steel bracelet.
The Polo legacy
The new Polo Date and Polo Skeleton, however, will be unlimited editions. This is in line with the Polo Date Black from earlier this year, which Jorg reviewed here. I encourage you to head over for a quick read if you are not familiar with the often headline-grabbing Piaget Polo. I certainly remember the divisive noise among the watch community during its relaunch in 2016.
While green and steel make for a stunning combo, green and gold are simply a match made in heaven. So let us start with the Polo Date model. Living up to the iconic Polo gold original for its lightness, the new Polo rose gold watch case weighs just 69.14 grams. The 42mm cushion-shaped case is 9.4mm thick. It exudes elegance in its interplay of satin and polished finishes between its flat surfaces and bevels. The green dial features horizontal grooves, which play with the light for our visual pleasure. The date sits above a half-index at 6 o’clock. All trapezoidal indexes as well as the hour and minute gold hands are filled with Super-LumiNova.
Visible through the sapphire case back is Piaget’s in-house 1110P caliber. This self-winding movement is a stunning showcase of refined finishing and decoration. The Swiss manufacture has opted to keep the same grayish rotor from the steel models, which dons the Piaget coat of arms. The movement ticks away at 28,800vph (4Hz) and provides a 50-hour power reserve. The Polo Date Green is complete with a matching green alligator strap for a cost of €29,700 including VAT.
The green skeleton
Skeleton watches have been a house specialty of Piaget for over 50 years. They are also a genre for which I have acquired an appreciation since I entered the watchmaking business. The architecture of a skeleton that looks and performs at the highest level is a feat of design and engineering. I can honestly say that I haven’t seen a green skeletonized movement of this caliber (pun not intended) in such a sensational execution. The intricate green bridges decorated with pink jewels also bring a stunning contrast.
Not to mention the finishing. On full display through sapphire crystals from both the front and the back, there is simply nowhere to hide imperfections. Even the tiniest visible surface would have to be finished to a high standard. If the press image is anything to go by, I look forward to seeing it in the flesh.
Polo Skeleton Steel
The Polo Skeleton houses the automatic caliber 1200S1, here for the first time in a green execution. Previously, we’ve seen this movement in slate gray and blue, but the green may be the most unique version yet. This is a true Piaget manufacture caliber with a remarkably slim 2.4mm profile. Responsible for winding this ultra-thin movement is an off-center micro-rotor engraved with Piaget’s coat of arms. The balance oscillates at 21,600vph (3Hz), and the mainspring delivers approximately 44 hours of power reserve.
The green Polo Skeleton comes in a 42mm stainless steel case which measures a mere 6.5mm in height. This time-only model comes with an integrated stainless steel bracelet, which is interchangeable with a green alligator strap. The whole set is priced at €30,700 including VAT and is available exclusively through Piaget boutiques.
For more information, visit the official Piaget website.