SIHH 2015 Piaget Altiplano Chronograph – World’s Thinnest Chronograph
Piaget, known for their ultra-thin watches (remember their Altiplano 9P from last year?) now introduced the Altiplano Chronograph. Only 8.24mm thick is the case of the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph that was presented to us today on the 25th Salon International de Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva.
The Piaget Altiplano Chronograph has a hand-wound movement that only measures 4,65mm (thickness). Available in 18 carat white gold and in pink gold. The white gold version has a diamond set bezel, 56 brilliant cut stones with a total weight of 1.8 carat. The diameter of this sleek designed chronograph is 41mm, making it very wearable. Piaget stressed that this Altiplano Chronograph would make a wonderful daily wearer because of its dimensions.
Inside is the in-house developed Piaget caliber 883P movement, a column-wheel fly-back chronograph with parts that are thinner than a human hair. It has a 50 hour power reserve, which means you will need to wind it every two days. The fly-back function allows you to quickly restart the chronograph with one single push of the button. Piaget said they spent two years in the development of this caliber 883P movement which was done in La Côte-aux-Fées, the birthplace of the Manufacture Piaget. The movement of the Altiplano Chronograph consists of 240 components and has received a beautiful circular Côtes de Genève finish, a circular-grained main plate, bevelled bridges and blued screws. Of course.
As you can see on the photos, the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph is an elegant looking timepiece. A very clean looking timepiece actually, which we applaud. The sub dials are very clean and there is no overlap of minute or hour markers there. One slight comment from our side is that the sub dials are located closely to each other. Some of the numerals of the small seconds sub dial at 6 o’clock are close to ‘touch’ the 24 hour 2nd time zone indication (9 o’clock) and minute counter at 3 o’clock.
This movement is one of the 37 in-house movements that Piaget developed and produced. Of this number, 25 movements are considered to be ultra-thin and 14 of them are holders of world records as a matter of fact.
Both watches come with a 18 carat gold ardillon buckle and a beautiful thin alligator strap. Price will be approx. € 26.000 Euro for the version in yellow gold. We will soon get back to you with confirmed prices and live photos of these watches.