Creating a skeleton watch requires vision, confidence, time and the considerable skill and experience of numerous specialists in order to combine exceptional aesthetics with dependable functionality – and it is a genre for which Piaget has been renowned for half a century.
The first Piaget skeleton watches were made during the 1970s and, as with many of the Maison’s creations, they immediately attracted a high-profile following. One of the most noted early adopters was the jazz trumpet legend Miles Davis who always turned up to appearances with a briefcase containing a selection of timepieces, including Piaget watches, choosing his ‘watch of the night’ just before he took to the stage.
And now Piaget unveiled their latest adventure in skeleton watch making: A fully skeletonised version of its celebrated Piaget Polo, the groundbreaking luxury sports watch created by Piaget in 1979.
In order to successfully develop the Piaget Polo Skeleton, Piaget’s designers and engineers had to consider the key aspects of the Piaget Polo that have made it instantly recognisable notably its curved case surmounted by a round bezel, its cushion shaped dial opening and its slim profile.
This new model comes with a 42mm steel-cased sports watch measuring just 6.5mm thick and powered by Piaget’s 1200S1 selfwinding manufacture movement entirely developed and produced in-house which is a wafer like 2.4mm thin.
Despite the intricate appearance of the pared-down components, the Polo Skeleton remains just as robust, reliable and practical as the other models, featuring 44 hours of power reserve and water resistance down to three atmospheres. Additionally, the polished and satin-finished ‘H’ design integrated bracelet that has become synonymous with the Piaget Polo has also been revised in order to provide an interchangeable function.
This enables it to be swapped effortlessly for the additional interchangeable leather strap supplied with each watch, adding to its versatility and lending an extra dimension to the Piaget Polo Skeleton’s already distinctive character.
The new Piaget Polo Skeleton is available in two highly individual designs, the first with a movement in Piaget Blue PVD, the second in a slate grey finish. In each version, the famous Piaget Polo case has been reduced to a mere 6.5mm thick (almost 3mm slimmer) while the intricately skeletonised movement and even the hands themselves have been pared-down for the ultimate in transparency.
A clear sapphire crystal case back, meanwhile, allows the meticulously finished and highly detailed movement to be seen and appreciated from both sides of the watch.