Even if you aren’t a fan of diamonds, you can’t help but admire Piaget’s masterpiece. Thousands of hours of research and development went into creating the ultra-thin calibre, and days of exquisite craftsmanship went into setting the more than 1,700 diamonds, all to show off the company’s excellent watchmaking and high jewellery capabilities.
In fact, it’s not that often companies get the chance to show off both their technical brilliance and their Métiers d’Arts abilities, but the new Piaget Polo Skeleton accomplishes that.
The new timepiece features an ultra-thin mechanism on the inside and mega-diamond settings on the outside, making it a brilliant joy for anybody with the guts to stand out. The 1,746 brilliant-cut diamonds are only there to highlight the fantastic Caliber 1200S1 self-winding ultra-thin skeletonized movement, visible through the sapphire crystal and case back. At only 2.4mm thick, this is one of the world’s smallest mechanical self-winding movements.
It takes a master to create a skeletonized watch, and only the best can do it. Every movement component (hundreds of pieces) must be manually carved to reduce the metal to its absolute minimum while still having enough strength to accurately execute the function of timing.
The new generation calibre also includes several top-of-the-line materials and features, such as a regulating organ with increased magnetic field resistance. At 8:00, the off-centre oscillating weight is positioned to let the greatest light between the sapphire crystals, allowing an unimpeded view of the multi-layer ultra-thin movement.
Skeletonizing a watch without impairing its accuracy or function is challenging, as previously stated. It’s significantly more challenging to skeletonize it while still adding function and accuracy. In this 42mm watch, Piaget manages to provide a 44-hour battery reserve. It’s also water resistant up to 30 meters for individuals who wish to take their gems underwater.
There are 268 diamond brilliants on the case and another 1,478 on the bracelet, transforming the mechanical prowess into a mechanical piece of art for the wrist. If you are interested in this watch and want to discover more about the Piaget collection, visit The Time Place boutique.