Thinness Personified – Piaget Altiplano
Piaget, the makers of the world’s thinnest automatic movement has yet created another piece that is simply elegance defined. The Altiplano Ultra Thin has been on the limelight of dress watches for years, boasting a piece that is insanely thin for an automatic watch and yet insanely good-looking. The record breaking 1208p movement by Piaget is one of the most sought after movement there is. Measuring just 2.35mm, the thickness of the movement alone is breathtaking. To put some perspective on the thickness, the most used movement in the Swiss watch industry – ETA 2824 measures a thickness of 4.6mm. That is almost double the size of the 1208p. Hence the title “World’s thinnest automatic movement”. So how does Piaget go even further? The obvious choice is to simply go even thinner than before, but that may well be a bit too much already. Instead, they introduced the world’s thinnest skeleton watch, the Altiplano Skeleton in all its marvel.
With a diameter of 38mm white gold case, the Altiplano Skelton cannot use the calibre 1208 (which is more fitted for the newer 43mm models). Instead, Piaget opted to use the older movement the caliber 1200s, which is also extremely thin, just measuring at 2.4mm. The 1200s and 1208p movement came from a long line of ultra thin movement calibers, suffice to say, both movements are offsprings of the legendary ultra thin movements from Piaget. Now enough about the calibers, let’s take a look at how thin the watch really is.
Fitting the movement inside the case, Piaget just created another record breaker. The thinnest skeletonized watch, measuring just around 5.34mm thickness. Just take a look at the photo below and you’ll know what the fuss is. Remember this is not your ordinary quartz piece, this is a full fledge self-winding mechanical watch, that is skeletonized to let us see the wonder of the movement in all its glory.
Here’s another shot of it.
The Altiplano Skelton is currently going head to head with the 40th anniversary Royal Oak over at Hautetime. If you’re really amazed at this time piece, head on over to Haute time and cast your vote now.