Hands-On: D Is For Diamond: The Piaget 900D Ultra-Thin
The Piaget 900P was first seen here on HODINKEE in 2014, when we gave you our select first look.
The 900P was a lovely progressive development. The whole watch – the development, however the entire watch – is just 3.65 mm thick. This clearly addresses something of an extraordinary, and to arrive, Piaget needed to redesign the whole design of the development. As should be obvious, a large portion of the genuine train, including the origin barrel and wheels for hand-twisting, just as all the pinion wheels of the train and the balance, are essentially on a similar plane. The rear of the watch is certainly not a standard case back; it additionally goes about as the top plate of the development. The dial is on a similar plane as the going train, barrel, and wheels for the winding train and the equilibrium cockerel is essential for the dial too. This isn’t the first run through anybody’s pre-owned such an engineering – the most popular model is simply the world’s most slender winding tourbillon, made by Audemars Piguet in 1986 – yet it’s exceptionally uncommon gratitude to the extra difficulties in everything from the unforgiving resistances to the natural difficulties in making a particularly level development run precisely, and with a satisfactory force save.
Which makes it all the really stunning that Piaget figured out how to take what you see above, and transform it into what you see below.
This is the Piaget 900D (for jewel) which is set with 5.77 carats of precious stones. There is somewhat of an increment to the size of the watch, from 3.65 mm to 5.65 mm, from the first; the case metal remaining parts white gold and the measurement (38 mm) is the equivalent for the two watches. There are an aggregate of 361 jewels working on this issue, carries, case band, and on the dial, just as on the development scaffolds and equilibrium cock.
For sheer over the top expound improvement this is a troublesome watch to beat. The jewel setting work simply becomes increasingly more inconceivable the nearer you look, and the more so when you advise yourself that the enriched surfaces under the dial aren’t simply static components. Since the dial and development are very much the same, all the detailed, meticulous setting work must be managed without compromising usefulness – extremely requesting, as the resistances are vanishingly small.
The lower part of the two images above shows the winding system and heart barrel (left) under high amplification and here you can truly value the meticulousness that went into making an outwardly amicable encounter. Advances are taken care of with incredible affectability, as in the engraved tails on the settings for the little precious stones between the barrel, and the loaves that encompass the dial, which resemble so numerous minuscule comets.
High adornments watches are some of the time appropriately excused by aficionados when such watches make their impact through the sheer carat weight conveyed, or the gladly (one needs to say, pompously) reported expense of the watch. (It is not necessarily the case that an intensely bejeweled watch is essentially boring; a long way from it. In any case, similarly as with any genuine extravagance make item, the cost is well-suited to be the most un-fascinating perspective, best case scenario, and an interruption to say the least, from the genuine point, which is the measure of talented time and work that goes into making such a product.)
One of the most delightful things that can occur in any space of configuration is to be hit with something that is both extremely sudden and exceptionally fruitful. Likely the exact opposite thing I’d have expected to occur with the 900P is for it to become the 900D – I assume generally in light of the fact that the specialized message from the watch is so amazing. However, here it is, squinting in the daylight, as it were – a watch with a solid specialized articulation, yet one where the limits to which it conveys specialized watchmaking support, and indeed are fundamental for, a solid tasteful assertion as well.
The Piaget 900D: “World’s most slender hand-wound mechanical high gems watch,” as indicated by Piaget. Coordinated development and case. 38 mm x 5.65 mm generally, 48-hour power hold, 21,600 vph, running in 20 gems. 38 loaf and 266 splendid cut jewels. Dial set with 33 roll cut jewels, crown set with one splendid cut precious stone. Snow-set development. Water opposition 2 ATM. Cost, $165,000. Peruse all Piaget watches online here.
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