Introducing: The Piaget Altiplano Automatic With Date, Going Back To The Roots Of Piaget (Live Pics + Pricing)

Introducing: The Piaget Altiplano Automatic With Date, Going Back To The Roots Of Piaget (Live Pics + Pricing)

Let’s beginning toward the start, with the references 13103 and 13104. Those 34mm breadth, thin watches were not called “Altiplano,” nor they had a place with any assortment, indeed. They were only a portion of the breathtakingly thin watches that Piaget revealed in the mid 1960s. They were conceived from the option of a date complication to the 2.3mm 12P type, becoming the 12PC (the “C” representing calendrier, or schedule ), which added an extra 0.5mm all the while. However, it actually remained beneath 3mm, an honor winning thickness. Also, similar to all Piaget watches since the mid-1950s, the cases were exclusively made out of valuable metals, while the dials were basic and exquisite (or seriously stunning when hard stones were utilized, a genuine extraordinariness in the programmed adaptations since hard stones come with a 2mm thickness).

The green dial is by a wide margin the most hypnotizing of the three new Altiplano with date.

In substance, the three new Altiplano with date models we have here are especially in accordance with those vintage Piagets, and come 60 years after the making of the first 9P type, the main super thin, physically twisted development from Piaget (the 12P wouldn’t be licensed until 1959 and wouldn’t come to advertise until 1960). Obviously, the width of the new watches have expanded from a unique 32/34mm (contingent upon the model) to a uniform 40mm. One significant point, the thin cases are still just made in valuable metals, including 18k white, rose, and yellow gold relying upon the reference. Something else to cherish, each comes with a coordinating pin clasp, instead of the deployant fasten an excessive number of current watches appear to convey. I battle to discover any alternative more comfortable than a straightforward clasp, which can likewise be flawlessly marked/stepped. That positively never hurts.

The dial has additionally kept its unique attributes, with long records for the hours, including the twofold file at 12 o’clock. Considerably more astoundingly, the first text style was additionally translated to the advanced emphasis, with the cursive “Programmed” rather than the less sentimental all-covers moniker that we find on most present day Piagets. The position and style of the date window is dedicated to the plan of the vintage models as well, then again, actually the three o’clock record got abbreviated to additionally improve the equilibrium of the dial on the new watches. 

The mystery of its slimness comes from the miniature rotor, a vital trait of Piaget since 1959.

The current 1203 type itself is suggestive of the progressive 12PC (which had developed into the 12PC1 following four years of creation, as minor changes were executed to improve the productivity of its force hold). The 1203 type actually includes the mark miniature rotor, which permits the watch to arrive at such honor winning slimness, here remaining at precisely 3mm. The first and fragile scaffold over the rotor  has vanished, yet the general completing remaining parts first rate. Similarly as with vintage references, these Altiplano with date don’t offer a running seconds on the grounds that honestly this degree of detail is futile at the sort of occasions that these watches were made for (dark tie occasions and other dressy occasions). 

Yellow gold with green dial Altiplano with date 40mm.

White gold with dark dial Altiplano with date 40mm.

Rose gold with blue dial Altiplano with date 40mm.

Undoubtedly, these new Altiplanos will interest vintage Piaget darlings who may need a more present day 40mm width watch. In such manner, I am happy that Piaget directed away from its 43mm case size, which looks tremendous and excessively level on my normal wrist, given the slimness of any Altiplano. This delivery is nonetheless a strong move from Piaget, and one I profoundly appreciate. Including the date a dress watch will clearly yield a lot of contention (I’m simply trusting that the comments will fire springing up beneath), in spite of the fact that I feel it was professional here. Nonetheless, it is genuinely on the shade of the dials that Piaget bet everything, and with progress. The dark blue, dim, and green dials are among the best I saw at SIHH, and they are certainly not timid in the manner they mirror the light. Thusly, these watches are especially in accordance with the Piaget of the 1970s, which made looks for the charming jetset, a center that came straightforwardly from Mr. Yves Piaget himself. 

The other Altiplano Automatic delivered, with a 43mm case size that I appreciated much less.

There are three new designs of the new 40mm Altiplano with date, yellow gold with a green dial ($25,200), rose gold with a blue dial ($25,200), and white gold with a dim dial ($26,000). Each is restricted to only 260 pieces and they are completely expected to hit shops in April. The difference between the tone of the gold of each case and the shade of the dial is striking, and purposeful, making three altogether different watches from the outgoing green guide to the more relaxed dark dialed one. 

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