The record-breaking watch wins the Aiguille d’Or prize of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève 2020.
With the big Geneva night going down in history, one subjective feeling won’t leave us for some time now: rarely was the Aiguille d’Or prize so undeniably celebrating the industrial milestones like it does now. New records in the-thinnest-of-the-thinnest niche show up every few years, this record, however, is different. To see a mechanical watch as thin as its canvas strap, or even thinner, is quite an emotion. In some sense, the open-worked dial works here as a proof of its mechanical origin. Otherwise, many would likely assume the whole thing is quartz.
It’s more or less the same watch that made a lot of fuzz during SIHH 2018, only this year it’s finally commercially available. A time-only timepiece with hours and minutes displayed through a sub-dial at 12 uses and the rest of real estate reserved for the mechanical needs feels scarily unrealistic. Needless to say, the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept was fully developed in-house. The 41-mm cobalt-alloy case measuring 2-mm thick, the manually-wound movement with wheels measuring 0.12 mm thick, and the sapphire crystal of 0.2 mm: you can’t order stuff like that from some third party, it simply doesn’t exist. And of course, the company takes great pride in such an accomplishment.
Despite being the high-tech engineering statement, the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept still features some signs of decorative effort like sunburst satin-brushed and bevelled bridges or sunburst-brushed wheels. The watch is also available in reverse blue and black PVD versions, each drastically altering the overall visual character. The price is 410'000 CHF.
Nov. 13, 2020