After staking a claim to the world’s thinnest automatic watch and thinnest automatic mechanical movement, skinny chic Swiss watchmaker and jeweler Piaget ups the ante in 2012. The latest Altiplano watch from the manufacture is another double record-holder: it is the thinnest automatic skeleton watch (5.34mm) and the movement, calibre 1200S, is the world’s thinnest automatic skeleton movement (2.40mm).
This impressive feat confirms Piaget’s leading role in classic elegant watches and its longstanding commitment to creating and mastering ultra-thin mechanical movements. Significantly, calibre 1200S also tells us that Piaget is pushing forward in the art of skeletonizing. Subtle sunray-brushed and sandblasted surfaces on the movement meet the high polish of angles and rhodiumized or blackened areas.
The watchmakers at Piaget tell us that we will soon see a version of the watch with a gem-set movement – just like we saw with calibre 838S. For the moment, it remains a time-only watch, showing hours and minutes, with a 44-hour power reserve. It is available only in white gold, in a 38mm case.