For half a century, PIAGET has been devoted to researching and innovating ultra-thin movements, becoming an expert and leading brand in this field. Of the 35 movements produced by the PIAGET high-end watchmaking factory, a total of 23 are ultra-thin movements, which gather various styles and functions, and set 12 impressive records for the brand. These unparalleled ultra-thin movement manufacturing technologies have not only become the mark of PIAGET, but also have become synonymous with elegance, marking the brilliant achievements of PIAGET in three main areas: the basic movement (manual or automatic winding), the main complex function movement (Tourbillon, perpetual calendar, chronograph and minute repeater), and skeleton movements (including diamond-made skeleton movements specially made by the PIAGET watchmaker). Among them, the ultra-thin skeleton movement must consider the difficulty of creating ultra-thin movements, the skeleton technique is also required for superb craftsmanship, not to mention the beautiful dream of inlaid gorgeous jewelry on the skeleton movement, and PIAGET is the only one in the world who dares to be here. A dreamer challenged bravely above.
Ultra-thin watches and clocks
In 1874, PIAGET set up a watchmaking workshop in La Côte-aux-Fées, in the Jurassic Mountains of Switzerland, and was instantly recognized for producing precision, durable, punctual and reliable movements. PIAGET first introduced its first ultra-thin movement in 1957, the famous 9P movement (only 2 mm thick), becoming one of the thinnest manual-winding mechanical movements in the world at that time. In 1960, the watch factory innovated again, launched the 12P movement, and cleverly utilized an outstanding technology made at the time by the ultra-thin movement-the eccentric automatic oscillating weight, making this one of the world’s best ultra-thin automatic winding movements ( 2.3 mm). Since then, the ultra-thin movement has become one of PIAGET’s marks and exclusive areas, and has become a platform for brands to express their creativity. In 1998, PIAGET relaunched the classic Altiplano watch series, the entire series is equipped with ultra-thin movement. After half a century of cultivation, PIAGET successfully blended technology and aesthetics, making the ultra-thin watch production process blossom, which not only became a brand status symbol, but also made the brand famous internationally. It has a few watch factories in the world with integrated own watch production lines. Middle position is aloof.
To develop and manufacture ultra-thin movements, it is necessary to face and solve complex technical challenges. PIAGET has the superb technology and rich experience inherited from the family for generations, which is the most suitable candidate. Even the most ‘simple’ ultra-thin movement (only time-division function) is already a comprehensive complex movement, because the production of ultra-thin movements must challenge the limits of various parts, break the watchmaking industry’s conventions, and mark the manufacture The extreme of watch technology and micro technology, at the same time, the movement must maintain durability and excellent performance. To make an ultra-thin movement, it is necessary to overcome the additional difficulties that occur in each stage of design, production, adjustment, and final modification. The research and development of the new movement takes two to four years. The process includes assembling countless gears, pinions, axles, pallets, gems, bridges and springs on the motherboard. Given that sometimes the space is only 2 mm. Therefore, the thickness of each detailed part must be reduced to the thinnest possible. For example, the thickness of some gears has been reduced to less than 0.12 mm (the diameter of the hair is 0.08 mm). Experts must carefully test the durability of each part to ensure that the movement runs smoothly. It is also an important task to properly control the minimum space required between all moving components. In order to ensure that the moving components can rotate smoothly and operate reliably, the periphery of each gear must be ’emptied’. The ideal space is 0.03 mm. When assembling each PIAGET ultra-thin movement (some movements are composed of more than 400 components, so the assembly process requires extreme craftsmanship and skill), the ’empty’ range of each gear in the movement is indicated by the table The craftsman checks one by one manually.
The elegant image of PIAGET is deeply rooted
Altiplano’s minimalist style heralds the classic trend of elegant return
The never-ending thin journey
Since the launch of two important movements in 1957 and 1960, in 2010, in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary movement 12P launched in 1960, the PIAGET watchmaker launched a new 1200P movement, which was Complimentary record of thin 12P automatic movement! With its thickness of only 2.35mm, it has become the thinnest self-winding movement on the market. In the same year, the Altiplano 43 mm model with 1208P movement was also introduced. The disc is flexible and angry, making the 1208P movement, which set an ultra-thin record with a thickness of 2.35mm, even more extraordinary. The overall thickness is only 5.25mm, which is the thinnest in this category of watches. These two watches embody the essence of contemporary aesthetics, demonstrating the unique advantages of PIAGET in the professional field of ultra-thin watches, and this record has not yet been broken. In order to demonstrate PIAGET’s unparalleled superb clock technology, a skeletonized movement with exquisite craftsmanship came into being. The main board of the movement was as hollow as possible, leaving only the bridge and other equally indispensable parts. Since all the components of the ultra-thin movement have been miniaturized to the extreme, the cutout is also more technical.
PIAGET 1200S, the world’s thinnest hollowed-out movement, naturally requires the highest craftsmanship in production. As early as the creative stage, the designer has carefully researched and calculated all parts to ensure that the world’s thinnest automatic winding skeleton movement can maintain the original durability and accuracy after being hollowed out. One of the tasks of the design team is to design the movement as sturdy as possible, and to gracefully span the long arc of the main board and the bridge to ensure the overall rigidity of the movement. The PIAGET1200S movement evolved from the 1200P movement. Compared with the previous work, the new 1200S movement displays a number of innovative elements: the 950 platinum automatic oscillating weight becomes the unique feature of this extraordinary movement, and the balance bridge also shows harmony and symmetry. The new aesthetics, the thickness of the wheel bridge is further reduced to a minimum of only 0.11 mm to ensure that the movement can be extremely thin. With its contemporary style and fine structure, the PIAGET1200S movement takes the art of hollowing to a new level, and pays tribute to traditional craftsmanship with lines full of fashion and charm.
Challenge is impossible and perfection is always the brand spirit of PIAGET
Ultra-thin skeleton skeleton movement
Only brands that can master the perfect cutout technique dare to have the idea of setting diamonds on these movements, because setting diamonds on cutout movements means that craftsmen need the same ingenious diamond setting technology. PIAGET is currently the only watch factory in the world that directly inlays gemstones on the movement’s main board and other functional components. This amazing technology requires close cooperation between watchmakers and jewellery artisans, and merges the two areas of the brand into one. One.
At the 2013 Geneva International High-level Watch & Clock Fair, PIAGET exhibited the 1200D movement (2.4 mm thickness), which became the world’s first self-winding diamond-cut skeleton movement. It set another milestone with its outstanding diamond-setting technology. Inheriting the design of the 1200S self-winding skeleton movement, the 1200D inherits the unparalleled slimness of its predecessor, perfectly blending clocks and jewellery craftsmanship. The research and development process alone has required the use of all the watch factory technology, which took a full two years to complete. The 1200D movement fully reflects the unique technology of PIAGET, with a thickness of only 3 mm, which is the thinnest among the same type of movements in the world. The diameter of the movement is 31.9 mm, but it is inlaid with 259 round diamonds (about 0.8 carats) and 11 egg-faced black sapphires (approximately 0.2 carats). Such an exquisite inlaying process, it takes more than four days to just inlay a movement. To inlay gems for the entire motherboard, it means that functional components also need to be paved, and only a handful of jewellery craftsmen can master the skill of centering. PIAGET will make persistent efforts on the basis of the brand’s glory, perfectly combining the art of watchmaking, ultra-thin watchmaking and excellent design to create more masterpieces of watchmaking.
PIAGET Altiplano is the world’s thinnest skeletonized automatic watch with a thickness of only 5.34 mm
The Altiplano ultra-thin skeleton automatic watch is equipped with the world’s thinnest automatic skeleton skeleton movement with a thickness of only 2.40 millimeters, manual cutting plate and bridge. The exquisite watchmaking technology is amazing. Suggested selling price NTD $ 1,900,000
The Altiplano ultra-thin automatic watch is equipped with a PIAGET 1208P ultra-thin self-winding mechanical movement. The classic design is full of elegant elegance of celebrities. Suggested selling price NTD $ 780,000
The Altiplano ultra-thin diamond automatic watch with silver dial movement is decorated with ‘Côtes de Genève’ Geneva wave pattern and black alligator leather strap. MSRP NTD $ 1,025,000
The Altiplano ultra-thin diamond skeleton automatic watch is equipped with a 1200D ultra-thin skeleton hollow movement made by PIAGET and set with 270 round diamonds. It is the most perfect watchmaking technology, making ultra-thin watches like the most magnificent works of art. Recommended price NTD $ 6,100,000 —