Thin is in, and particularly at Piaget, whose SIHH 2017 presentation centred around its flagship Altiplano model, which this year celebrates its 60th birthday. It’s hard to believe that it was in 1957 that the house first introduced the 2mm 9P calibre, but to celebrate this landmark occasion further technical achievements abound, including, for the first time, a tourbillon variation.
In 60 years, the popularity of the Altiplano hasn’t waned, thanks to its classic looks and a rainbow of releases coloured with hard ruby, tiger’s eye, lapis lazuli, coral malachite, onyx and jade, or studded with diamonds. This year sees the Altiplano awash in gradient hues of pink, grey, blue and green, or set with opal or turquoise dials.
And while its midnight tones may seem sedate in comparison, Piaget’s Altiplano Tourbillion High Jewellery watch is no wallflower, featuring a 4.6mm 670P manual-winding movement that brings together a flying tourbillon, a patented stem-winding system with an intermediate wheel, and a power reserve of 48 hours. Ever the picture of restraint, the dial is bordered by baguette diamonds that circle the dial, with flinqué enamel on the face.