As gaudy as their watches remain, there’s no disputing the technical acuity of Piaget’s world-renowned wristwear. Since it was founded in 1874, the company has pushed the limits of watchmaking, be it through innovative movements, mechanical enhancements, or ultra-thin profiles that few alternative manufacturers could hope to achieve. Now, the La Côte-aux-Fées-born brand has introduced what could very well be the world’s thinnest mechanical timekeeper — the Altiplano Ultimate Concept.
The Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch is an exercise in centurial experience and craftsmanship. It calls upon specially-manufactured cobalt alloy as the foundation for its rounded, 41mm case; but what makes the watch truly special is its thickness, rising a mere two-millimeters from where it lies on the wearer’s wrist. In order to achieve such a feat, Piaget’s engineers and designers have been working tirelessly over the past six years, innovating new design practices and solutions, like an integrated winding crown and ultra-thin crystal, to simplify the mechanical example’s internal construction. The brand’s slimmed-down novelty piece features just enough components to operate and even boasts a 40-hour power reserve for continuous accuracy. If you’re interested in acquiring one of your own limited-release variants, head to Piaget’s website to inquire about pricing.