In 2007, Piaget marked the 50th anniversary of its ultra-thin Caliber 9P by reissuing the motion that produced it renowned and by launching its 1st in-house mechanical chronograph motion. Within this function from our November-December 2007 situation, contributor and Watch Insider blogger Alexander Linz covers this milestone for WatchTime.
In 2007, Piaget marks a milestone. It was 50 years just before that the firm introduced Caliber 9P, a manual-wind motion that was a mere two.0 mm thick. 3 years later Piaget followed with an automatic version, Caliber 12P, which measured just two.three mm thick. Caliber 12P earned Piaget a listing in Guinness Globe Records because the maker of “the world’s thinnest self-winding motion.” Currently Piaget enjoys a well-earned reputation as a maker of stylish and uncommonly slim watches. Much more not too long ago the firm has introduced the modern day 430P, 450P, and 438P movements measuring a mere two.1 mm thick, too because the new line of 600P tourbillon regulator movements.
Launched in 1957, Caliber 9P is just two mm thick.
Caliber 12P place Piaget in Guinness Globe Records.
Piaget is marking the 9P milestone using the introduction of many new ultra-thin timepieces. “Piaget has decided to technique 2007 using a particular concentrate on ultra-thin mechanical movements,” says CEO Philippe Leopold-Metzger. “In a period when watch suppliers are tending to give pretty much exclusively large-size models, Piaget has opted to pursue the path of elegance.”
Caliber 9P returns in limited-edition Altiplano watches in each wrist and pocket versions. The wristwatch functions a brand new round situation in white gold using a 38-mm diameter. The white enamel dial has Roman numerals and also the Piaget signature in Old English lettering. Piaget will generate 50 pieces priced at $14,500*. The limited-edition pocket watches (25 in white gold and 25 in pink gold, each at $21,000) possess a square 38-mm situation, slender hour markers on a silvered dial and matching understated hour and minute hands. Like all historical Piaget models, the caseback is engraved together with the brand’s coat-of-arms. The watches include a gold chain, leather cordlet, protective pouch and leather base, which turns it into a desk watch. The 9P motion in these anniversary pieces oscillates at 19,800 vibrations per hour. In spite of its petite dimensions, it features a 38-hour energy reserve.
Anniversary pieces: Piaget’s Altiplano pocketwatch (above) and Altiplano wristwatch (beneath) include the ultra-thin 9P mechanical motion.
But Piaget will not be just reviving an ultra-thin blast in the previous. It’s also marking the 9P anniversary having a new milestone for the manufacture: its 1st mechanical chronograph motion that may be totally made, created and made in-house. The automatic Caliber 880P tends to make its debut within the Piaget Polo Chronograph using a pink gold situation measuring 43 mm in diameter. It’s the newest entry in Piaget’s dominant family members of calibers identified from the quantity eight in the starting of their names. The 800 household involves the hand-wound Caliber 830P, the self-winding 800P, and Caliber 850P with an indicator for the time inside a second time zone.
Manufacture chronograph: the Polo Chronograph with Caliber 880P
In contrast to the balances inside the other members with the 800 household, which full 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour, the balance within the new Caliber 800P swings at a pace of 21,600 vibrations per hour. Having a height of five.six mm, it continues Piaget’s tradition of low-rise movements. It maintains its thinness regardless of the inclusion of an integrated stopwatch function plus a flyback mechanism. Its coupling is vertically oriented to conserve space. Not like horizontal coupling, a vertically oriented coupling mechanism enables Piaget to obviate fine tuning on the column wheel plus the chronograph manage in the course of production. Caliber 880P is 12 lignes (26.eight mm) in diameter, consists of 35 jewels and features a 52-hour energy reserve. The screws on the rim in the substantial and visually attractive balance are only decorative, for the reason that fine adjustments may be performed by way of a Triovis regulating process. The motion is extremely attractively decorated using a assortment of engraved patterns, like Geneva waves. The ball-borne rotor winds the mainspring in each directions of rotation and bears the coat-of-arms of your Piaget family members. The stopwatch function of Caliber 880P was deliberately made to be a short-interval chronograph and is restricted to 30 elapsed minutes. Instead of giving the motion a 12-hour counter, Piaget opted to get a 24-hour hand at 9 o’clock to indicate the hour inside a second time zone. The recommended retail price tag is $20,900.