MECHANICAL WATCHES OF THE YEAR: Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary

Piaget Altiplano

Valentin Piaget made a significant leap forward in 1957 when he unveiled the ultra-thin 9P manual-winding movement at the Basel watch fair of that year. At 2 mm thick, the 9P enabled a broader 20.5mm dial opening that the first Altiplanos were designed around.

60 years later, Piaget put the 2017 Altiplanos at the heart of its presentation at SIHH, revealing a slew of models including two limited edition recreations— one hand-winding and the other self-winding — inspired by the designs of the first ultra-thin watches.

The watches use the historic logo, the applied gold hour-markers and the signature cross as a nod to the line’s origins.

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The new models: Piaget Altiplano Self-Winding 43mm (G0A42105 — £22,300) and Piaget Altiplano Manual-Winding 38mm (G0A42107 — £16,700) have a sunburst dial in Piaget deep blue with white gold hour markers and the slim baton hands typical of the line.

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