Altiplano & Emperador Coussin
Between classical design and the mastery of mechanical time
The Watch Quote™ - March 21st, 2008
Reflecting its rich history, the latest decade has been one of intense creativity for Piaget in the area of mechanical movements, with no less than 17 such proprietary calibres emerging from its workshops over the past ten years. Even among the companies active at the very pinnacle of Haute Horlogerie, very few can match this degree of fertile inspiration and the year 2008 looks set to further boost this dynamic thrust.
The Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget has invested massively over the past few years in its two production sites in Plan-les-Ouates (Geneva) and La Côte-aux-Fées (Neuchâtel), in terms of both human resources and the equipment required to reinforce and implement its in-house manufacturing strategy.
All the mechanical timepieces by Piaget house a proprietary movement, and the proportion of these ‘home-made’ calibres within the overall range is constantly increasing. Testifying to patiently acquired expertise and representing authentic symbols of Fine Watchmaking, mechanical movements equip virtually all men’s watches, along with an increasing number of models in the Piaget ladies’ collections.
In light of the significant periods required to develop new mechanical movements, and even more importantly of the predominant share of manual work involved in crafting and finishing Piaget watches, production is inherently limited. This very fact gives it even more value in the eyes of connoisseurs who long to acquire new watch emerging from the workshops of the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget.
The two new major men’s introductions for 2008 forcefully reveal the identity, the know-how and the dynamism of a brand that has established itself within the ultra-select circle of full-fledged all-round players on the Fine Watchmaking scene.