News March 2008

In 2008, Piaget continues to demonstrate its expertise in the field of mechanical movements by presenting a new complication calibre designed, developed and produced within its Manufacture for the Emperador Coussin Perpetual Calendar model, as well as by extending its star Altiplano collection, now available in a 40 mm version.

Altiplano & Emperador Coussin
Perpetual Calendar

Between classical design and the mastery of mechanical time

The Watch Quote™ - March 21st, 2008


Piaget Emperador Coussin
Perpetual Calendar
Ref.: G0A33019

Piaget Altiplano 40 mm
Ref.: G0A33112

Piaget Emperador Coussin
Perpetual Calendar
Ref.: G0A33018

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.

Altiplano 40 mm

The quintessence of ultra-thin

Piaget Altiplano 40 mm 18-carat white gold - ref. G0A33112

It single-handedly embodies Piaget’s identity and its acknowledged expertise in the realm of the ultra-thin.

Loyal to its characteristic pure lines and well-respected classicism, the Altiplano collection is enriched with a model appearing for the first time in a 40 mm diameter.

In keeping with these new dimensions, the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget has equipped this Altiplano watch with a state-of-the-art 12-lignes (12’’’) movement, Manufacture Piaget Calibre 838P. This ultra-thin hand-wound movement is a mere 2.5 mm thick.

While the new model retains the aesthetic codes of the Altiplano collection – a slender, elegant case and an understated dial with simple or double transferred hour-markers and baton-shaped hands – it is distinguished by its 40 mm diameter, its small seconds at 10 o’clock and by a Piaget logo at 3 o’clock ensuring a perfectly harmonious overall effect.

The white gold case is fitted with a sapphire crystal back enabling one to admire all aspects of the movement decoration, such as circular Côtes de Genève and blued screws which are the signature features of Piaget movements.

The 40 mm Altiplano movement is also available in a pink gold version with a chocolate brown dial, and in a platinum limited edition.

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Reference: G0A33112 - Large model
Case:18-carat white gold case
Silver-coloured dial: black baton hour-markers, baton hands>
Manufacture Piaget 838P ultra-thin mechanical hand-wound movement
Functions: Hour, minute, small seconds (at 10 o'clock) >
Movement thickness: 2.5 mm>
Casing dimensions: 26.8 mm>
Number of jewels: 19>
Cadence: 21,600 vph >
Approximately 65-hour power reserve>
Finishing: circular Côtes de Genève, circular-grained plate, bridges bevelled and drawn with a file, blued screws
18-carat white gold pin buckle
Strap:Black alligator leather strap

Emperador Coussin Perpetual Calendar

Sovereign mastery of time

Piaget Emperador Coussin Perpetual Calendar 18-carats pink gold - ref. G0A33019

Following on from models such as the tourbillon, the tourbillon relatif and the chronograph, Piaget is pursuing its quest for horological complications by presenting the new Manufacture Calibre 855P with perpetual calendar. Mechanically programmed to cope with the irregularities of our Gregorian calendar up until the year 2100, the perpetual calendar is one of the major complications of the watchmaking art, as well as one of the most widely used.

Measuring 5.6 mm thick, the Manufacture Piaget Calibre 855P self-winding movement was designed, developed and produced entirely in-house. It displays the hours, minutes, small seconds at 4 o’clock, month and leap years at 12 o’clock, along with retrograde day of the week and date displays at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively.

In addition to the latter retrograde indications, this Calibre 855P stands out from most ordinary perpetual calendars by the addition of a double-hand dual time-zone display appearing in a subdial at 8 o’clock. The self-winding Piaget Calibre 855P beats at a cadence of 21,600 vibrations per hour and is endowed with an approximately 72-hour power reserve.

Inspired by an historical Piaget model revived two years ago and distinguished by an harmoniously balanced play on shapes, the case of the Piaget Emperador Coussin Perpetual Calendar is entirely in tune with the aesthetic mood of the moment.

The subtile architecture of the 46 mm case enables it to adapt to all wrists and imparts a particularly elegant profile. In line with Piaget’s determination to combine horological complications with user-friendliness, the case middle actually carries a mention of the function of each of the four correctors for the month, date, day of the week and second time zone.

Subtly alternating polished and satin-brushed surfaces on the case middle, bezel and inner bezel ring, the case of the Piaget Emperador Coussin Perpetual Calendar is fitted with a sapphire crystal back providing admirable views of the movement finishes. The plate and bridges are circular-grained, bevelled and drawn out with a file.

The decorative features such as circular Côtes de Genève and blued screws match the brand’s aesthetic signature codes, while the oscillating weight is adorned with the Piaget coat-of-arms. All the decoration and finishing, along with the casing up, are performed in Piaget’s La Côte-aux-Fées workshops which are entirely dedicated to horological complications.

The complex nature of the movement powering the Piaget Emperador Coussin Perpetual Calendar explains its restricted annual production. The case of each timepiece is engraved with the year of production and the number of watches produced.

A highly exclusive Haute Horlogerie model, the Piaget Emperador Coussin Perpetual Calendar is available in an 18-carat pink gold version on a brown leather strap complete with 18-carat pink gold pin buckle, along with a version in 18-carat white gold.

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Piaget Emperador Coussin Perpetual Calendar


Reference:G0A33018
Case:18-carat white gold case
Silvered dial: wsatin-finished counters, applied 18-carat white gold hour-markers, case-back fitted with sapphire crystal revealing the movement
Manufacture Piaget 855P mechanical self-winding perpetual calendar movement
Functions:Hour, minute, small seconds (at 4 o'clock), dual time (at 8 o'clock), month/leap year (at 12 o'clock), day (retrograde indicator at 9 o'clock) and date (retrograde indicator at 3 o'clock)
Movement thickness: 5.60 mm
Casing dimensions: 28.4 mm
Number of jewels: 38
Cadence: 21,600 vph
Approximately 72-hours power reserve
Finishing: circular Côtes de Genève, circular-grained plate, bridges bevelled and drawn with a file, blued screws, oscillating weight engraved with Piaget coat-of-arms
18-carat white gold pin buckle
Strap:Black alligator leather strap

Piaget Emperador Coussin Perpetual Calendar 18-carats white gold - ref. G0A33018


Reference:G0A33019
Case:18-carat pink gold case
Blue dial: satin-finished counters, applied 18-carat pink gold hour-markers, case-back fitted with sapphire crystal revealing the movement
Manufacture Piaget 855P mechanical self-winding perpetual calendar movement
Functions:Hour, minute, small seconds (at 4 o'clock), dual time (at 8 o'clock), month/leap year (at 12 o'clock), day (retrograde indicator at 9 o'clock) and date (retrograde indicator at 3 o'clock) Movement thickness: 5.60 mm
Casing dimensions: 28.4 mm
Number of jewels: 38
Cadence: 21,600 vph
Approximately 72-hour power reserve
Finishing: circular Côtes de Genève, circular-grained plate, bridges bevelled and drawn with a file, blued screws, oscillating weight engraved with Piaget coat-of-arms
18-carat pink gold pin buckle
Strap:Brown alligator leather strap

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