News March 2006

Since 1874, Piaget has been dedicated to conceiving, developing and producing “in-house” mechanical movements manufactured in La Côte-aux-Fées. This fact naturally makes Piaget one of the most authentic Manufactures in watchmaking history.

Movements

New mechanical movements, heralding a year set to feature a wealth of technical developments for Piaget

The Watch Quote™ - March 19th, 2006

Piaget has thus been cultivating its vocation as a Manufacture for over one hundred thirty years. Far from boasting this title to back its own self-proclaimed status, a habit much in vogue these days, the Manufacture was first and foremost chosen to play such a role by its peers.

In the early days after its founding, Piaget earned itself an enviable reputation by supplying exceptional movements to the most prestigious Swiss watchmaking brands. Subsequently, from the early 20th century onwards, it chose to create and to highlight its own brand by presenting exceptional watch and jewellery creations. By equipping its timepieces with proprietary Manufacture-made movements, the company quite logically found its place among the select circle of genuinely all-round players in the demanding field of Haute Horlogerie.

Eleven new movements in eight years…

In keeping with its rich history, the latest decade has been one of intense creativity for Piaget in terms of mechanical movements. The company has conceived, developed, produced and marketed no less than eleven of its own mechanical movements over the past eight years. Even among other brands operating at the peak of Haute Horlogerie, few can claim such a level of creativity. Although barely begun, the year 2006 will show that the pace has been stepped up even further.

A promising 2006 vintage…

As the first fruits of what looks set to be a bountiful harvest, Calibre 850P also stems from a know-how that is cultivated with great passion. Conceived, developed and produced by the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget, this calibre is a mechanical self-winding movement indicating the hours, minutes, seconds, date and second time-zone.

Representing the latest generation of Piaget movements, this complicated calibre is entirely in tune with current trends and demands. It has gained in volume (12'''calibre, 4 mm thick). Equipped with two barrels, calibre 850P provides a 72-hour power reserve and beats at a cadence of 21,600 vibrations per hour, the natural frequency of traditional Haute Horlogerie. The movement is wound by a bidirectional oscillating weight engraved with the Piaget emblem.

In the same creative vein, Piaget also unveils its new ultra-thin Calibre 450P, a mechanical hand-wound Manufacture-made movement showing the hours and minutes, as well as the small seconds off-centred on a subdial at 10 o'clock (9''' calibre, 2.1 mm thick).

Both calibres display refined finishing details: circular-grained plate, bevelled bridges, blued screws and circular Côtes de Genève decorative motif.

These mechanical movements are in direct line from the legendary calibres on which Piaget built its reputation, including several world firsts. The early ones were called 9P and 12P, which later evolved to become other benchmark calibres such as 430P, 500P and 551P, to mention but a few.

Equipping itself with the means to achieve its goals, thoroughly fine-tuning fundamentals and making major investments in Research & Development: such are the driving principles behind the Manufacture-related aspect of the Piaget strategy.

Fifty years after the 1956 world première viewing of its famous ultra-thin hand-wound Calibre 9P, at a mere 2.1 mm thick, the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget once again proves that it has the necessary resources and know-how to achieve genuine innovations.

Piaget Emperador

Tourbillon Skeleton

Piaget Emperador Tourbillon Squelette watch - ref: G0A31047
  • Available exclusively from Piaget Boutiques
  • Numbered model
  • Large model
  • 18-carat pink gold case set with 151 brilliant-cut diamonds (2.4 cts)
  • Mechanical openworked Tourbillon Manufacture Piaget 600P movement
  • Skeletonised with 18-carat pink gold bridges set with 152 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.3 ct) and 7 sapphire cabochons (0.2 ct)
  • World's slimmest shaped tourbillon
  • Movement thicknes:3.5 mm
    Caging diameter:22.40 mm x 28.64 mm
    Number of jewels:23
    Vibrations:21,600 vph
    Oscillating organ - diameter of the balance:7.75 mm
    Motor organ - mainspring torque:310 pmm
    Approximately 40-hour power reserve
    Flying tourbillon positioned at 12 o'clock, rotating once a minute
    Tourbillon carriage:3 titanium bridges
    Weight of the tourbillon carriage:0.2 g Planetary differential gear system
    Mainplate, bridges and carriage bevelled and drawn out by hand with file strokes
    Reverse side of movement:sunburst guilloché motif (60 graduations evoking 60 seconds)
    Blued screws
    Brown alligator leather strap
    18-carat pink gold folding clasp set with 26 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.4 ct)
    Ref.:G0A31047


    Tourbillon Moon Phases

    Piaget Emperador Tourbillon Moon Phases watch - ref: G0A31121
  • Available exclusively from Piaget Boutiques XL model
  • 18-carat white gold case
  • Sapphire crystal case-back
  • Silvered dial with “grain d’orge” guilloché centre, black Roman numerals
  • Mechanical Manufacture Piaget 640P movement
  • World's slimmest shaped tourbillon
  • Movement thickness:3.5 mm
    Caging diameter:22.40 mm x 28.64 mm
    Number of jewels:23
    Cadence:21,600 vph
    Oscillating organ - diameter of the balance:7.75 mm
    Motor organ - mainspring torque:310 pmm
    Approximately 40-hour power reserve
    Flying tourbillon positioned at 12 o'clock, rotating once a minute
    Tourbillon carriage: 3 titanium bridges
    Weight of the tourbillon carriage:0.2 g
    Planetary differential gear system
    Lapis lazuli moon-phase display with 18 carat white gold moon at 6 o'clock
    Corrector at 8 o'clock
    Mainplate, bridges and carriage bevelled and drawn out by hand with file strokes
    Finishing:circular Côtes de Genève motif
    Blued screws
    Black alligator leather strap
    18-carat white gold folding clasp
    Ref.:G0A31121


    Joaillerie
    Piaget Emperador Joaillerie watch - ref: G0A31022
  • Large model
  • 18-carat white gold case set with 151 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.4 cts)
  • White mother-of-pearl dial, centre paved with 148 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.3 ct), 18-carat white gold applied hour-markers and diamond-set Arabic numerals, white guilloché mother-of-pearl small seconds counter at 10 o'clock, white guilloché mother-of-pearl and diamond-set power-reserve display at 6 o'clock
  • Mechanical self-winding Manufacture Piaget 551P movement
  • Movement thickness:4.9 mm
    Number of jewels:27
    Cadence:21,600 vph
    Approximately 40-hour power reserve
    White alligator leather strap
    18-carat white gold pin buckle
    Ref.:G0A31022


    Haute Joaillerie

    Piaget Emperador Haute Joaillerie watch - ref: G0A31117
  • Large model 18-carat white gold case set with 151 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.4 cts)
  • White gold dial set with 195 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.6 ct), Polynesian mother-of-pearl marquetry-worked centre, 18-carat white gold applied hour-markers and Arabic numerals, small seconds at 10 o'clock, power reserve at 6 o'clock
  • Mechanical self-winding Manufacture Piaget 551P movement
  • Movement thickness:4.9 mm
    Number of jewels:27
    Cadence:21,600 vph
    Approximately 40-hour power reserve
    18-carat white gold bracelet paved with 549 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 17 cts)
    18-carat white gold integrated buckle
    Ref.:G0A31117


    Tourbillon Haute Joaillerie

    Piaget Emperador Tourbillon Haute Joaillerie watch - ref: G0A31119
  • XL model
  • 18-carat white gold case set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 3.6 cts) and 119 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.8 cts)
  • 18-carat white gold case-back paved with 302 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2 cts), small sapphire crystal under the tourbillon carriage
  • Blue mother-of-pearl dial, centre paved with 88 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.2 ct), black Roman numerals
  • World's slimmest shaped tourbillon
  • Movement thickness:3.5 mm
    Caging diameter:22.40 mm x 28.64 mm
    Number of jewels:24
    Cadence:21,600 vph
    Oscillating organ - diameter of the balance:7.75 mm
    Motor organ - mainspring torque:310 pmm
    Approximately 40-hour power reserve
    Flying tourbillon positioned at 12 o'clock, rotating once a minute
    Tourbillon carriage:3 titanium bridges
    Weight of the tourbillon carriage:0.2 g Planetary differential gear system
    Mainplate, bridges and carriage bevelled and drawn out by hand with file strokes
    Finishing:circular Côtes de Genève motif
    Blued screws
    Black alligator leather strap
    18-carat white gold folding clasp set with 26 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.4 ct)
    Ref.:G0A31119


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    Piaget Altiplano

    Pink Gold
    Piaget Altiplano Pink Gold watch - ref: G0A31107
  • Medium-sized model 18-carat pink gold case set with 72 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.5 ct)
  • White mother-of-pearl dial, stylised gilded Arabic numerals, small seconds counter at 10 o'clock set with 28 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.1 ct)
  • Mechanical ultra-thin Manufacture Piaget 450P movement
  • Movement thickness:2.1 mm
    Number of jewels:18
    Cadence:21,600 vph
    Approximately 40-hour power reserve
    Finishing:circular Côtes de Genève, rhodium-plated bevelled bridges
    Beige satin strap
    18-carat pink gold pin buckle
    Ref.:G0A31107


    White Gold
    Piaget Altiplano White Gold watch - ref: G0A31105
  • Medium-sized model 18-carat white gold case set with 72 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.5 ct)
  • White mother-of-pearl dial, stylised silvered Arabic numerals, small seconds counter at 10 o'clock set with 28 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.1 ct)
  • Mechanical ultra-thin Manufacture Piaget 450P movement
  • Movement thickness:2.1 mm
    Number of jewels:18
    Cadence:21,600 vph
    Approximately 40-hour power reserve
    Finishing:circular Côtes de Genève, rhodium-plated bevelled bridges
    White satin strap
    18-carat white gold pin buckle
    Ref.:G0A31105


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    Piaget Emperador Cushion shape

    Cushion shape pink Gold

    montre Piaget Emperador Cushion shape pink Gold - ref: G0A31017
  • Large model
  • 18-carat pink gold case
  • Silvered dial, “grain d'orge” guilloché centre, black Roman numerals, second time zone at 7 o'clock, large date at 12 o'clock and small seconds at 5 o'clock
  • Mechanical self-winding Manufacture Piaget 850P movement
  • Movement thickness:4 mm
    Number of jewels:30
    Cadence:21,600 vph
    Approximately 72-hour power reserve
    Brown alligator leather strap
    18-carat pink gold folding clasp
    Ref.:G0A31017


    Cushion shape white Gold & Diamonds

    montre Piaget Emperador Cushion shape white Gold & Diamonds - ref: G0A31018
  • Large model
  • 18-carat white gold case set with 136 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.6 cts)
  • White mother of pearl dial set with 123 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.4 ct), black Roman numerals, gem-set applied hour-markers, second time zone at 7 o'clock, large date at 12 o'clock and small seconds at 5 o'clock
  • Mechanical self-winding Manufacture Piaget 850P movement
  • Movement thickness:4 mm
    Number of jewels:30
    Cadence:21,600 vph
    Approximately 72-hour power reserve
    Black alligator leather strap
    18-carat white gold folding clasp
    Ref.:G0A31018


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