News April 2006

Offering an intense and magical vision, defying the laws of gravity and equilibrium, the Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif watch heralds a new chapter in the history of this major complication, born two centuries ago from a desire to compensate for gravitational effects.

Polo Tourbillon Relatif

Intense and magical vision, defying the laws of gravity
and equilibrium

The Watch Quote™ - April 27th, 2006

Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif - Réf. : G0A31123 - Calibre 608P

Suspended from one end of the minute hand, the flying tourbillon carriage appears to be disconnected from the base movement driving it. The hours are read off on a central disc, while the tourbillon carriage is swept along in the rotation of the minute hand.

This exceptional timepiece vividly evokes the principle of relativity. A horological challenge in both technical and aesthetic terms, this new type of tourbillon is the most accomplished expression of the know-how cultivated by the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget, embodying its consistent determination to place technical sophistication in the service of design. Expressing the magic of perfect equilibrium, the Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif watch marks off time to the rhythm of the new proprietary Calibre 608P, a mechanical hand-wound flying tourbillon movement.

Representing a powerful demonstration of know-how and cutting-edge technology, the three bridges of the tourbillon carriage are crafted in titanium, a particularly resistant and light-weight material. Composed of 42 parts, the carriage – which spins on its axis once per minute, in addition to the hourly rotation around the dial – weighs a mere 0.2 grams! The visual effect thus produced is accentuated by the presence of the Piaget “P” initial. The asymmetrical nature of this decorative feature required meticulous development to ensure the overall aesthetic balance. The new tourbillon movement, Piaget Calibre 608P, beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz) and is endowed with a 70-hour power reserve. The mainplate is circular-grained and the bridges are hand-bevelled and drawn out with a file. Other decorative motifs such as circular Côtes de Genève and blued screws are inherent to the brand’s aesthetic principles. This exceptional movement is housed in a white gold Piaget Polo case measuring 45 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 30 metres.

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Tecnical data

Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif - Réf. : G0A31123 - Calibre 608P

Large model
Case:18-carat white gold
Dial:silvered, white gold applied Arabic numerals and hour-markers
Movement:Manual-winding tourbillon, Manufacture Piaget 608P
Movement thickness:3.28 mm
Movement thickness including hand fitting:9.14 mm
Caging diameter:11 1/2''' (ø 25.60 mm)
Number of jewels:27
Cadence:21,600 vph
Oscillating organ - diameter of balance:7.75 mm
Power reserve:approximately 70-hour
Flying tourbillon:the minute hand, which has its centre of rotation at the centre of the watch, performs one complete rotation per hour. The tourbillon carriage, suspended on the minute hand, spins once per minute on its own axis.
Tourbillon carriage:3 titanium bridges
Mass of the tourbillon carriage:0.2 g
Mainplate, bridges and carriage:bevelled and drawn out by hand with a file
Finishing:circular Côtes de Genève, blued screws
Strap:black alligator leather
Clasp:18-carat white gold folding

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