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Piaget - Altiplano Ultimate Concept

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept 2020

Following the introduction, in 2018, of a prototype that was just 2 mm thick, Piaget is now bringing the Altiplano Ultimate Concept to the market as a fully developed, tried and tested watch.

This watch implements several Piaget innovations, including a case that forms part of the movement, a unique, integrated winding crown, an ultra-thin crystal and new constructions for the barrel and energy regulation.

Comprised of 167 individual components, the Altiplano Ultimate Concept was developed and produced entirely in-house by Piaget's dedicated Research and Innovation division in a process that required the filing of no fewer than five patents, beginning with the creation of a 41 mm case into which the movement baseplate is directly machined.

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept 2020

Too thin to use gold, the Altiplano Ultimate Concept case had to be made from a new, cobalt-based alloy that is highly resistant, 2.3 times stronger than gold but, as a consequence, more difficult to machine.

Other parts were entirely re-engineered and re-sized, with wheels, for example, being reduced from a conventional 0.20 mm thick to 0.12 mm and the sapphire crystal, normally 1 mm thick in a standard watch, being pared-down by 80 per cent to an unbelievable 0.2 mm. A mere 0.12 mm of cobalt separates the movement from the wearer's skin.

The mainspring barrel has no cover or drum but is mounted on a single, ceramic ball-bearing within the frame of the watch and enables the 4Hz (28,800 vph) fully-wound movement to run for up to 40 hours.

The crown, has been completely re-invented to take the form of a flat, telescopic system (with its own, specially-designed winding tool) that fits flush with the case band and in which the conventional sliding pinion clutch and crown wheel are substituted for a single, 'infinite screw'.

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept 2020

Such a construction offers the great advantage of perfectly protecting the crown, and therefore the movement, from unwanted shock.

Since a conventional, straight winding stem could not be used for the dial's off-centre position, a patented 'staggered' stem was created.

The conventional hour hand is replaced with a revolving indicator disc while the minute hand works in the usual way.

Instead of having a dial and two hands placed on top of a bridge, the Altiplano Ultimate Concept features a dial that lies beneath it, thus providing protection from any contact with the strong but wafer-thin crystal should it be momentarily deformed in an impact.

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept 2020

The minuscule size of many components did not prevent Piaget's artisans from embellishing the movement with sunburst and satin-brushed finishes, chamfered and polished bridges and enhancing the appearance of the combined case/baseplate with a sophisticated PVD treatment.

A special alligator skin strap, a blue rubber and a blue technical textile strap were developed. They are all ultra-thin, featuring a velvet calfskin lining and an ultra-strong Kevlar - secured by an ultra-thin cobalt pin buckle.

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept 2020 G0A45502
Altiplano Ultimate Concept G0A45502

The Altiplano Ultimate Concept can be customised to the requirements of individual owners. As a result, buyers may specify the colour of the bridge and dial, the finish of the hands and the main plate and select the favourite strap.

The six-figure price is on request and depending on customisation. piaget.com


Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept 2020 G0A45500
Altiplano Ultimate Concept G0A45500

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept 2020 G0A45501
Altiplano Ultimate Concept G0A45501

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