SLEEK SIL­HOU­ETTES

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | Watches -

TO DATE, PI­AGET HAS UN­DER ITS BELT AN IM­PRES­SIVE 27 MOVE­MENTS THAT HAVE BRO­KEN 15 UL­TRA-THIN RECORDS; THEY ARE, HOW­EVER, NOT CLOSE TO FIN­ISHED. THIS YEAR, THE MAN­U­FAC­TURE PUR­SUES ITS BATTLE OF THE SLIM WITH THE PI­AGET EM­PER­ADOR COUSSIN TOUR­BIL­LON SKELE­TON, FIT­TED WITH THE 1270S CAL­I­BRE, WHICH AT A MERE 8.85MM THICK HAS BEEN PRO­CLAIMED THE THINNEST TOUR­BIL­LON AU­TO­MATIC SKELE­TON WATCH ON THE MAR­KET. THE PIECE IS A DE­SCEN­DANT OF PI­AGET’S 1270P CAL­I­BRE, THE MAN­U­FAC­TURE’S UL­TRA-THIN TOUR­BIL­LON AU­TO­MATIC MOVE­MENT, BUT STRIPPED DOWN TO ITS BARE ESSEN­TIALS. PI­AGET’S ES­TEEMED AL­TI­PLANO COL­LEC­TION MAKES HIS­TORY AS WELL AS IT WEL­COMES A NO­TABLE COM­PLI­CA­TION TO THE FAM­ILY, A NEW UL­TRA-THIN FLY­BACK CHRONO­GRAPH. THE PIECE IS DRIVEN BY THE PI­AGET CAL­I­BRE 883P, WHICH AT A MERE 4.65MM HAS SET YET AN­OTHER RECORD FOR THE BRAND AS BE­ING THE THINNEST HAND-WOUND FLY­BACK CHRONO­GRAPH EVER PRO­DUCED. THE CASE LIKE­WISE BREAKS A RECORD, MEA­SUR­ING ONLY 8.24MM IN WIDTH. ACHIEV­ING THIS—WHICH WAS BY NO MEANS AN EASY FEAT, CON­SID­ER­ING THE CASE HAD TO AC­COM­MO­DATE A FLY­BACK FUNC­TION WITH VER­TI­CAL CLUTCH AND COL­UMN-WHEEL—TOOK TWO YEARS OF RE­SEARCH AND DEVEL­OP­MENT.

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