A SHOW OF METAL

Pi­aget launches its first all-steel watch col­lec­tion.

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Contents -

As more brands look to ex­pand their of­fer­ings to in­clude more af­ford­able op­tions, Pi­aget launches its first all-steel watch col­lec­tion.

It might not be the sex­i­est watch ma­te­rial, but stain­less steel is hav­ing a mo­ment right now. It is, af­ter all, a durable and rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive ma­te­rial that can al­low brands to of­fer oth­er­wise costlier, pre­cious met­a­l­en­cased watches at lower prices. Beyond that, steel is also the clas­sic choice for sporty icons such as the Patek Philippe Nau­tilus and the Aude­mars Piguet Royal Oak.

In 2016, for in­stance, brands like Blanc­pain, Chopard and Gi­rard-Per­re­gaux in­tro­duced steel-en­cased timepieces rang­ing from per­pet­ual cal­en­dars to dual-timers. In the mid­dle of the same year, Pi­aget un­veiled its first steel watch col­lec­tion, the Polo S, at an event in New York City. In at­ten­dance and sport­ing the new de­sign was brand am­bas­sador, Dead­pool star Ryan Reynolds, along with eight other lu­mi­nar­ies from vary­ing fi elds, in­clud­ing lit­er­a­ture, sports and fi lm.

A fresh take on the Pi­aget Polo – an ex­ist­ing range that was all the rage when it was first launched in 1979 – the new Polo S jux­ta­poses a cush­ion-shaped dial against a 42mm round case. There are two main vari­ants in the fi ve-piece col­lec­tion: the au­to­matic Polo S, and the Polo S Chrono­graph. Both are pow­ered by spe­cially de­vel­oped new move­ments – the for­mer by the self-wind­ing 1110P move­ment, and the chrono­graphs (that can track in­ter­vals of up to 12 hours) by the self-wind­ing 1160P move­ment. Re­tail prices for the au­to­matic and chrono­graph ver­sions are $15,500 and $20,600, re­spec­tively – a marked low­er­ing of the cost of en­try to the brand.

Look­ing at the Polo S watches on the wrists of Pi­aget’s lat­est nine gamechang­ers, rang­ing from Chi­nese ac­tor Hu Ge to English polo player Mal­colm Bor­wick, we think the time­piece – which bal­ances ele­gance with strong mas­cu­line lines – wears well and will lend it­self eas­ily to diff er­ent oc­ca­sions.

Reynolds clearly thinks it will look good on the ladies as well. At the launch, he shared with the au­di­ence that his daugh­ter, one-year-old James Reynolds, had been “mess­ing with” his watch, adding: “What she doesn’t know is that her ini­tials are en­graved on the back of it, and it will one day be hers.” Awww.

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