PIAGET – ALTIPLANO MARQUETRY TOURBILLON
Introduced for the SIHH, the duo of extra-flat watches in a limited edition made by Piaget features a tourbillon with a dazzling effect using the pietra dura technique.
The 1960s were very prolific years for Piaget, both in terms of aesthetics and technique. In 1957 the brand’s conquest of extra-flat watchmaking began with its famous calibre 9P, introduced at the Foire de Bâle and measuring just 2mm. Since 1963, the brand has stood out from its rivals by designing models with minimalist dials using stones with the pietra dura technique (turquoise, jade, tiger’s eye). These highlights from Piaget’s history, to which can be added the tourbillon in the Altiplano collection, introduced in 2017, are combined today in the Métiers d’Art collection, with two new models of the Altiplano Marquetery Tourbillon.
This pair of watches, made in just eight pieces each and sold exclusively in the brand’s own stores, have a stone marquetry dial, made of malachite for one and lapis lazuli for the other, delicately cut out at 2.30 to house a tourbillon. The tourbillon is powered by the extra-flat calibre 670P, a manual-winding movement providing 48 hours of power reserve.
The dial, made of lapis lazuli – an ultramarine stone that is often sprinkled with golden flakes – is encircled with a bezel set with baguette diamonds, which are echoed by the diamonds covering the white-gold case. The hour rim features stick-style hands discreetly displaying the hours and minutes at 8.30.
The layout is the same on the pink gold version, with a dial made of malachite, a stone made up of streaks of different green tones, with an even more hypnotic graphic effect.
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By Sharmila Bertin