PIAGET – PIAGET CUSHION MINUTE-REPEATER ULTRA-THIN EMPERADOR
THE EPITOME OF FINESSE
The battle for finesse has been hard fought over the past few years. And to date, the winner is none other than Piaget, with its ultra-thin timepiece from the Emperador collection.
Along with the aesthetic beauty on display in the Piaget Cushion Minute-Repeater Ultra-Thin Emperador, what makes this a particularly interesting watch is the technical complexity involved in making it. The timepiece has set a double record in its category, not only with a calibre that is just 4.8 mm thick, but also because of the watch case – a mere 9.4 mm thick.
Manufactured inside the company, this atypical model shows a sharp artistic sense. The first minute repeater made by Piaget, it also marks the fourth major complication developed by the firm from La Côte-aux-Fées, a town in the canton of Neuchâtel, in French-speaking Switzerland.
The watch’s movement, the calibre 1290P, is currently the slimmest in the world, and provides the timepiece with hour, minute and minute-repeater functions, as well as a power reserve of 40 hours. Piaget’s quest for slimness is such that some of the watch’s elements are just 0.12mm thick, and others only 0.07mm – the thickness of a hair! Developing the self-winding minute-repeater movement and steel gongs took no less than three years of intensive work before achieving the exceptionally clear and warm chimes. The 48mm pink-gold case plays a vital role in transmitting the sound, since it is open-worked, providing the best possible transmission of the gong vibration. The dial, fitted with sapphire glass, reveals the dance of the elements in the Cushion Minute-Repeater Ultra-Thin Emperador movement – 407 of them in all!
Price: CHF284,000 piaget.com
By Isabelle Guignet