“Ultra-thin” is a term I have historically had little personal association with. Moreover, middle-age has led to “ultra-wide”.
I have spent most of my life avoiding terms such as “light”, “diet” or “fat free” as invariably I am left feeling short-changed.
The anorexic supermodel has never really ignited passionate and salacious thoughts in this rotund heterosexual. I have always preferred the “voluptuous lass who enjoys a good feed”.
My choice in watches has also followed a similar path at times, large cased, bulbous sport models have always suited my persona. However, sometimes, I like to wear a suit and project a formal, reserved persona and then I choose one of my favoured dress watches.
It is the thin cased watch which has recently been attracting me, are my tastes changing?
A recent visit to Salon QP and a brief encounter with the Piaget Altiplano watch stole my heart.
A thin watch? What is happening to me, a mid-life crisis?
Study the watch closely and it soon becomes apparent that this timepiece has universal appeal to any red-blooded watch collector.
The case and dial
The white gold case is exquisite, the diameter of 43mm suits my large frame, but the case height is a remarkable 5.25mm making it one of the thinnest watches of its type.
The silver coloured dial is minimalistic in its presentation, but all the better for that. No ostentatious adornment, just classic timeless simplicity.
The dial is not cluttered with numerous functions, just subsidiary seconds, located off-centre at 5 o’clock. It is the eccentric positioning of the sub-dial that I love. It is unexpected and a departure from the normal symmetrical design sought by the many.
Slim indices are used to convey the hours and the only boast, is that is “Automatic” and “Swiss Made”.
Less is more.
This is no “Plain Jane” more an alluring beauty which does not need extraneous adornment.
Manufacture Piaget 1208P is the thinnest self-winding movement in the world (2.35mm thick). I repeat the word “Manufacture” as Piaget has a wonderful reputation of making its own calibres and has supplied other watch brands over the years.
The company based in Jura mountains was formed in 1874 and the knowledge acquired is beautifully demonstrated with this calibre.
The slender waist may suggest horological malnutrition, but the calibre is full of character.
The off-centre micro-rotor, to provide tension to the main spring, is pink gold engraved with the Piaget coat of arms and marked “Manufacture Piaget”.
The calibre features; blued screws; 27 jewels; Côtes de Genève; beveled bridges; perlage on the mainplate; wheels with sunburst motif and 191 components.
There is nothing lightweight here.
I have fallen for the svelte lines of this beautiful watch.
This is not a mid-life crisis. The slender lines harness a vast amount of horology and expertise.
I have not fallen out with large sports models but I would like more than a dalliance with this lovely. A long term relationship is befitting.
- Model: Piaget Altiplano watch
- Reference: G0A35130
- Case: 18-carat white gold; 43 mm diameter; 5.25mm height; sapphire crystal to both front and rear.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; seconds.
- Calibre: Self-winding; blued screws; 27 jewels; Côtes de Genève; beveled bridges; perlage on the mainplate; wheels with sunburst motif; 191 components; thinnest in the world (2.35mm thick); frequency 21,600 vph (3Hz); power reserve 44 hours.
- Calibre Reference: 1208P
- Strap: black alligator on an ardillon buckle