Piaget's Newest Altiplano Pieces Break a World Record

Piaget's Altiplano Ultimate Automatic looks back at the manufacture's history of thin movements while blazing a trail forward.

Next year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève doesn't happen until January 15, but Swiss Manufacture Piaget decided to get out in front of the event early with the announcement of a new timepiece that breaks a world record.

THE PIAGET ALTIPLANO ULTIMATE AUTOMATIC

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Three years after the launch of the then slimmest manual-winding watch in the world, Piaget's announcing the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic — the world's slimmest watch at a mere 4.300 mm thick, and the manufacture's coup de grâce of 2017, which it dedicated to its Altiplano collection.

Piaget's reputation goes way back to 1913, when the Maison appeared in watch industry supplier catalogues as the specialist of ultra-thin components. In 1957, they launched the manual-winding 9P calibre — one of the world’s thinnest movements of its kind at the time, measuring just 2 mm thick — at the Basel Fair in 1957 and revolutionized the market. 

This Altiplano Ultimate Automatic was conceived during the 2017 celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of its Altiplano line and of its ultra-thin 9P movement. Piaget calls the new timepiece "a distillation of technical excellence, a record-holder for its extreme thinness and the ultimate symbol of elegance." Indeed, you're looking at the new record holder for world’s thinnest automatic watch, a piece that took three long years to design and manufacture. 

 

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P 
Diameter: 41 mm
World’s thinnest mechanical automatic watch
18K pink gold watch
A merger between the calibre and the exterior elements; mechanical automatic Calibre 910P with black PVD-coated 22K gold peripheral oscillating weight
18K pink gold pin buckle
Black alligator leather strap
Development time: three years
Power reserve: approximately 50 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph / 3 Hz
Thickness: 4.30 mm (case + movement)
Number of jewels 30
Functions: hours and minutes offset at 10 o’clock
Number of components: 238 (case + movement)
Finishing operations: circular satin-brushed case-back, sunburst satin-brushed bridges, chamfered bridges, sunburst or circular satin-finished wheels, black-coated screws, dedicated index-assembly with “P” as the Piaget signature
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Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P 
Diameter: 41 mm
World’s thinnest mechanical automatic watch
18K white gold watch
A merger between the calibre and the exterior elements; mechanical automatic Calibre 910P with black PVD-coated 22K gold peripheral oscillating weight
18K white gold pin buckle
Black alligator leather strap
Development time: three years
Power reserve: approximately 50 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph / 3 Hz
Thickness: 4.30 mm (case + movement)
Number of jewels 30
Functions: hours and minutes offset at 10 o’clock
Number of components: 238 (case + movement)
Finishing operations: circular satin-brushed case-back, sunburst satin-brushed bridges, chamfered bridges, sunburst or circular satin-finished wheels, black-coated screws, dedicated index-assembly with “P” as the Piaget signature
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