Piaget Watches: in Search of Perfection

In 2007, Piaget celebrated the 50th anniversary of its ultra-thin gauge 9 p with the reissue of the movement that made it famous. This year also marked the launch of the first mechanical chronograph movement developed in-house. Check out more information about this landmark in the company on this issue developed by Alexander Linz, blog Watch Insider, WatchTime magazine. (Update: Raphael Calles)
2007 was a milestone for Piaget. 50 years ago, the company introduced the Calibre 9 p, a hand-wound movement with just 2 mm thick. Three years after this move would receive an update: a self-winding, that would increase to no more than 2.3 mm thick. This mechanism is called Caliber 12 p. With him, the company won a publication in the Guinness World Records as the creator of the “thinnest self-winding movement in the world”. Today, Piaget enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a skilled watch maker elegance and impressively thin.
More recently, the carda 430P manual gauges (with 43 hour power reserve and display of hours and minutes), 450P (43 hours of power reserve, hour, minute and small seconds on the 10 o’clock position) and 438P (diameter greater than the 430P caliber, but with the same functions) were introduced. They measure just 2.1 mm thick, as well as the Tourbillon calibre 600 p. The date was marked by the company’s focus back exclusively for the ultrafine jewelry.

Already in the range of models self-winding, 1205P (hours, minutes, small seconds and date) and 1200 d (with bright, 259-skeletonized watches and showing hours and minutes), of 3 mm thick; and 1290P (40-hour power reserve, Minute Repeater, hours and minutes).
Also in 2007, the Calibre 9 p was presented in a limited edition in the Altiplano model for wrist and Pocket, with a 38 mm round box in white gold. The piece has white enamel dial with Roman numerals and signature of Piaget with “Old English”. Only 50 units were produced and sold to the value of $ 14500. Pocket watches (25 in white gold and rose gold, both 25 $ 21 1000 each) have square box of 38 mm in diameter, silver dial and hands slim and discreet. like all historical models of Piaget, the caseback is engraved with the coat of arms of the brand. The watches come with a gold chain and leather accessories, which transforms it into a clock. The 9 p movement oscillates at a frequency of 19800 vibrations per hour. Even with its small dimensions, it counts with 38 hours power reserve.
The Watch not only revive an explosion of ultra-thin watches. It marks the anniversary of the movement with the first mechanical chronograph designed and produced in-house: 880P, which makes its release in the model Piaget Polo Chronograph, with a box in pink gold 43 mm in diameter. The family of calibres Piaget identified by the number 8 includes the 830P caliber of manual winding, the 800 p and the 850P with counter and second time zone.
Unlike other movements of 800 family, working with semi-oscilações 28800 per hour, 800 p works at a rate of 21600. With 5.6 mm thick, he continues the tradition of fine movements of the company. He retains its thickness, even with the inclusion of the stopwatch function with flyback function to the engine. Their coupling was held vertically to save space. Unlike the horizontal coupling, the vertical orientation makes the company avoid the fine-tuning on column wheel Chronograph and control during manufacturing. This caliber has 12 lines (26.8 mm) in diameter, 35 rubies and 52 hours of power reserve. The screws located on the edge of the balance sheet are merely decorative, because fine adjustment can be done by adjusting Triovis system. The movement is decorated in various ways, including details on côtes de Genève. The rotor that feeds the spring in both directions sports the coat of arm of the Piaget family. The timer function is intended to be limited to just 30 minutes. Instead of giving the count of 12 hours, the Watch has added a 24-hour pointer in the position of 9 hours for the indication of a second time zone.
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