BLUE-HUED METALLIC EMBROIDERY
Piaget’s new watch, embracing several of the brand’s specialties – ultra-thinness, skeletonization and color –, reveals every single working of its legendary mechanism on its lacework face.
In La Côte-aux-Fées, a small municipality in the canton of Neuchâtel, the mission was perfectly clear for the watchmakers who worked in the family farm transformed into a manufacture: create the finest watches possible. Almost 150 years on from when Piaget was founded, this challenge still reigns supreme in the firm, seen for example through the work on the ornamental stones used as a dial and the skeletonization on the movement which unveils all the inner secrets, as magnificently portrayed through the novel Polo Blue Skeleton showcased in February and proposed in two versions, one blue and the other anthracite.
The curvaceous 42 mm-diameter steel case, shaped like a circle yet also like a cushion in particular through the angular-aspect opening of its large satin-brushed bezel, was reworked to enhance fineness and, as such, to attain an ultra-slim 6.5 mm. As the dial is not “full”, the pair of hands openworked and the caseback adorns a sapphire-crystal porthole, the fortunate owner-wearer has a commanding view of the 2.4 mm-thin 1200S1 skeleton caliber, an upgrade of the 1200S. This selfwinding mechanical movement equipped with a micro-rotor visible at 9 o’clock drives the hour and minute display and delivers a power reserve of 44 hours. The blue PVD finish adds extra visual dynamics to the ensemble.
The Piaget Polo Blue Skeleton wraps round the wrist with an integrated steel-link bracelet which has been redesigned so it can be easily interchanged with the leather one attached by a folding clasp.
By Sharmila Bertin