Professionals Only Understand Complex Performance-ultra-thin Watch: Piaget Altiplano Collection

It is the most severe challenge of ultra-thin technology to pursue the ultimate possibility of extreme thinness under the existing functional conditions. Compared to other complex performances that pursue the most perfect presentation of function and aesthetics, the ultra-thin process is closer to the challenge of physical limits, and there is no possibility of compromise. Only a few brands in Switzerland have a lot of stars to build it. Ability for ultra-thin watches.

   However, there are few other bright spots in the design except for its slim appearance, which is the most ‘low-key’ complex performance. As an expert in ultra-thin technology, Piaget not only repeatedly set ultra-thin records, but also gave different appearances to complex processes through different performance interpretations, showing Piaget’s extremely high degree of mastery in ultra-thin technology.

To make ultra-thin watches, we must use simplified mechanical structures as much as possible in order to pursue extreme thinness. The ultra-thin craftsmanship of design tends to be simple and the technical threshold is quite high. It can be said that experts can only appreciate the complex performance.

   When it comes to the complex performance of clocks, the Thai halves that people think of are tourbillons, perpetual calendars, minute repeaters … Such works with certain technical thresholds and distinctive functional characteristics. In contrast, in order to pursue the ultimate slimness, the simplified mechanical structure is adopted as much as possible, and the ultra-thin process with a simple style is designed. Although the technical threshold is not low, it is difficult to be included in the complex performance. However, as people’s appreciation of watchmaking technology has increased, more and more collectors have appreciated the preciousness of ultrathin technology, and more brands have begun to invest more resources in the field of ultrathin technology. It’s just that compared to other complex properties, ultra-thin is still like another higher-level process field that is difficult to reach.

The ultra-thin movement’s parts are more compact, which means that the tolerances between the parts are smaller. After years of training, more skilled watchmakers are enough to perform the assembly of ultra-thin watches.

The ultimate display of technical power
   For a long time, the ultra-thin process is difficult to be universal. One of the reasons is the problem of technical threshold. The thin movement structure and thin parts required for ultra-thin watches are completely different from the design thinking of ordinary movements. There are almost no universal movements or parts available. All parts must be completely redesigned and manufactured. Therefore, the basic condition for the development of ultra-thin movements is to have a complete movement design and manufacturing capability, and ‘full watchmaking factories’ can be said to be one of the few in Switzerland.

The thin movement structure and thin parts required for ultra-thin watches are completely different from the design thinking of ordinary movements. There are almost no universal movements or parts available. All parts must be completely redesigned and manufactured.

   On the other hand, the ultra-thin movement’s components are more compact, which means that the tolerances between the components are smaller. It takes years of training and more skilled watchmakers to be able to perform the assembly of ultra-thin watches. Therefore, the ultra-thin technology can be said to be a comprehensive test of the technical strength of the watch factory, and this is also from the past to the present, there are still very few Swiss watch factories with the ability to engage in ultra-thin technology.
The last piece of the complex performance collection
   Complex performance is the ultimate manifestation of traditional watchmaking technology. For watch collectors, almost all complex performances have distinctive functions and design characteristics. As long as they have a little expertise, they can quickly grasp the essentials of appreciation. However, in addition to the slim body, the focus of design and function is almost entirely hidden in the case. There are no other obvious features. The ‘minimum complexity’ is used to describe the ultra-thin watch. Very relevant. Only a few elite collectors who have accumulated many years of watch appreciation qualifications have the extraordinary appreciation of finding extraordinary in simplicity and seeing the world from the micrometer. Therefore, ultra-thin watches are like a realm. The last piece of puzzle in the history of watch collection can only be discovered by reading the thousands of watches.

Altiplano 1200D, 18K white gold case, case movement set with diamonds, 40 mm diameter, hour and minute hands, 1200D self-winding movement, sapphire crystal glass and back case, waterproof 30 meters, alligator leather strap.

   Piaget Piaget, which has been launching ultra-thin movements since the 1950s, can be said to be one of the very few Swiss watch brands specializing in ultra-thin craftsmanship. Although including Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Bulgari, etc., more and more brands focusing on watch technology, more and more have begun to join the ranks of ultra-thin technology in recent years. However, when it comes to the concentration and mastery of ultra-thin technology, few brands can keep up with Piaget. In order to show the brand’s advantages and enthusiasm in the field of ultra-thin technology, Piaget has launched various ultra-thin watches that combine decorative technology or complex performance in recent years, and interpret the beauty of slim technology with a more diverse interpretation. .
Starting from ultra-thin craftsmanship, the infinite possibilities of combining creativity and technical power. Slim can also play like this.
   Pursuing the slim limit is the basis of ultra-thin technology. The real strength is to create more possibilities on this basis. The Altiplano series of Piaget ultra-thin technology shows what the brand has done in ultra-thin technology. Interpretation. Whether it is a complex watch with basic or additional features on a hand or automatic winding, Piaget’s superb skills can reveal the brand’s ultra-thin craftsmanship and design aesthetics.

Altiplano 1200D, 18K white gold case, case movement set with diamonds, 40 mm diameter, hour and minute hands, 1200D self-winding movement, sapphire crystal glass and back case, waterproof 30 meters, alligator leather strap.

Ultra-thin × Hollow: Altiplano 1200S & 1200D
   The combination of the movement and the decoration process must strike a balance between aesthetics and functional stability. Both technology and aesthetics must have a higher degree of mastery, especially in the display of ultra-thin movements. The 1200S and 1200D, two movements combining ultra-thin craftsmanship and hollowed-out art, launched in 2012 and 2013 respectively, further hollowed out the delicate movement parts, retaining only the skeleton of the supporting structure, while taking into account the structural beauty and functional stability. It can be said that the ultra-thin process is the ultimate display. The 1200D is further combined with jewellery inlays, and diamonds are set on the fine movement skeleton to show the ultimate luxury feeling.

Altiplano 1200S, 18K rose or white gold composite platinum case, 38 mm diameter, hour and minute indication, 1200S self-winding movement, sapphire crystal glass and back case, waterproof 30 meters, crocodile leather strap.

Altiplano Chronograph, 18K rose gold case, 41 mm diameter, hours, minutes, small seconds, flyback chronograph, dual time, 883P hand-wound movement, 50 hours power storage, sapphire crystal and back case, Brown alligator strap.

Ultra-thin × complex performance: Altiplano Chronograph
   The Altiplano Chronograph is the first member of the series to have the most sophisticated performance, and it is also the record of the thinnest bracelet chronograph movement and case. Equipped with 883P bracelet flyback chronograph movement with flyback timing and dual time performance, the part of the timing performance component located on the upper layer of the movement uses the column wheel starter and vertical clutch mechanism that require more vertical space. Combination to ensure the smooth feel of the chronograph performance operation and avoid the chattering problem of the chronograph second hand at startup. This movement is designed in the order of functional stability over ultra-thin.

Altiplano Chronograph, 18K white gold case, bezel set with diamonds, 41 mm diameter, hours, minutes, small seconds, flyback chronograph, dual time, 883P hand-wound movement, power reserve 50 hours, sapphire crystal and Back sole, black alligator strap.

Altiplano 900P, 18K white gold case, 38 mm diameter, eccentric hour and minute hands, 900P hand-wound movement, 48-hour power reserve, sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 20 meters, alligator leather strap.

Ultra-thin × extreme design: Altiplano Chronograph
   In order to pursue the ultimate slimness and integrated design of the case and the movement, the Altiplano 900P uses the back sole as the movement’s plate, and puts the bridge plate on the side of the face plate, completely overturning the traditional movement’s design logic. The design of the eccentric gear train, hands and suspension barrel not only greatly reduces the thickness of the movement, but also perfectly matches the classic design elements of the Altiplano series. It completely escapes the frame of traditional clock design logic, and shrinks the overall thickness of the watch to an amazing thickness of 3.65mm.

Altiplano 900P High Jewellery Watch, 18K Rose Gold Case Set with 78 Diamonds, 38mm Diameter, Eccentric and Minute Hands, 900P Bracelet Movement, Power Reserve 48 Hours, Sapphire Crystal Mirror, Waterproof 20 Meters, Alligator Leather Strap.