Piaget have introduced a tourbillon in its Altiplano collection for the first time. The Altiplano Tourbillon High Jewellery G0A42204 is part of the 60th anniversary celebrations for Altiplano, launched in 1957. Altiplano’s ultra-thin case and minimalist dial brought it immediate success and determined its staying-power in the world of watches.
Case and dial
The watch is 41 mm in diameter, in white gold, and its case is set with diamonds: 48 baguette-cut diamonds around the bezel (about 2.51 carats); 265 brilliant-cut diamonds (about 2.42 carats). The crown is set with a brilliant-cut diamond (about 0.09 carats). The dial is in flinqué enamel, in a radiating pattern made by hand-engraving a guilloché pattern on the gold, and then firing on layers of transparent blue-grey enamel with three phases of firing. The dial for the time indications suggests a figure of eight with the tourbillon, always a popular motif due to its popularity with Chinese customers. At the centre of the time indications is a historic version of the Piaget logo. The Altiplano Tourbillon has a black alligator leather strap with a white gold folding clasp set with 24 brilliant-cut diamonds (about 0.05 carats).
Hand-wound tourbillon movement
The watch is powered by the 670P ultra-thin hand-wound tourbillon movement, 4.6 mm thick. It has a new barrel that provides a power reserve of 48 hours. The flying tourbillon incorporates the Piaget P, and the three-bridge titanium carriage has a pointer indicating the seconds. The movement has 23 jewels, and the balance runs at 21,600 vibrations per hour, 3 Hertz.
The Altiplano Tourbillon is gem-set on the caseback as well, and the sapphire crystal window reveals the bridges with circular Cotes de Genève, some movement wheels and the tourbillon. The watch is numbered and engraved with the anniversary collection inscription.
Price and reference
The Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon High Jewellery, reference G0A42204, is a 38-piece limited edition, sold exclusively in boutiques. It will be available from September 2017. Price €213,000. Further information from the Piaget website.