This Piaget Altiplano Chronograph is the Elegant Watch You Need!
For $29k you can own this old-school chronograph watch that is both simple and elegant!
Not many people appreciate a good old watch when they see it. Today, in an era of bulk and ostentation, the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph is the piece that stands out from the crowd.
Its old-school values make this watch stand out from any others.
The thinnest fly-back chronograph in the world, the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph builds on the legacy that began with the release of the thinnest hand-wound and automatic watches in the world, back in 1957 and 1960, respectively.
While other watch brands are concerned with space-consuming complications or eye-catching shock value, but the Altiplano harks back to a simpler era, when luxury items were more restrained.
For the guys from Piaget, less is certainly more as the aesthetic is clean and direct. Single black lines are there to mark the hours and minutes, while parallel lines mark the even hours.
The three sub-dials are decorated with tall, slim Arabic numerals and are located towards the center of the dial at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock.
What is more amazing is the 9 o’clock sub-dial that is actually a GMT dial, not an hour counter as one might expect.
Given the watch’s main complication, it may annoy some, but because is a fly-back chronograph, it seems justifiable.
For those who don’t know, the fly-backs are more often used to time shorter periods. This watch’s fly-back function simply means that the chronograph hands can be reset to zero and restarted with a single push of a button.
A very important feature which can come in handy if you are trying to time something with precision and accidentally false start, or if you are timing a sequence of events with little or no pause between the end of one and the beginning of another.
Whatever use you find for it, its most prolific might be as a conversation starter.
This is a custom, specific, proprietary movement developed to break records which it is, in this sense, a work of art and engineering in harmony.
You could find plenty of examples of major brands that charge just as much for a bog-standard ETA, cleverly hidden in or disguised by a glitzy case. The Piaget Altiplano Chronograph is no pretender; it is classy to its core.
The eagle-eyed might notice that the case is actually larger than it needs to be. The Calibre 883P could easily fit in a case under 40mm diameter, but the manufacturers gave the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph a bit more width to satisfy modern tastes.
It’s plain, straight sides, and angular bezel give the whole watch the appearance of size, despite remaining comfortable to wear.
The price of the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph is $29,000 and it will be released in September 2015.
For those who don’t think a rose gold chronograph is fancy enough already, there will also be a white gold, diamond bezel version.
Would you like to have this watch in your collection?