Two years prior, for the SIHH 2017, Piaget disclosed a few new watches (just about an assortment) for its top of the line symbol of the super flimsy idea, the Altiplano 60th commemoration versions , just as a progression of bolder varieties with beautiful dials . In light of a similar idea of a super flimsy piece with incredible regard for the dial, Piaget presents, as a component of the pre-SIHH 2019 curiosities, another adaptation of the Altiplano Automatic 40mm, this time with a meteorite dial. What’s more, we got the opportunity to get our hands on it route before January.
In terms of fundamental particulars, this new form isn’t a genuine oddity. It depends on a similar base – case and development – as the beautiful 40mm Altiplano Automatic we evaluated here, on MONOCHROME , back in 2017. So no significant amazements on this front, albeit this hasn’t restricted Piaget’s innovative way to deal with the dial since we need to concede, this new meteorite release is pleasant.
The instance of the new Piaget Altiplano Automatic Meteorite is made of 18k pink gold – a shading that is known to be a decent match with anthracite dials. Following Piaget’s custom, the case is clearly slender and circumspect. The case is 40mm in width, totally cleaned for a proper look and measures just 6.5mm in stature. This probably won’t be the most slender Altiplano Automatic ever – this title goes to the Ultimate 910P and its 4.3mm profile, nonetheless, this watch is a genuine example of slimness and depends on a few complex specialized arrangements (caseback bending over as the mainplate and a fringe rotor).
The Piaget Altiplano Automatic 40mm Meteorite Dial is a slim watch that shows all the exemplary ascribes of the model: level cleaned bezel, flimsy straight drags, level casebands. Given that the development is programmed, the crown is likewise moderate. Complementing the dial is a dark crocodile cowhide lash with a 18K pink gold pin clasp. By and large, a rich, proportional dress watch.
The innovation of this new Piaget Altiplano Automatic 40mm lies in its dial, which for this situation is a dainty cut of meteorite. Showing a metallic dim tone, the dial is enhanced with pink gold applied files and hands. The example of the meteorite is the aftereffect of the crystallization of the stone, implying that no two watches will have a comparable dial. The example additionally gives an all the more enthusiastic look to the generally rather straightforward Altiplano. The combination of shading between the dial and the case is warm and elegant.
Powering the watch is the attempted and-tried calibre 1203P – a development that depends on the 1200P, or the dedicated beneficiary of the incredible programmed type 12P. This development is twisted by a miniature rotor and is slim, very thin… truth be told, it gauges only 3mm in tallness yet gives a comfortable 44h force hold. The development, which works at 3Hz, is enjoyably gotten done with a round grained plate, inclined extensions with roundabout côtes de Genève, sunburst-brushed haggles screws – and, obviously, it is noticeable through the sapphire caseback.
Overall, this new Piaget Altiplano Automatic 40mm Meteorite Dial is an extremely pleasant, rich and very unique watch. My solitary complaint would be about the date window at 3 o’clock, which gets a handle on a touch of spot. Some will like it, some won’t. This watch (ref. G0A44051) will be a restricted release of 300 pieces, valued at CHF 24,500 before charges. More subtleties at piaget.com .