When the Piaget Polo S Chronograph (and time-and-date as well) was uncovered last year in New York , the response was divisive to say the least. Many idea it paid excessively close a praise to certain other famous steel sports watches, whilst others welcomed this intense move by Piaget to offer some more accessible models. Presently, over a year on, the dust has settled a piece and (presumably) emotions aren’t running so high, which makes it the ideal time for a hands-on review of the Piaget Polo S Chronograph in steel.
I must concede, when I first saw the press photos of the Polo S and the Polo S Chronograph last y ear , I was not especially impressed. Whilst positively a major step for Piaget design wise, the watches seemed to miss the mark regarding the imprint, especially given that the accompanying promoting publicity was tied in with driving as opposed to following. All things considered, I do feel that at the time it was hard to shape a fair assessment, especially given the endless stream of basic criticism on social media channels and watch forums, with phrases like ‘copycat’ and ‘apathetic design’ being tossed around (and we must concede that we also played that game…)
So, whenever the chance presented itself to get hands-on with the Polo S chronograph, I attempted to do as such with a receptive outlook and to be honest, I was surprised at what I discovered. Perhaps not unexplainable adoration, yet pleasant feelings started to arise after some (wrist) time.
The first thing to note about the Polo S Chronograph is that – for me, at least – it is entirely comfortable on the wrist, and seems to wear somewhat smaller than its 42mm case size would suggest. Its advertised as an extravagance sports watch, along these lines of some of the competitor models it’s been compared to, and to some extent I think Piaget have succeeded. The case feels very much made and robust, blending a round bezel in with a cushion-shaped dial, and has the compulsory separating surfaces that are unmistakably important for the “sports-extravagance watch” concept.
For me, the design is more reminiscent of the watches from the Emperador assortment as opposed to the more established Piaget Polo that the model is supposedly based on, however that is not necessarily something awful. In any event, there’s a reasonable heredity with some of Piaget’s previous creations. The finishing alternates between a brushed bezel and polished surfaces, which is actually what you would anticipate from an extravagance sports watch in steel.
Where things truly get interesting for me is the dial. The blue is absolutely stunning and when it catches the light you can’t resist the urge to stare. It’s also likely the most contentious design component on the watch as it does absolutely resemble the Patek Philippe Nautilus (especially the 40th anniversary versions) , and not in a subtle route by any means. If that bothers you is a matter of personal assessment. What I can say is that the dial spread out is perfect and easy to peruse, with a lot of contrast. Plus, it gives the watch a strong presence on the wrist. Truly, a blue dial is always going to pull in more consideration yet I envision the silver dial would also look great on the wrist.
The time is demonstrated midway, whilst the date is shown through a date window at 6 o’clock on a contrasting white disk (which I really like in this instance.) There are two sub-dials at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, housing the 12-hour counter and 30-minute counter respectively, whilst chronograph seconds are demonstrated halfway. There is no small-seconds sign, which I thought would trouble me more than it really did. In all actuality, after the first couple of times looking at the dial, I didn’t see its absence. Once more, however, this is a matter of personal preference.
Inside the Piaget Polo S chronograph is the in-house type 1160P, which is visible through the sapphire caseback. Gotten from the Piaget 880P development, this programmed bi-compax chronograph is impelled by a section haggle vertical grasp (the best-around combo), and comes complete with twofold barrel for a 50-hour power reserve. Practically it feels great, with the chronograph pushers working smoothly. Finishing includes round Geneva Stripes, blued screws, polished bevels and a darkened rotor with the Piaget token engraved. As you can see from the photos it is anything but an exceptionally finished development yet this is in-accordance with Piaget’s strategy of offering a more passage level model. In general, be that as it may, it is a decent looking, in-house development from an eminent Manufacture, so no genuine complaints there.
Where I felt somewhat disappointed in any case, was with the wristband. This seems to be common issue that I’ve found out about elsewhere and I must say I agree. It isn’t so much that there’s anything specifically amiss with it as such, it just feels like the quality is not the same as the case and it also feels somewhat limited for the case size – and those pins to adjust the length of the arm band are not comparable to the required price. From one viewpoint, I think a decent arm band is basic for a steel extravagance sports observe however then again, if Piaget chooses to offer it on an elastic strap or a calfskin strap ( like the later Piaget Polo S Black ADLC/Rubber ), at that point ostensibly this becomes less of an issue. Still, I might want to see an improved wristband from Piaget in case I’m being honest.
Overall, I must concede that I enjoyed the Polo S Chronograph more than I suspected I would. On the wrist, the resemblance with the PP Nautilus and Aquanaut rapidly disappears, and truth be told it looks significantly more like an Emperador. I believe it’s also essential to recollect where this model fits into Piaget’s own collections first, prior to considering it against the more extensive offerings of competitors. At 14,700 Euro, it is an all around estimated extravagance sports chronograph and positively caters more to those who are aspiring to a PP or an AP style sports observe yet perhaps don’t have the spending plan, whilst still contribution excellent incentive for the cash. More details on www.piaget.com .
Technical Specifications of the Piaget Polo S Chronograph
- Case: 42mm measurement x 11.2mm stature – steel case – sapphire crystal on both faces –100m water resistant
- Movement: Caliber 1160P, in-house – programmed incorporated chronograph with segment wheel – 4Hz – 50h force reserve – hours, minutes, date, chronograph with 30-moment and 12-hour counter
- Strap: steel arm band with h-shaped polished links
- Price: 14,700 Euro