Today we’re going to audit a watch that very typifies a “dress watch”. Truth be told, I would call this the ideal dress watch. Regarding size, plan, specialized accomplishments, everything, this watch IS a dress watch as dress watches are portrayed. It’s not very enormous, it’s too slender, it’s exquisite, it reads a clock by methods for an hour and moment hand (not so much as a second hand) and it’s downplayed. We’re taking a gander at a watch that is known for its super thin profile, and today there are hand-wound renditions, programmed adaptations, with or without date, with or without little seconds. Also, we’re taking a gander at the most downplayed of all, in white gold, 38mm in width, hand-wound, and no second hand… here’s the Piaget Altiplano.
Before beginning this audit, I had an inclination that I may discover the Piaget Altiplano, at any rate in the assessed execution, could be marginally exhausting. Following half a month on the wrist nonetheless, I can disclose to you it was actually the inverse. From the outset, you probably won’t see all the flawless subtleties that you become enamored with after some time, and the Altiplano has many of such dazzling details.
What I likewise didn’t expect, is that this fairly plain Altiplano would be not difficult to coordinate with various styles. Tuxedo? Indeed, totally. Formal attire? Decent match! Pants and shirt, or even a pleasant sweater? That’s right, even that turns out great. I was astounded how well it looked with pants and a pleasant sweater, or shirt, and didn’t watch strange, or unfashionable, combined with such easygoing outfit.
Case and strap
Ultra-flimsy, precisely what one would anticipate from a Piaget Altiplano, and for this situation, it’s perhaps the most slender watch available today. The actual watch estimates 6mm thick, 38mm in width and has a shut case-back. The case is executed in 18K white gold and comes on a dark crocodile calfskin lash with 18K white gold ardillon buckle (that’s a tang lock in English.)
Those are the basic realities. Things that will possibly stand apart when wearing this stunning watch are the little however flawless subtleties. The case development for example. From the side – and when wearing the watch you will see its side – it would seem that two parts, with a similar thickness, sandwiched together. However the two exceptionally slender layers of white gold – both appear to have precisely the same thickness – look so adjusted. The drags may appear to be absolutely exhausting from the front, anyway when you get a brief look at ’em from the side, you’ll see extremely decent molded lugs.
The case back (a screwed case-back) is engraved with the brand’s logo and under it peruses “Piaget – Mécanique – Swiss made” and a few reference numbers (counting “Au750” which demonstrates that it’s 18K gold.)
The 38mm measurement is simply wonderful on my wrist. Indeed, for most watches other than sports watches, I discover sizes beneath 40mm the best. The beneficial thing about <40mm is that you will see some lash also, and your wrist won’t be covered altogether by the watch’ case/face.
Dial and hands
The face, or better call it dial, is white and highlights thin and long hour markers. These are purported twirly doo hour markers, or stick markers in English, and the Altiplano includes twofold stick markers at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. This gives the dial a pleasant presence and balance, and with just the brand name imprinted on the dial (simply under the 12 o’clock marker) it stays very ‘clean’ and to the point. Straightforward or anything, precisely like essentially everything about this watch.
The hands are likewise called implement hands or stick delivers English. They are just about as dark as the hour markers and with the white dial as background, the Altiplano offers awesome clarity, in any event, when it’s getting dull (indeed, not when it’s appropriately dim.)
The development inside this flawless molded white gold case is Piaget’s own type 430P. Its precursor is the amazing type 9P, which has been the world’s most slender development for an extremely lengthy timespan. The new 430P is likewise very meager, and measures just 2.1mm in thickness. In all probability the cowhide tie on perhaps the most slender watch is thicker than this movement. Go figure!
The completing on type 430P is pleasant in any case, we can’t see it in light of the shut case-back. Piaget didn’t decide for a shut case-back in light of the fact that they had something to stow away, anyway a set-in sapphire sheet for the situation back adds a couple of millimeter to the general thickness, so the shut case-back is a basic need to accomplish the most slender conceivable case. Have confidence, the completing is exceptionally decent and includes every single exemplary enhancement, similar to roundabout graining on the principle plate, roundabout côte de Genève on the extensions and equilibrium cockerel, sloped edged on all scaffolds and warmth blued screws. Not much, yet decent completing done by hand.
Since we don’t have a photograph of the development, here’s a short video from Piaget about the type 430P.
The watch twists effectively, albeit the crown isn’t exceptionally large. During the survey, I never experienced any difficulty getting sufficient hold on the crown to wind it. With its 43 hours of independence, when completely twisted, this Altiplano should be twisted practically consistently. For precision’s purpose, it’s likewise great to wind a watch each day, in a perfect world simultaneously. It was not difficult to feel the opposition develop, so you felt when you’d completely twisted it.
When depicting the properties that make THE ideal dress watch, it would be valuable metal, more modest than 40mm in width, flimsy, clean dial, no extra capacities, just signs of hours and minutes. This Piaget Altiplano – mind you, there are a few varieties with programmed developments, skeletonized developments, a little second hand, and a date sign – gets as close as conceivable to being the ideal dress watch.
Yet consistently, when wearing it, it likewise looks extraordinary with significantly more easygoing outfits, so I was wearing it every day, in the workplace, and that implies with pants and shirt (on days when I didn’t have any gatherings.) Although I wear my own rose gold 36mm Lange 1815 with pants and shirt, it was still sort of an unexpected how well this Altiplano fitted to essentially any circumstance. Additionally it wears so comfortably!
I never missed a second hand, nor a date. It’s so intelligible, so spotless, and the plan is …perfect to such an extent that it’s amazing all things considered. I genuinely delighted in wearing the Altiplano 38mm hand-wound and when searching for an ideal exemplary dress watch I would absolutely recommend it.
More information at the Piaget site here .
Technical Specifications – Piaget Altiplano 38mm hand-wound
- Case: 38mm measurement and 6mm thick – 18k white gold – sapphire precious stone – 30m water resistant
- Movement: Caliber 430P in-house development – hand-wound – 43h force save – 18 gems – 21,600 vph – two focal hands for quite a long time – round Côte de Genève, roundabout graining, angled edges, heat blued screws
- Strap: dark gator cowhide lash with 18k white gold pin buckle
- Variations: 18k pink gold with silver dial, and two 60th commemoration varieties in 18K white gold with blue or pink dial
- Price: approx. € 16.000 EUR (counting VAT)
- Reference: G0A29112