Launched with incredible pomp in last year – see our presenting article – the Piaget Polo S was both a much needed refresher for Piaget and, at the same time (and shockingly) the most controversial watch of the year 2016. This is the sad piece of the story. This watch is great… alone. In any case, it lives in a market loaded with competitors. It seems that Piaget heard the complaints and for the SIHH 2017, some new limited editions have been showed, the Piaget Polo S Black ADLC/Rubber 3-hand and chronograph – a universe of difference… And that’s were the arrangement becomes pretty interesting.
When dispatched in July 2016, the Piaget Polo S has gotten a tremendous inclusion from the devoted press, including us here, at Monochrome-Watches . Still, it has been a riffle of complaints and critics for a watch that has, all things considered, very some arguments. Most of the journalists were bringing up a resemblance with some other “luxury sports watches“, which represents precisely the classification where this Polo S sits. Alone, this Piaget is an extraordinary watch: a cool design, a subjective case, pleasant shading options for the dial, a decision between 3-hand and chronograph, pleasantly executed movements and a design that mixes modern touches and 1980s inspiration. On paper, the keys of success were there. Indeed, even the cost is fairly competitive (around 10,000 Euros for the 3-hand version).
Still, this watch is in good company and it lives in a market with competitors. When dispatching another watch, you simply deny the icons that are on the lookout for quite a long time. Or then again you make a totally new design or you set yourself up for critics. Furthermore, by and by, this doesn’t mean the Piaget Polo S is an awful offer. Uplifting news is that for the SIHH 2017, the assortment is developing, with the expansion of two limited edition watches. A touch of black ADLC covering for the bezel, another dial tone, an elastic strap instead of the metallic bracelet… and here you go, the watch that all criticized becomes much different… and much better.
The SIHH 2017 Piaget Polo S Black ADLC/Rubber Limited Editions
Sometimes, you don’t need to reproduce an entire design to make it unique. Slight touches to a great extent can be sufficient to drastically improve or separate. it is the case with the Piaget Polo S Black ADLC/Rubber Limited Editions. Above all, simple. The Piaget Polo S is a “sports extravagance watch” that has been made to draw in new clients to the company, more youthful and more dynamic collectors that could be slanted in bigger, less “black tie” inspired watches (understand here the Altiplano, which means Piaget’s signature style). The Piaget Polo S is steel, 42mm, combines round and cushion shapes and is sporty (yet not a genuine sports observe all things considered). its shape was obviously more inspired by the Emperador assortment and not actually by the 1980s Polo assortment (I won’t adjust my perspective on this… the combination of round bezel and cushion-shaped dial is the Emperador. See this watch for illustration ). Still, the Emperador is a signature design of the brand, and a decent one on top of that.
The case of the Piaget Polo S measures 42mm – for the 3-hand or the chronograph version – and has a polished finish, to the special case of the bezel that is on a level plane brushed. Cases are fairly slim (underneath 10mm for the 3-hand) and the general execution is precise and pleasant to the eye. As said, two options were accessible: a 3-hand and a chronograph. Both come with in-house movements with incredible family. The 3-hand Piaget Polo S features the type 1110P – 4Hz, programmed twisting with focal rotor, 50 hours of force reserve, HMS + date (based on the Piaget 800P Caliber). The improvement is pleasant (roundabout Geneva Stripes, blued screws, polished bevels, blackened rotor with Piaget blazon engraved). On its side, the chronograph version adopts the Caliber 1160P, a coordinated, in-house bi-compax chronograph development with date and impelled by segment haggle grasp (an advanced and dependable design, based on the 880P type). The enhancement is along these lines as the 3-hand version: more than satisfying. These two movements are back in the Piaget Polo S Black ADLC/Rubber Limited Editions.
Three dials were accessible on the 3-hand version (silver, dark and blue) and 2 for the chronograph (Silver and blue). Dial and hands were subjective – regardless of whether the Piaget logo on the stabilizer of the second hand is easily proven wrong. Pleasant even grooves on the dial, strong hands and luxurious applied markers… Overall, decent yet not exceptionally new (this is the place where this watch turned out to be excessively close from certain different timepieces). It was appended to a metallic arm band, shifting back and forth among polished and brushed surfaces (once more, not very new…). Be that as it may, his is going to change with the new Piaget Polo S Black ADLC/Rubber Limited Editions.
Basically, you take the same ingredients, add a couple of spices and pray fervently. However, you realize that some spices can change an entire formula. What’s more, here, with these limited editions, something pretty cool occurred. What changes? First, the round/cushion bezel is presently covered with black ADLC (Richemont Group’s version of the Diamond Like Coating). At that point, the dials are made with that same black tone. At long last, au revoir to the metallic wristband, which has been changed for a pleasant elastic strap, with stitchings (once more, sporty yet not all that much). With this, the Piaget Poio S gains in personality and separate. Proportions and style are changed, regardless of whether the basics are still here. More contrast, less shine, a for all intents and purposes smaller case (regardless of whether still 42mm, the black bezel makes it visually smaller) and a bolder style that remains discreet and wearable in most conditions.
There’s nothing huge in these Piaget Polo S Black ADLC/Rubber Limited Editions. It is not the advancement of the century. It absolutely didn’t take the Piaget teams months of research and advancement to accomplish this. Be that as it may, another tone for the dial, a black covered bezel (and fortunately just the bezel, which is sufficient to make contrast) and an elastic strap and you have a significant improvement. This is the Piaget Polo S that we’d love to have seen at first. It looks more subtle, smaller, less shiny, somewhat more sporty and in general, I fell it as being more Piaget. I want to eliminate every one of my critics and say straightforwardly that I love this watch. Best part comes from the cost, slightly underneath the steel wristband versions – $8,900 for the 3-hand (versus $9,350) and $11,950 for the chronograph (versus $12,400). . Considering the general quality, the brand that is imprinted on the dial and the movements that power these watches, it is a significant competitive offer. www.piaget.com .
Specifications of the Piaget Polo S Black ADLC/Rubber 3-hand
- Case: 42mm measurement x 9.4mm stature – steel case with ADLC covered bezel – sapphire crystal on both faces – 100m water resistant
- Movement: Caliber 1110P, in-house – programmed – 4Hz – 50h force reserve – hours, minutes, seconds, date
- Strap: black stitched elastic with steel pin-buckle
- Limited to 888 pieces
Specifications of the Piaget Polo S Black ADLC/Rubber Chronograph
- Case: 42mm measurement x 11.2mm stature – steel case with ADLC covered bezel – sapphire crystal on both faces – 100m water resistant
- Movement: Caliber 1160P, in-house – programmed coordinated chronograph with section wheel – 4Hz – 50h force reserve – hours, minutes, date, chronograph with 30-moment and 12-hour counter
- Strap: black stitched elastic with steel pin-buckle
- Limited to 888 pieces