Piaget's Latest Watch Is a Big, Small, Thin Deal

Murray Clark
·2-min read
Photo credit: Piaget
Photo credit: Piaget

From Esquire

The Culture is hung up on size. A surplus of it, in fact. Clothes are boxier and more billowy than ever. Reality TV stars are enormous. Big tech is enormous. And yes, even watches are enormous as bejewelled arm cannons continue to dazzle on Instagram feeds with big followings and even bigger #spon takings. Piaget however, has continued to keep things slim.

The storied Swiss marque has never gone big – not in the physical meaning of the word. Ever since 1957, when the founder's grandson released a painstakingly fine timepiece that clocked in at a 2mm thickness, Piaget has endeavoured to go smaller and slimmer and even finer, fleshing out a barely-there movement with big technological innovations in huge horlogerie.

In the subsequent 64 years, Piaget went slighter still and released the world's thinnest watch: the Altiplano Ultimate Concept, which boasts about the same depth as a 50p piece. That is tiny, especially when an in-house automatic movement is factored in. These complex machines require a lot of components. Just getting them to work properly is a challenge in itself, let alone pulling it off when said components are Borrower size.

Piaget's latest, the Polo Skeleton, isn't quite as tiny, but it's by no means big. And in comparison to other watches in the same family (which was first brought to market in 1979), the watch is estimated to be 30 per cent slimmer at a minute 6.5mm thickness.

There's a lot of transparency here, too. As the name suggests, the Piaget Polo Skeleton's bones are on full display with an X-rayed dial and caseback allowing the wearer to really get a full view of the watch's inner workings. Which, in this instance, is a respectable manufacture 1200S1 Skeleton Automatic: an engine made in-house by Piaget (always a good sign given the fact they take so long, and cost so much, to develop), and made to a mighty fine 2.4mm diameter.

And it looks good! While paper-thin watches sound all sorts of unassuming, the new Polo Skeleton uses slates and greys of an exposed dial to pack a punch. An alternative does the same with classic navy touches. It's not boring, but it's not all that bolshy either. This is the sort of watch that's made forever – helpful, given the fact it sits at the high end of the price bracket –and despite its build, the Piaget Polo Skeleton will continue to outsize its brawny competition.

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