Monday, February 4, 2013
The Incredibly Thin Piaget Emperador Coussin Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater
At this year's SIHH, Piaget unveiled a minute repeater encased in an ultra-thin 48mm diameter case crafted in Piaget's location at Plan-Les-Ouates specifically working a mere 9.4mm thick case of which the movement is just 4.8 mm thick. The open-worked dial exposes all elements of the in-house Caliber 1290P.
The slimness of the watch is no measure to the amount of components, of which the 1290P has a astounding 407. Some of the pieces ,like certain wheels are a mere .12mm thick, and some components are even 0.07 mm thick. The precision required in crafting such diminutive pieces requires high level of expertise and competence. Once crafted, every piece must be placed with perfection for a precision movement. An error in reckoning of a single piece no matter how small can confound the timekeeping to no end. Thus an optimal skill required in compiling the movement is imperative.
Piaget is at the horological pinnacle of watchmaking world especially in record setting ultra-thin watchmaking. The Piaget Emperador Coussin Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater is Piaget's 4th ultra-thin high end complication and its 11th complication. To date Piaget has manufactured no less than 35 completely in-house movements.
Only ten pieces will be available in rose gold raising its worth and appeal.