Piaget love to make their Altiplano collection supermodel thin. Watchmaker already hold the record for world’s thinnest mechanical watch, they now claim the record for the thinnest flyback chronograph movement as well. With the release of Piaget Altiplano Chronograph, the Swiss watchmaker also set a second record – world’s thinnest chronograph timepiece with its 8.24 mm case. It took Piaget two years to develop the movement.
This exceptionally thin movement, Piaget 883P caliber measures just 4.65 mm. Packed inside its thin case are extremely thin parts that includes the cannon-pinion (0.12 mm), the barrel staff (0.115 mm) and the chronograph gear finger (0.06mm). For Piaget thin doesn’t mean reduced functions. In addition to flyback, movement offers a power reserve of 50 hours and beats at 21,600 vph. Other tasks includes hour, minute and small seconds at 6 o’clock. Sub-dial located 3 o’clock serves as the 30-minute counter while the 24-hour dual time sub-dial is at 9 o’clock.
Flyback push buttons on either side of the crown functions to reset chronograph hands to zero. Chronographs are also controlled by a vertical clutch that ensure precision and a column-wheel that controls phase coordination. The movement with impressive decorations such as circular Côtes de Genève, mainplate with circular grain and the Piaget coats of arm, beveled bridges, sunburst wheels and blue screws is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback.
The sunburst satin-brushed finish white dial feature thin black baton-type hour, minute and seconds hands and, alternating single and double stick hour markers also in black. Railway track minute markers are also in black. The Piaget Altiplano Chronograph is available in rose gold and a version in white gold with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds around the bezel. The timepiece is completed by its alligator leather strap fitted with a pin buckle.
The Piaget Altiplano Chronograph will not be available until next fall and expected to come with a $29,000 price tag.