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Piaget Altiplano Flyback Chronograph Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

December 4, 2014

Ahead of its official debut at SIHH 2015 next month, La Côte-aux-Fées based manufacture Piaget gave us a hands-on preview of their new record breaking ultra-thin chronograph. Like the 900P that was introduced last year at SIHH, this watch is unprecedented in terms of thinness.

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With a case that is just 8.24 mm thick, and a movement that is a mere 4.65 mm, the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph is the thinnest hand-wound flyback chronograph in the world in terms of the ultra-thin caliber and the case.

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But just because it is thin, don’t think that it sacrifices the premium features high-end chronograph buyers expect. The in-house caliber 883P (based on the 880P automatic) features a column-wheel with vertical clutch, a flyback, and exquisite finishing that includes: circular Côtes de Genève, a circular-grained mainplate, bevelled bridges, sunburst wheels and blued screws. In addition to the chronograph with flyback, which consists of a central second counter and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, there is also a 24-hour dual-time indication at 9 o’clock that is controlled by a recessed pusher on the side of the case at 10 o’clock.

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To achieve the record breaking thinness, the watchmakers at Piaget used parts so small it is hard to even fathom, from the cannon-pinion (at 0.12 mm) to the barrel staff (at 0.115 mm) to the chronograph gear finger (0.06 mm). With 25 ultra-thin movements holding 14 world records for their thinness, Piaget is unquestionably the master of thin watchmaking.

With a flyback chronograph and pushers that actuate as smoothly and precisely as some of the best chronographs we have tested, the Altiplano Chronograph is a technical marvel. But this is a Piaget, so it has to, of course, look as good as it functions.

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At launch the Altiplano Chronograph will be available it will be available in two versions: pink gold or white gold with set with 56-diamonds. Each is presented in a case measuring 41 mm in diameter, with a beautiful sunburst satin-brushed finish dial accented by slender baton-type hands and alternating single and double hour-markers. Keeping to Piaget’s classic style, the chronograph pushers are elongated and blended seamlessly into the case.

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On the wrist, the Altiplano Chronograph is comfortable and looks about perfect for a dress watch. It has a 50-hour power reserve and is paired with an alligator leather strap fitted with a pin buckle.

For more, visit Piaget.

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