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Altiplano Ultimate Automatic

Rewriting the laws of what is possible, Piaget has once more provided proof of its absolute mastery of ultra-thin watchmaking. At only 4.30 mm thick, the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic is one of the thinnest luxury watches in the world, and a new measure of absolute elegance.

The history of Piaget’s dedication to ultra-thin watchmaking began with the founding of the Maison in 1874 in La Côte-aux-Fées. In 1957, Piaget presented the world with the ground-breaking manual-winding 9P caliber, measuring just 2 mm thick. Thanks to this and an ultra-thin automatic movement launched just three years later, Piaget would usher in a new era of ultra-thin timepieces. The most elegant men and women of their day, in the fields of art, cinema and music, immediately took note. They would be the first to adopt the watches that only Piaget knew how to create.

More than six decades later, Piaget’s taste for challenges and constant pursuit of excellence remain undiminished. How could it be otherwise when a new generation of men and women demand equally great aesthetic pleasure? One name, Altiplano, expresses Piaget’s continued commitment to remaining at the forefront of ultra-thin watchmaking. The extreme slenderness of its historical movements has been one of its greatest motivators to do even better today.

Altiplano Ultimate Automatic rose gold
Piaget ultra-thin watch G0A43120
Piaget ultra-thin watch G0A43121
Altiplano Ultimate Automatic white gold

The Altiplano Ultimate Automatic has proven this commitment. Presented for the first time at SIHH 2018, the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic is a milestone in extreme thinness. Breaking free from the distinction between movement and case, the Altiplano is designed as an inseparable whole. The case back also serves as the mainplate, resulting in a reversed movement construction, and an inimitable aesthetic in which the entire ultra-precise movement is magnificently displayed through the face of this mechanical masterpiece.

To save precious tenths of a millimeter, the entire mechanism and hand-fitting is contained within the thickness of the balance wheel. Working within these extremely small confines, Piaget has opted for a suspended barrel held by a single bridge on the dial side. Driven by the same concern for optimizing use of the available space, the oscillating weight in gold with black PVD coating is positioned on the movement periphery, so as to be incorporated into its thickness. Moreover, the hours and minutes are integrated within the thickness of the caliber, rather than placed on top.

At once exceptional and a crowning achievement of more than 60 years of ultra-thin watchmaking, the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic is destined to become an icon of superlative refinement. For a select few men and women who search for purity of form and the ultimate in elegance, there is no other watch like it. No other watch compares.

Altiplano Ultimate Automatic
41 mm, 18K rose gold watch
Self-winding Caliber 910P with black PVD-coated 22K gold peripheral oscillating weight, power reserve of approx. 50 hours, 21’600 vph (3 Hz), 30 jewels, 238 components
Black alligator leather strap with 18K rose gold pin buckle
4.30 mm thick (case + movement)
Hours and minutes at 10 o’clock
Available in rose gold (G0A43120) and white gold (G0A43121)