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Introducing: Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Editions

Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue Collection

Back when Piaget released the Altiplano Flying Tourbillon back in 2017 it was to celebrate 60 years at the top of the ultra-thin game, something that, after fighting off Bulgari for the world’s thinnest automatic, they’re still very much the king of. Now that anniversary movement is back in three new limited editions – and it doesn’t look like Piaget is giving up their crown any time soon.

The Piaget Altiplano Infinite Blue comes in three not-so-different limited edition versions. All three of them have the sunburst pvd dial in a spectacular night sky blue. All three have the same 41mm white gold cases and at the heart of each is the same 670P flying tourbillon-equipped movement, the heart of which is open at 2 o’clock.

Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Edition 38

Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Edition 38

That movement is worth a paragraph to itself so I’m going to give it one. The tourbillon contains 157 different components, all ultra-thin, ultra-light and slotted into one another like floorplans drawn up by MC Escher. Some of those measure the thickness of a human hair, making the otherwise tiny 2.8mm carriage unwieldy in comparison. It’s a feat of horological wonderment that here has been given the high jewellery treatment it deserves.
There are diamonds aplenty across the three limited edition watches, but where they differ is just how many and what type, the least embellished of which is the 38-piece limited edition. Not only is the centre of the dial shining with a diamond-encrusted infinity sign curled around subdial and tourbillon cage, but the lugs, case, bezel and buckle are all pretty blinged-out too, totalling 135 stones and 2.29 carats.

Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Edition 18

Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Edition 18

The second, more rarefied limited piece is the 18-piece limited edition version  (Piaget loves the number 8), and extends that infinity symbol across the entire dial like ripples. Again, the rest of the watch is substantially shiny as well, totalling 276 diamonds and 3.41 carats.

Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Edition 8 - Baguette Diamonds

Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Edition 8 – Baguette Diamonds

Finally, we come to the piece that makes the other two seem common as much: the 8-piece limited edition. In case you hadn’t clocked onto the theme yet, this one has even more extraordinary stones. Not only does it total a downright silly 386 diamonds across dial, lugs, bezel, case and buckle – coming in at a heavyweight 6.05 carats – but a good number of those are baguette diamonds. That means solid lines of precious stones with nary a break for the settings.

Price & Specs: 

Brand: Piaget
Model: Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue
Case/Dial: 41mm diameter x 7.05mm thickness, 18k white gold
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Ultra-thin calibre 670P, in-house, automatic
Power Reserve: 48h
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Functions: Off-centered Hours And Minutes At 8 O’clock, Seconds indicated by the tourbillon carriage at 2 o’clock, flying tourbillon at 2 o’clock
Strap: Alligator leather with folding clasp
Price: Piaget Altiplano Flying Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Edition 38 – £127,000
Piaget Altiplano Flying Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Edition 18 – £153,000
Piaget Altiplano Flying Tourbillon Infinite Blue Limited Edition 8 – £205,000

More details at Piaget.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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