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Watch of the Week: Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P

When Bulgari stole the crown for the world’s thinnest automatic watch at Basel near the beginning of the year, Piaget can’t have been happy. Ultra-thin has always been their thing and they’ve historically been pretty damn good at it. It’s not much of a surprise then that their first release ahead of SIHH is one that puts the Octo Finissimo Ultra-Thin Automatique firmly in its place.

The Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P is a miniscule 4.30mm, nearly a full millimetre thinner than its rival. If that sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is. Most movements alone are bigger than that, let alone with the case on top – which leads directly to how Piaget managed it: the case is part of the movement.

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P

As with its hand-wound equivalent, the 910P calibre is integrated into watch, using the case as the baseplate holding the various components together. God knows what that means for servicing, but there you go. Everything else is engineered on the same plane, meaning that the movement is not much bigger than the thickest single component.

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P

It’s something you can see quite clearly given that the off-centre dial shows off quite a bit of the movement from the front. It’s a nicer look than the fully skeletonised versions of the Altiplano – who wants to see their own wrist anyway? – and shows just what Piaget can do in their own dominion.

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P

That said, what’s next? The only way you could get much thinner is by drawing a watch onto a piece of paper… which for some reason doesn’t seem all that far-fetched.

Price (before taxes): CHF 26,000 (pink gold) or CHF 27,000 (white gold), 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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