Today here is a arms race we could get behind. Fresh off the heels of reclaiming the throne as producer of the planet’s thinnest automatic watch only a few short weeks ago, Piaget altiplano ultimate concept precio replica is stamping its authority on all things ultra and thin, with the debut of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept, that steps a gobsmacking two millimeters thick. And just so we’re clear, that’s not the movement we are talking about — that’s an entire mechanical watch no thicker than a nickel (well technically, it is hardly an iota thicker — 50 microns, or about 0.05mm, to be accurate ).
In this particularly competitive corner of haute horology where documents are claimed in tenths of a millimeter and tolerances are measured in hundredths of a millimeter, each time a fresh ultra-thin document drops, it’s normally a pretty big deal, despite there actually being just a few key watchmakers at this particular table. One of those naturally, is Piaget, that has largely spent the last 60 years pushing the bounds of the ultra-thin leaderboard itself. And after four years, five patents, and likely over a few grey hairs, the Piaget altiplano ultimate 910p replica watches engineering team has broken its own record, shaving off a Whole 1.65mm off the Ultimate Concept’s hand-wound predecessor, 2014’s record-setting Altiplano 900P
Of course, the 900P motion proved to be a huge deal when it was introduced four years ago, as was the more recent 910P whose 4.3mm profile dethroned Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo Ultra-Thin Automatique as the planet’s weakest automatic watch. However, two millimeters? This is the type of wizardry that further insulates Piaget altiplano ultimate concept prix replica watches from contest, cementing the maison as king of the weirdly awesome castle. It’s also a sly nod to Piaget’s groundbreaking ultra-thin 9P hand-wound movement from 1957, which was likewise a record-setting 2 millimeters thick. But that was only for the movement, along with the dimensions we are talking about for the Ultimate Concept are to get the watch depth in its entirety — crystal and case.
To get there, the Piaget altiplano ultimate concept preis imitation watches engineer used a string of unconventional layout options, beginning with the supreme Concept’s 41mm case, which also serves as the foundation for the movement itself. This usually means the caseback of this watch is in actuality, the movement’s personal baseplate — PVD-coated to optimize contrast at a visually pleasing sort of way. By doing this, the entire gear train may lay on the same razor-thin airplane, to further conserve height.
One of the risks of ultra-thin watchmaking, is that the instances themselves really run the risk of buckling if exposed to minute stress or affect — thus severely damaging the motion. To mitigate this risk and to further shave tenths of a millimeter by the last thickness, the supreme Concept skips the traditional precious metals utilized by its predecessors and is instead built with a fresh new cobalt-based alloy, especially developed for its intense rigidity. And since any damage to the motion would irreparably harm the case (and vice versa, since they are essentially one and the same), Piaget altiplano ultimate concept 2mm clone watch engineers took further steps to also shield the winding mechanism, by designing a new type of rectangular telescoping crown that sits fully flush into the caseband, where it’s secured to the twisting stem via a special spring-loaded clip.
And befitting of this planet’s thinnest mechanical watch, the supreme Concept is fitted with a special 1.1mm thick alligator leather strap, reinforced using a Kevlar core and finished with a comparably svelte pin buckle. Now as a concept view, it’s not available for sale. We’ll make certain to update you with live photos and wrist impressions out of SIHH, so make sure you remain tuned. Your move, Bulgari.