Piaget Altiplano or blanc

Par Florian Matrion, le 6 septembre 2010
Altiplano or blanc
Altiplano or blanc
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The genuine extra-thin watches within the watch making landscape are rather rare. Review of this white gold Altiplano, Piaget's icon that hides a dash of expansiveness under a very classic appearance.
Exclusive! review of the Altiplano or blanc. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
75.5/100
Note des internautes
78/100

A brand to be (re) discover

The brand Piaget is more known for its jeweler's creations rather than for its watches.
Which is a shame for a manufacture that started in 1874 by producing watches movements.

Even if it is not well known by the general public, Piaget is not a “jeweler that draws watches” but is really one of the “most famous” Swiss manufactures.

Besides, the firm holds a real statecraft regarding the ultra-thin watches, with notably the world's thinness record gained in 1957 thanks to the 9P caliber (2mm thickness).

 

Piaget holds a real statecraft regarding the ultra-thin watches, with notably the world's thinness record gained in 1957 thanks to the 9P caliber (2mm thickness).

A classical yet not boring watch

The problem with smart watches, is that their sobriety makes them look similar to each other.
Hence a kind of “boredom” that can be felt with this kind of model.

This is not the case with the Altiplano which strong point is to succeed keeping a touch of originality while remaining conformed to the “codes” of the category.

As it is required for a “smart” watch, its 40 mm diameter is reasonable (considering what is done these days!).
But its large dial's openness allows it not to look too small and emphasizes its thinness.

With a 6,81 mm thickness on the center (and much lesser on the edges), the visual effects are striking!

Wearing this extra-thin Altiplano is by the way quite surprising: because of its thinness and its lightness, you don't feel the watch around your wrist!

This feeling may surprise some. But the comfort is unequalled!

 

 

The movement

The 838P caliber only measures 2,5 mm thick (to the contrary to 5 mm thickness for a standard manual movement)
Its finishing is nice with gorgeous flamed blued screws, rounded “Côtes de Genève” and a beautiful engraved logo.

The “industrial” side remains nevertheless a little bit present: in particular, the bevel could be a little improved.

 

The dial : the black rhodium hands and markers are uncluttered to the utmost.

The dial

The black rhodium hands and markers are uncluttered to the utmost.

But the little second, swerved at 11 o'clock (a position that is not really common for a little second), debauches a little the whole and avoids the overdose of classicism.

Another “eccentricity”, the logo, at 3 o'clock revitalizes the dial and allows showing the “signature” at the edge of the sleeve.

This originality gives a pleasant balance to the dial but can displease those who do not want to put forward the brands they wear.

 

Conclusion

This Piaget Altiplano is an endearing and very recommendable timepiece: classic without being too much conservative, it offers very high-level watch making performances while being sold at a “competitive” price (lower of several thousands Euros compared to the majority of its direct competitors).

 

The +:

  • excellent comfort
  • originality
  • manufacture's movement

 

The –:

  • waterproof only to water scalding
  • the Piaget's signature at 3 o'clock that some will find a little too obvious
  • the lack of bevel regarding the movement.

 

Further information:

  • journalist's wrist size = 17 cm
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L'avis de la rédaction 75.5/100

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Note des internautes 78/100

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