Piaget is proud to announce that the Altiplano Ultimate Concept Watch has won the prestigious “Aiguille d’Or” at the 20th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). This prize rewards the best overall watch among all categories (Best in Show).
The Altiplano Ultimate Concept – the thinnest mechanical watch on the market – was developed entirely in-house by Piaget’s dedicated Research and Innovation division. The teams worked on this project for six years during which many of the established codes of watchmaking were re-invented.
This exceptional watch measures a mere 2mm including case and sapphire crystal. “The initial concept to create this watch came from a crazy and wonderful idea that we had when we were celebrating the 60 years anniversary of the 9P caliber which was only 2mm thin” said Chabi Nouri, CEO of Piaget. The Altiplano Ultimate Concept served as a stage for numerous innovations, including the case being part of the movement, an integrated winding crown, an ultra-thin crystal and more importantly new constructions for the barrel and the energy regulation.
With the Altiplano Ultimate Concept, the idea was to create a watch not formed by multiple layers, but from a previously untried fusion of re-scaled components, combining the case and the movement as a whole. In order to do this, Piaget embarked on a journey of miniaturisation that resulted in the filing of no fewer than five patents and that led to this 2mm-thin hand-wound watch, with wheels as thin as 0.12mm and the sapphire crystal down to a mere 0.2mm.
The Altiplano Ultimate Concept therefore continues the Maison’s great tradition in the art of ultra-thin watchmaking. During the GPHG ceremony, Chabi Nouri thanked the watchmakers, engineers and craftsmen who brought this watch to life. She added “Nothing is ever impossible at Piaget thanks to our amazing Piaget family who live by the moto “Always do better than necessary”.
Receiving this watch prize is such an honour for Piaget. It is a celebration of the Maison’s savoir-faire
and expertise. These rare and exceptional skills have been preserved and perpetuated since 1874
thanks to the Maison’s craftsmen and women.
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Piaget epitomizes daring creativity – a quality that has continued to permeate through the Maison since its beginnings in 1874. From his first workshop in La Côte-aux-Fées, Georges-Edouard Piaget devoted himself to crafting high-precision movements in a feat that formed the very foundations of our pioneering name. In the late 1950s, Piaget unveiled the ultra-thin movements that would later become the Maison’s trademark and the cornerstone of the Altiplano collection. As a true innovator of the watch and jewellery world, Piaget strongly believed in creativity and artistic values.
It is within the walls of our “Ateliers de l’Extraordinaire” where master artisans continue to harness rare skills that have been preserved and perfected from generation to generation, transforming gold, stones and precious gems into dazzling works of art. Through its pursuit of masterful craftsmanship, the Maison has created emblems of daring excellence channelled into its collections including Piaget Altiplano, Piaget.