In the rarefied world of Haute Horlogerie, Piaget’s iconic movements sealed the destiny of the Manufacture forever: to reign in the realm of ultra-thin watches.
Ultra-thin – a complication in its own right
Piaget’s Haute Horlogerie Manufacture continues its constant quest for the ultimate in fineness, creating a succession of ultra-thin watches that have broken records for slimness – both of the movement, and of the watch itself. Despite this impressive body of work, Piaget does not allow itself to rest on its laurels. With each successive feat marking another milestone within the art of watchmaking, the Maison is spurred on to ever greater achievements.
Creating an ultra-thin watch is to accept a constant challenge. Right from the earliest sketches, constraints appear on all sides – the workings, the aesthetics and the strength of the watch will all call for components that have been pushed to the very limits of technical refinement. Some cogs are in fact no more than 0.12 mm wide – that is hardly a hair’s breadth. Over and above the complexity of working with such tiny components on movements that may be simple or complicated, hand or self-wound, skeleton or not, there is Piaget’s added imperative to devise mechanisms which seem to merge perfectly into their case. This is where the joint expertise of its two Manufactures comes into its own – one devises and constructs the movements, the other envelops them in cases to give birth to luxury watches.