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Driving back the limits of the possible ever further, the Manufacture has produced its first self-winding ultra-thin, skeletonised, diamond-set tourbillon movement – a unique feat in the sector. Piaget even gem-set the two sides of the calibre 1270D, as well as the profiles of the bridges and certain screws, for a total of 56 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.9 ct). The setting of a single calibre takes 47 hours. 71 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 1.1 ct) form a glittering 8 around the rings on the fringe of the flying tourbillon cage and the platinum oscillating weight, whose surface is also entirely gem-set. Fashioned in 14K gold, the 1270D movement is a mere 5.71 mm high and boasts three different gem-setting techniques: channel setting, bead setting and advanced bead setting. True to its motto "Always do better than necessary", Piaget has enhanced this exclusive mechanism with the ultimate "image" level of finishing – entirely hand-crafted.
Manufacture Piaget 1270D tourbillon ultra-thin gem-set skeleton mechanical movement, with the thinnest self-winding mechanical movement in the world. Movement set with 71 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 1.1 ct) and 561 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.9 ct).
*Piaget luxury watches and jewellery are individually produced and thus the weight and carats of each product can vary from the displayed data.
1957 saw Piaget’s impressive craftsmanship move onto an even higher plane with the release of its first ultra-thin movement, the 9P – one of the thinnest ever made. This manual winding movement quickly became legendary within Haute Horlogerie, ensuring the Manufacture was destined to be associated with ultra-thin watches from then on. Three years later the Piaget 12P was born; at just 2.1 mm, this self-winding movement broke the first in a long line of records for thinness.
Incorporating as it does all the métiers of luxury watchmaking, Piaget’s Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie encompasses the tremendous creative energy, the touch of avant-garde, and the consummate skills to design and create dozens of new movements – mostly ultra-thin, all entirely in-house. From the simplest to the most complex, manual or self-winding, round or contoured, with fine skeletons, or even gem-set, Piaget movements mark defining moments in the history of Haute Horlogerie. Its Manufacture combines record-breaking fineness with breathtaking technical achievements, such as setting baguette-cut diamonds onto the working parts of a movement.