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An adaptation of the 838S skeleton movement, the 838D gem-set skeleton movement in white gold is another ultra-thin hand-wound skeleton movement measuring just 3.1 mm thick and belonging to the third generation of ultra-thin movements from the watchmaker Piaget. Its bridges, drawn on both sides, once again offer a breathtaking view of all its components, including its balance with screws. Embodying the unique expertise of the watchmaker Piaget, the 838D gem-set skeleton movement is distinguished by the gem-setting of its ultra-thin bridges, an adornment demanding precise work of the highest order. Its mainplate is set with 174 diamonds and its screws are hidden by seven black sapphires or rubies cut into cabochons, emphasising its exceptional visual impact. A guilloche design reminiscent of the sun and the divisions of time radiate from the centre of the carriage, visible on the back of the movement. The circular-grained mainplate and bridges, hand-drawn and bevelled, and the blued screws round off this exceptional movement, while remaining true to the aesthetic codes cherished by the Swiss watchmaking brand.
Manufacture Piaget 838D ultra-thin hand-wound gem-set skeleton mechanical movement in white gold with small seconds.
*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.