News: The Piaget Polo Goes Skeleton
First launched in 1979, the Piaget Polo is to Piaget what the Royal Oak is to Audemars Piguet. Much like the Royal Oak, the Polo has been recently revamped to incorporate new materials and innovations. The Polo line—since its 2016 rebirth—has featured both chronograph and centre-second models; not the long line of variations that the Royal Oak has, but hey, cut Piaget some slack, it has only been five years—and anyway, they’ve just added one more: introducing the Piaget Polo Skeleton.
The Piaget Polo was first introduced in 1979
If you were to mention the name Piaget in a room of enthusiasts, do you know what the most common response would be? Well, I bet you anything it’s: “have you seen the Altiplano Ultimate Concept, it’s so thin!” For good reason too. The Altiplano Ultimate Concept is an incredible, record-breakingly thin watch that deserves to be talked about. The point I'm trying to make is that Piaget has become a brand people associate with ultra-thin watches—and rightly so. Piaget has spent years proving that it is industry-leading in that field—and now some of that experience is trickling down to its commercial watches, because not only is the Polo Skeleton, well, skeletonised, it is ultra-thin too.
At 6.5mm thick, the new Piaget Polo Skeleton is incredibly thin for a watch, let alone a sports watch. Its thinness is mostly thanks to the 2.4mm thick Calibre 1200S1. Held together with bold, contrasting bridges—blue or black, depending on the chosen model—the Calibre 1200S1 runs at 21,600 vph and has a power reserve of 44 hours, which can also be topped up with the micro-rotor seen close to 9.
The world’s thinnest watch is the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept
The skeletonised design of the Polo Skeleton allows the Calibre 1200S1 to be visible—in its entirety—through both the front and rear crystal. Just look; you can follow the energy you add to the watch from the crown, up the winding stem, all the way to the mainspring, and even watch said energy dissipate.
Won’t drastically changing the dial effect the overall look of the watch? I thought it would too when I first heard this watch was coming out—but thankfully it doesn’t. The watch is still very much a Polo, very much a Piaget. Although thinner, the Polo Skeleton is still 42mm, steel, and has the polished/satin-brushed integrated bracelet and cushion-shaped case design fans of the watch have come to love.
Piaget was founded in 1874 by Georges-Édouard Piaget
Audemars Piguet with the Royal Oak, Patek Philippe with the Nautilus, Vacheron Constantin with the Overseas…each brand has its own luxury sports watch—so where does that leave Piaget? At CHF 28,700—which is considerably cheaper than any of the skeletonised options from either Vacheron Constantin or Audemars Piguet, I might add—I don’t think Piaget has to worry; its rather skinny new kid on the block will fit in just fine.
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