Piaget is a watchmaker that is known for producing some of the most magnificent examples of luxury timepieces in the world. They’ve done it again with the Piaget Altiplano Automatic 40mm With Meteorite Dial. It’s a brilliant example of what fine craftsmen can accomplish when given the task of creating an ultra thin piece with a solid build and precision timekeeping, but it’s much more than that. It bears a closer examination to appreciate the true value and excellence of its persona.
The case of the Piaget Altiplano Automatic 40mm With Meteorite Dial
The case of this limited edition wrist watch is 40 mm in diameter with a thickness of just 2 mm. It is crafted of 18K pink gold and features a polished surface with a matching pull out crown that is elegantly engraved with the initial that signifies the brand. The bezel is a thin round style in a matching polished pink gold finish. When you flip the watch over, the case back is interesting, bearing an open back in the same material around the rim that bears engravings of the specifications along with the indication that this is indeed a limited edition. A flat sapphire crystal protects the delicate inner workings of the watch.
The dial is made of grey meteorite that has made its way from the heavens to be included in the creation of a masterpiece that joins the astral with the physical plane of earth. It sets a nice contrast for the applied pink gold indexes and hands, giving it good legibility in an elegant display of pure luxury. The date window is placed at the 3 o’clock position in a simple and minimal rectangle with a white background and black date. A flat sapphire crystal, as in the case back covers the front.
The movement of this exquisite watch is an in-house Piaget caliber 1203P and measures 3 mm in thickness with a diameter of 29.9. It’s a magnificent creation in a self winding style featuring a micro rotor and a power reserve of 44 hours. The movement beats at 3 Hz frequency with 25 jewels. There are a total of 209 components in the ultra thin movement which include a circular grained plate, circular beveled bridges with Cotes de Geneve, blue screws and sunburst brushed wheels. The functions are hours, minutes and date.
The uniqueness of the watch
Meteorites fall to the earth all the time, but they are not so quickly detected or obtained. This is a part of the mystique of the dial. It’s made of materials which are quite literally not of this earth. At least, not in their origins. It’s like a gift from the gods. Such a rare material, although not considered a precious metal, is nonetheless unique and special. Dressing the heavenly gift with luxury metals from this world gives it a special presentation. It takes a long and difficult process for the meteorite to fall to the earth, then undergo its transformation to the dial. The iron and nickel meteorite must first be cut into a dial blank and then acid treated so the unique pattern is revealed. This results in each of the limited number of meteorite watches being different, one from the other. The dial is then etched and treated to preserve the nickel and iron components, preventing oxidization. The finished product offers a nearly iridescent tone that shifts in pattern with changes in lighting.
Price and availability
The new version of the Piaget Altiplano Automatic 40mm adds the descriptor of Meteorite Dial to the title. The expected release date of this rare and beautiful watch is June of 2019. It will be offered in a strictly limited edition of just 300 pieces to be distributed throughout the world. The price is going to be $24,600. You may watch for their arrival at Piaget boutiques or for more information you can visit the Piaget website. The new member of the Piaget Altiplano Automatic family brings with it a distinction that is not shared by others in the family. Although the DNA is present, this example truly brings two worlds together, both in imagination, and quite literally as a space traveler has come to earth.