A Round of Polo: Testing Piaget’s Iconic Sports Watch
Written by Witold Michalczyk,
When planning the Polo FortyFive’s rubber strap, Piaget designers gave the typical flowing transition from the case to the strap a new nuance. Two small stainless-steel elements on each side of the injection-molded rubber elegantly continue the inlaid look of the case, and the first steel section also functions as the lug. The flexible connection between the strap and case prolongs the life of the strap. A view of the underside of the strap reveals that the steel elements are fastened to the rubber with screws, indicating that longevity was a high priority.
The ample dimensions of the watch are striking. Its generous dial opening presents the watch most favorably and contributes to the superior legibility, which is especially remarkable at night. As large as the opening is, the designers still managed to find room for a wide bezel. A slight curvature to the case hugs the wrist and prevents any sense of top-heaviness: yet another advantage of the titanium case opposite the three-section folding clasp. Titanium also keeps it light: despite the large case and clasp, the watch weighs just 110 grams.