At SIHH, Piaget will debut the new Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin. This piece sets a new record for the world’s thinnest self-winding tourbillon watch, measuring a mere 10.4mm thick. It is a showcase of Piaget’s unique skills in the field of ultra-thin watchmaking and the brand’s desire to develop innovative and creative complicated calibers.
Throughout its history, Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget has constantly pursued its groundbreaking work in the highly technical field of ultra-thin movements. Of a total of 29 movements developed by Piaget, the new Calibre 1270P is the 17th ultra-thin mechanism. This expertise in ultra-thin watchmaking has also given rise to complicated calibers, including the 600P shaped tourbillon, 880P chronograph, and 855P perpetual calendar.
In 2010, Piaget celebrated the 50th anniversary of the launch of the legendary Calibre 12P by presenting Calibres 1200P (hours and minutes) and 1208P (hours, minutes and small seconds), the thinnest mechanical self-winding movements on the market at just 2.35mm thick – a record. These movements were integrated within the new 43mm Altiplano case and thereby set a second record for the thinnest watch in its category (5.25mm).
Drawing upon both Piaget Calibre 600P – the world’s thinnest hand-wound tourbillon movement – and Piaget Calibre 1208P – the world’s thinnest self-winding movement equipped with a micro-rotor, the Calibre 1270P ultra-thin self-winding tourbillon measures a mere 5.35mm thick while offering a combination of technical and aesthetic innovations.
The new Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin watch features the slimmest profile on the market, with a case measuring just 10.4mm thick.
Unlike the movements in most shaped watches, Calibre 1270P is cushion-shaped like the case it rests in, adding a high degree of horological legitimacy. The movement itself is a wonder of design and execution. Some gear wheels are a mere 0.12mm thick. The placement of the micro-rotor on the dial side of the movement and the offset hour and minute hands are striking and noteworthy aesthetic elements.
The dial features laser guilloché work while tapered hour-markers point toward the offset hands and the gold-rimmed oscillating weight and tourbillon displays. The modern overall tone is counter-balanced by the traditional Haute Horlogerie decoration of the micro-rotor, guilloché-worked and adorned with the Piaget coat-of-arms.
This blend of technologies and innovations is housed within a generously sized cushion-shaped Emperador case in 18-carat rose or white gold, measuring 46.5mm in diameter and water-resistant to 3ATM (approximately 30 meters). The solid case-back, engraved with the Piaget coat-of-arms and the Calibre 1270P reference, features two openings: one for the power-reserve indication, and the other to provide a view of the tourbillon carriage.
Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin is fitted with either a brown or black alligator leather strap, secured by an 18-carat rose or white gold folding clasp.
Pricing is not yet available, but will be provided at SIHH, so check back for updates.
Technical Specifications: 2011 Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Ultra-Thin Automatic
Movement: Calibre 1270P, automatic, 269 parts, 35 jewels, 21,600 vph, dimensions: 34.9 mm x 34.9 mm, height: 5.55 mm, in-house, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds (flying tourbillon,) power reserve indicator
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: White gold or Rose gold
Bezel material: White gold or Rose gold
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Cushion
Case size: 46.50 mm x 46.50 mm
Case height: 10.40 mm
Dial: Laser-engraved glass
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Brown alligator leather strap with an 18-carat gold folding clasp
Case back: Solid