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    In awe of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch, 2mm is darn thin!

    I was looking through a "best watches of 2020" article on the Watchuseek landing page and this new Piaget caught my eye.
    https://www.watchuseek.com/best-watches-2020/

    I have soft spot for ultra thin watches. My thinnest non-quartz is a Zenith Class Elite 650 hand wound that's 6 mm thick. That's nothing compared to this 2 mm Piaget though. I'm just dumbfounded by it.

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    This video offers a neat overview:
    https://int.piaget.com/piaget-societ...timate-concept

    I had the pleasure of trying on a Piaget Altiplano Ultimate a few years ago and found it was a real pleasure for the eyes. I'd say it's slightly nicer to look at than the new concept version. The more traditional balance wheel and the finishing look a little nicer in my opinion. But the Concept has a lot of really interesting innovations, like the one-sided spring barrel, the disk based hour hand, or the one-sided balance. The crown mechanism is pretty interesting, using an infinity screw system.

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    Re: In awe of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch, 2mm is darn thin!

    You know I wanted to like this more than I do because I love ultra thin watches. Insane price tag aside, there is something about the proportions and the way it sits on the wrist that I just don't like ( think its the lugs actually and lack of curvature). Looking at it from a couple angles on the pictures posted of wrist shots, I think the issue some have with the way a GT Reverso sits on their wrists is magnified here due to the extreme thinness.

    I love the way Piaget has pushed boundaries and hope this is the start of something more, I just am not sure the ergonomics and proportions are there and cannot image spending 20k, much less what they are actually asking for in a watch that just doesn't fit properly.
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    Re: In awe of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch, 2mm is darn thin!

    It's a stunning technical achievement, but you have to wonder about whether it's robust enough to actually wear...

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    Re: In awe of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch, 2mm is darn thin!

    Read up and the Caliber 12P.
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    It's a stunning technical achievement, but you have to wonder about whether it's robust enough to actually wear...

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    Re: In awe of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch, 2mm is darn thin!

    Ultra-thin is not my thing, but a stunning watch nevertheless! A 2mm thickness is definitely remarkable!

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    Re: In awe of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch, 2mm is darn thin!

    Have you guys ever cut a piece of paper to the shape of a watch and placed it on your wrist. Feels awful due to how thin it is. Dunno how this Piaget feels though.

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    Re: In awe of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch, 2mm is darn thin!

    Quote Originally Posted by mlcor View Post
    It's a stunning technical achievement, but you have to wonder about whether it's robust enough to actually wear...
    I agree. I don't like fretting about possessions while using them.
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    Re: In awe of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch, 2mm is darn thin!

    Quote Originally Posted by Citlalcoatl View Post
    You know I wanted to like this more than I do because I love ultra thin watches. Insane price tag aside, there is something about the proportions and the way it sits on the wrist that I just don't like ( think its the lugs actually and lack of curvature). Looking at it from a couple angles on the pictures posted of wrist shots, I think the issue some have with the way a GT Reverso sits on their wrists is magnified here due to the extreme thinness.

    I love the way Piaget has pushed boundaries and hope this is the start of something more, I just am not sure the ergonomics and proportions are there and cannot image spending 20k, much less what they are actually asking for in a watch that just doesn't fit properly.
    I assume that you're referring to the price of the current Altiplano Ultimate 910P ($26-27k) and not the new Concept version. I haven't seen pricing published for the new version. It's true that over $25k is fairly expensive. There's the usual defense of development costs amortized over a small number of watches, high cost for the higher tolerances required of ultra thin parts, plus the man hours for finishing. Despite this, I can't help but wonder if thinness could actually be a cost savings approach. The more simple and basic the movement, the less expensive it is to produce. Also, how much gold is there in there? Probably as much as a typical wedding ring, maybe less, which is less than $1k typically.

    In any case, an interesting piece in my opinion.

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    Re: In awe of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch, 2mm is darn thin!

    Quote Originally Posted by Citlalcoatl View Post
    You know I wanted to like this more than I do because I love ultra thin watches. Insane price tag aside, there is something about the proportions and the way it sits on the wrist that I just don't like ( think its the lugs actually and lack of curvature). Looking at it from a couple angles on the pictures posted of wrist shots, I think the issue some have with the way a GT Reverso sits on their wrists is magnified here due to the extreme thinness.

    I love the way Piaget has pushed boundaries and hope this is the start of something more, I just am not sure the ergonomics and proportions are there and cannot image spending 20k, much less what they are actually asking for in a watch that just doesn't fit properly.
    I assume that you're referring to the price of the current Altiplano Ultimate 910P ($26-27k) and not the new Concept version. I haven't seen pricing published for the new version. It's true that over $25k is fairly expensive. There's the usual defense of development costs amortized over a small number of watches, high cost for the higher tolerances required of ultra thin parts, plus the man hours for finishing. Despite this, I can't help but wonder if thinness could actually be a cost savings approach. The more simple and basic the movement, the less expensive it is to produce. Also, how much gold is there in there? Probably as much as a typical wedding ring, maybe less, which is less than $1k typically.

    In any case, an interesting piece in my opinion.

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    Re: In awe of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch, 2mm is darn thin!

    Quote Originally Posted by WTSP View Post
    I assume that you're referring to the price of the current Altiplano Ultimate 910P ($26-27k) and not the new Concept version. I haven't seen pricing published for the new version. It's true that over $25k is fairly expensive. There's the usual defense of development costs amortized over a small number of watches, high cost for the higher tolerances required of ultra thin parts, plus the man hours for finishing. Despite this, I can't help but wonder if thinness could actually be a cost savings approach. The more simple and basic the movement, the less expensive it is to produce. Also, how much gold is there in there? Probably as much as a typical wedding ring, maybe less, which is less than $1k typically.

    In any case, an interesting piece in my opinion.

    I'm talking about the new concept piece where retail starts at 400k not the 910P.
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