Piaget are so skillful in the art of creating ultra-thin mechanical watch movements that they make the process seem almost effortless, it is simply impossible to review a Piaget piece without measuring their achievements in millimetres. With their latest release - the brand's first Ultra-Thin Automatic Tourbillon (with a movement thickness of just 5.55mm) they manage to push even their own boundaries just a little bit further.
The new Calibre 2270P uses a combination of the Calibre 600P, released in 2003 ( the world's thinnest shaped tourbillon movement at 3.5mm) and the Calibre 1208P released in 2010 (the world's thinnest automatic movment at 2.35mm) along with Piaget's masterly knack for micro mechanics in its creation. The resulting piece has a watchcase of just 10.4mm, but it's no svelte and skinny lightweight piece - this one has poise and presence thanks to that handsome cushion-shaped Emperador case.
The tourbillon carriage is positioned at 1 o'clock with the engraved micro rotor off-centred at 10 o'clock. Hours and minutes are at 5 o'clock. A new modern twist is provided by a laser guilloched sapphire crystal in place of a dial, adding depth and clarity to this remarkable piece.
The caseback is solid but with two openings, one for the power reserve indicator the other for the tourbillon carriage and is one which just begs to be admired, so beautiful that you'll want to rest it on its side at your bedside every so often.
The Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin is available in 18 carat pink or white gold watchcase, measuring 46,5mm across. Water resistance is to 30m and the piece is presented on a brown alligator strap with 18 carat gold folding clasp.