There are few more refined expressions in the art of watchmaking than that of "skeletonization", the intricate reduction of dials and movements to the minimum necessary to reveal the true beating heart of watches in all their mechanical splendor. To be able to combine extraordinary aesthetics and functional reliability, the creation of a squelette watch requires vision, trust, time and the great skill and experience of numerous specialists, and this is a sector in which the Maison Piaget has been a protagonist of this for fifty years. part.
Piaget's first openworked watches were made in the 70s and, like many of the House's creations, immediately attracted a high-profile following. One of the first and best known to choose these timepieces was the jazz legend Miles Davis who used to arrive at the shows with a briefcase containing a selection of watches, including Piaget ones, only to choose "the watch for the evening" just before. to go on stage. And this artist, known for the complexity and level of innovation of his music, in his most important performances was often seen on stage with a Piaget gold squelette model on his wrist.
Piaget has long been renowned for creating exceptionally thin mechanisms and has decided to combine two of its signature excellences by developing exquisite meticulously skeletonized thin calibers, setting multiple records along the way and managing to craft the thinnest skeletal movements ever seen. and which can incorporate tourbillons, moon phases, exceptional enamels, set diamonds and be self-winding.
Piaget is now pleased to announce its latest adventure in timepiece manufacturing: an openworked version of the famous Piaget Polo, the innovative high-end sports watch created by Piaget in 1979. To develop the Piaget Polo Skeleton, the designers and engineers of the Maison had to take into consideration the key aspects that make this model immediately recognizable, in particular the curved case topped by a round bezel, the coussin dial and the slim profile.
However, the refinement of the Polo Skeleton required the creation of a case that was 30% thinner than existing versions and an evolution of the Piaget 1200S self-winding skeletonized movement powered by an off-center micro rotor engraved with the Piaget coat of arms.
The challenge was to maintain the bold and unmistakable look that gives the Piaget Polo its strong personality, while achieving an unprecedented mix of elegance, usability and comfort thanks to the thinnest case ever used for this model. Is the result? A true work of art to wear: a sports watch with a 42mm and 6,5mm thick steel case powered by the Manufacture Piaget 1200S1 self-winding movement - entirely developed and manufactured in house - measuring just 2,4mm.
Despite the intricate appearance of the components reduced to an essential size, the Polo Skeleton remains as robust, reliable and practical as the other models, with 44 hours of power reserve and water resistance up to three atmospheres. Even the integrated bracelet with shiny and satin "H" design, now synonymous with the Piaget Polo, has been revised to be easily interchangeable. This allows you to effortlessly replace it with the leather strap supplied with each watch, thus increasing its versatility and giving a further dimension to the already distinctive character of the watch.
Piaget Polo Skeleton.
The new Piaget Polo Skeleton is available in two absolutely unique models: the first with a Piaget Blue PVD movement, the second with a slate gray finish. In each version, the famous Piaget Polo case has been reduced to just 6,5 mm thick (therefore almost 3 mm thinner than traditional models), while the openwork movement and even the hands have been worked to achieve maximum transparency.
Finally, the transparent sapphire crystal caseback allows the meticulously crafted movement to be seen and appreciated from both sides of the
timepiece. Price about 28.500 EURO.