In watchmaking art there are few expressions more refined than that of "skeletonizing", the intricate reduction of dials and movements to the minimum necessary to reveal the true beating heart of the 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 an area in which Maison Piaget has been the protagonist for fifty years.
Piaget's first squelette watches were made in the 1970s 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 jazz legend Miles Davis who used to arrive at the shows with a briefcase containing a selection of watches, including Piaget watches, and then choose "the clock for the evening" only shortly before taking the 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 mechanisms of exceptional subtlety and has decided to combine two of its distinctive excellences by developing exquisite meticulously skeletonized thin calibers, setting multiple records along the way and managing to realize the thinnest squelette movements that have ever been seen and that can incorporate tourbillon, moon phases, exceptional glazing , diamonds set and be auto-charged.
Piaget is now pleased to announce its latest adventure in the production of timepieces: a squelette version of the famous Piaget Polo, the innovative high-end sports watch created by Piaget in 1979. To develop the Piaget Polo Skeleton, the Maison's designers and engineers had to take into account the key aspects that make this model instantly recognizable, in particular the curved case surmounted by a round bezel, the coussin dial and the thin profile.
The improvement of the Polo Skeleton, however, required the creation of a case that was 30% thinner than the existing versions and an evolution of the piaget 1200S skeletonized movement powered by a decentralized micro rotor with engraving of the Piaget coat of arms.
The challenge was to maintain the bold and unmistakable look that gives the Piaget Polo its strong personality, while obtaining an unprecedented mix of elegance, usability and comfort thanks to the thinnest case ever used for this model. What about the result? A real work of art to wear: a sports watch with a steel case of 42 mm and 6.5 mm thick powered by the movement of Manifattura Piaget 1200S1 with automatic charge – entirely developed and produced inhouse – of only 2.4 mm.
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 waterproofness up to three atmospheres. The integrated bracelet with a glossy and satin "H" design, now synonymous with the Piaget Polo, has also been revised to be easily interchangeable. This allows it to be replaced without any effort with the leather strap supplied with each watch, thus increasing its versatility and giving an additional dimension to the already distinctive character of the
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 grey finish. In each version, the famous Piaget Polo case has been reduced to only 6.5 mm thick (almost 3 mm thinner than traditional models), while the squelette movement and even the hands have been worked for maximum transparency.
Finally, the transparent sapphire glass caseback allows the movement so meticulously worked to be seen and appreciated on both sides of the
timepiece. Price about 28.500 EURO.