November 30, 2014
It’s no secret that we am fans of Piaget’s Altiplano Skeleton with Caliber 1200 — we blogged about this watch on numerous occasions last year, including our detailed reflections on the watch. As such, we were happy to see the Altiplano Skeleton recently introduced in a black “enamel-skeleton” dial. To our knowledge, the ultra-thin automatic Calibre 1200E is the first ever “enamel-skeleton” movement. It is the same as the Piaget Caliber 1200S (“S” as in skeleton), but of course with enamel, hence the modified identifier (“E”) on the caliber name (perhaps “ES” would have been more appropriate). Nomenclature aside, to see an openworked dial embellished with enamel on what little is left of its surface area is an intriguing look; we find it to be an attractive addition to the overall aesthetic of the contemporary Altiplano Skeleton.
To be honest its hard to keep up with all the innovation and super-thin watches that have been introduced these past few years, but as for us, we still think of Piaget as the overall “King of Thin”, because they still hold several “ultra-thin” records, and it is a skill (and an art) that runs deep in the brand’s DNA. The Altiplano Skeleton is a “record holder” in not one but two categories — the world’s thinnest automatic skeleton movement (2.4mm) and the world’s thinnest automatic skeleton watch (5.34mm).
The Piaget Altiplano Skeleton has a 38mm white gold case that is 5.34mm thin. A more feminine model with white enamel on rose gold was also introduced; it has a diamond-set bezel as well.