February 22, 2015
This year Piaget has once again put forth a strong lineup showcasing its overall watchmaking talents as well as its leadership in the ultra-thin category. While its headliner for 2015 is probably the Altiplano Chronograph with new Cal 883P, the brand’s new Emperador Coussin Skeleton 1270S is my personal favorite — and of course a much more exclusive watch. This watch is the world’s thinnest ultra-thin tourbillon automatic skeleton watch featuring a case measuring just 8.85 mm thick. The ultra-thin (5.05 mm) automatic tourbillon Caliber 1270S — of course a descendant of the 1270P caliber which was/is Piaget’s first ultra-thin automatic tourbillon — was designed and developed specifically for the cushion-shaped case housing it.
The Caliber 1270S has a unique architecture with its dial-side micro rotor and tourbillon placement at 1 o’clock. It’s many fine finishing elements include: satin-brushed, hand-bevelled and polished mainplate and bridges; satin-brushed, bevelled and polished guilloché gold-toned oscillating weight; circular satin-brushed, satin-brushed and hand-bevelled wheels; gold screws; satin-brushed hand-bevelled barrel, as well as the hand-bevelled and hand-drawn bridges of the tourbillon carriage. The Piaget “P” topping the tourbillon cage is a favored design element used by Piaget watchmakers.