Piaget – Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic (SIHH 2011)

The new Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin is entirely in line with the brand’s DNA and sets a new record for the world’s thinnest self-winding tourbillon watch measuring a mere 10.4 mm. This daringly contemporary creation also makes a point of overturning traditional watchmaking codes.

This model is a powerful expression of the Piaget genetic heritage: unique competence in the field of ultrathin watchmaking, combined with a determination to develop consistently innovative and creative complicated calibres. Drawing upon the qualities of both Piaget Calibre 600P – the world’s thinnest handwound tourbillon movement – and Piaget Calibre 1208P – the world’s thinnest self-winding movement equipped with a micro-rotor – Calibre 1270P, Piaget’s first ultra-thin self-winding tourbillon movement measuring just 5.55 mm thick, offers a combination of technical and aesthetic innovations.

The new Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin watch features the slimmest profile on the market, with a case measuring just 10.4 mm thick. It is thus completely in tune with Piaget’s major breakthroughs and innovations that have had a lasting influence on the world of Haute Horlogerie.

This exceptional capacity for innovation stems above all from an exceptional wealth of experience. For half a century, Piaget has been writing some of the finest chapters in the history of ultra-thin movements, a field in which it has played a pioneering role. In 1957, Piaget caused a sensation by developing Calibre 9P, an ultrathin mechanical hand-wound movement. Two years later, Piaget filed a patent for Calibre 12P, which set a record for slimness in the category of self-winding movements. Building on this historical legitimacy, the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget has constantly pursued its groundbreaking work in the highly technical segment of ultra-thin movements. Out of a total of 29 movements developed by Piaget, the new Calibre 1270P is the 17th ultra-thin mechanism. This expertise in ultra-thin watchmaking has also given rise to complicated calibres (the 600P shaped tourbillon, 880P chronograph and 855P perpetual calendar movements). In 2010, Piaget celebrated the 50th anniversary of the commercialisation of the legendary Calibre 12P in due style by presenting Calibres 1200P (hours and minutes) and 1208P (hours, minutes and small seconds), the thinnest mechanical self-winding movements on the market at just 2.35 mm thick, a first record. They were integrated within the new 43 mm Altiplano case and thereby set a second record for the thinnest watch in its category (5.25 mm).

In presenting its new self-winding tourbillon Calibre 1270P, the culmination of a three-year development process, the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget is taking an additional step in this field of excellence represented by ultra-thin mechanical movements.

The cushion-shaped 1270P movement is the epitome of authentic fine watchmaking, housed within an identically shaped case. One of the most emblematic complications, the self-winding tourbillon – complete with its gold micro-rotor – thereby finds a new expression in this Calibre 1270P. In addition to the technical feat of producing an extremely complex 269-part mechanism in such diminutive dimensions – some gear wheels are a mere 0.12 mm thick! – this Calibre 1270P is distinguished by an exceptional aesthetic appeal that reveals the eminently modern nature of the Piaget Emperador Coussion Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin.

This new timepiece in the Piaget Emperador collection is making its mark on this iconic line in the Black Tie collection thanks to a powerful design and a decidedly avant-garde character. Confidently overturning the established codes of fine watchmaking, this model offers a dial-side view – through the laser-engraved sapphire crystal – of the most fascinating mechanical components, from automatic winding through to handfitting. The offset micro-rotor in gold can thus be freely admired, entwined with the imposing and equally offset tourbillon carriage to form a figure 8, the ultimate lucky number. Meanwhile, the offset hour and minute hands appear at 5 o’clock. The meticulous finishing of the movement is also visible through the sapphire crystal. The design codes inherent to Black Tie models are also interpreted in an elegantly contemporary manner including laser guilloché work on the dial, tapered hour-markers pointing towards the offset hand-fitting, as well as the beautifully highlighted gold-rimmed oscillating weight and tourbillon displays. The resolutely modern overall tone is subtly counter-balanced by the traditional Haute Horlogerie decoration of the micro-rotor, guilloché-worked and adorned with the Piaget coat-of-arms.

This decision to present a transparent view of the mechanism through the dial side is a further demonstration of the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget’s wish to place fully mastered technical expertise in the service of design.

Like all the new complicated movements from the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget, this concentrated blend of technologies and innovations is housed within a generously sized cushion-shaped Emperador case in 18-carat pink or white gold, measuring 46.5 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 3ATM (approximately 30 metres). The solid case-back, engraved with the Piaget coat-of-arms and the Calibre 1270P reference, features two openings: one for the power-reserve indication, and the other to provide a view of the tourbillon carriage. This new Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin is fitted with a brown alligator leather strap secured by an 18-carat gold folding clasp.

While displaying its finest expertise expressed in such a resolutely modern way, the new Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin also sets a new record in the brand’s favourite field of ultra-thin watchmaking.

Movement – Manufacture Piaget 1270P ultra-thin mechanical self-winding tourbillon movement.

Movement thickness – 5.55 mm. Dimensions – 15 ’’’ ½ (34.9 mm x 34.9 mm). Jewels 35. Vibrations – 21,600 vibrations/hour. Off-centred tourbillon carriage at 1 o’clock. Weight of tourbillon carriage – 0.2 g (3 titanium bridges). Thickness of tourbillon carriage – 2.8 mm. White or pink gold micro-rotor, off-centred at 10 o’clock. Power reserve – Approximately 40 hours, displayed on the case-back.

Functions – Hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve. Off-centred hour indication at 4 o’clock.

Case – 46.5 mm. World’s thinnest self-winding tourbillon watch (10.4 mm). 18-carat white or pink gold watch. Laser-printed glass dial revealing the movement. Tapering hour-markers pointing towards an off-centred dial.

Finishing – Circular Côtes de Genève (back), sunburst satin-brushed guilloché mainplate (face); sunburst, bevelled and hand-drawn bridges (face); circular satin-brushed wheels; sunburst satin-brushed barrel cover; blued screws; gold guilloché oscillating weight engraved with Piaget coat-of-arms, polished “P” on the tourbillon carriage, hand-bevelled carriage arms.

Clasp – 18-carat white or pink gold folding clasp.

Strap – Black alligator leather strap.

Source: Piaget

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