Piaget: Altiplano Tourbillon Aventurine27 May 2021
Piaget presents the new Altiplano Tourbillon Aventurine, a Limited Edition of 38 pieces, offering one of watchmaking’s finest complications in a 38mm diameter with a gorgeous aventurine glass dial and diamond-set bezel.
A STARRY DIAL
Aventurine glass is a magical material that takes its name from the Italian word avventura, meaning “adventure”. Aventurine dates back to the 17th century with some of the first records coming from Murano, Venice, a town famous for its glass making. The process consists of adding copper oxide to glass to give it a mesmerising twinkle that mirrors the starry night sky. The Altiplano Tourbillon Aventurine dial features an ultra-thin flying tourbillon carriage in an off-centered window at 2 o’clock. The position of the tourbillon, with the hours and minutes counter at 8 o’clock, form a lucky 8 and infinity symbol, illustrating eternity, and everlasting love.
In 2017, Piaget celebrated the 60th anniversary of its ultra-thin movement with the unveiling of the ultra-thin Altiplano Flying Tourbillon, putting the movement at the service of the design. This manufacture manual-winding movement featured the time at eight o’clock and the tourbillon at two o’clock. With 157 ultra-thin and ultra-light components, such as a carriage measuring a mere 2.88mm, three titanium bridges weighing no more than 0.2g, and some components measuring no more than the thickness of a human hair, the Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon is a feat of engineering. It also holds a patent for its stem mechanism, featuring an intermediate wheel that looks like a staircase and enables the user to set the time of the off-centered dial — another first in the watch industry.
The Altiplano Tourbillon Aventurine comes in a 38mm white gold case with baguette-cut diamonds on the bezel, a first for an Altiplano Tourbillon of this size. The lugs and the crown are set with 13 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.19 ct) while the bezel is adorned with 48 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 2.06 cts). This Altiplano timepiece, animated by the Piaget Manufacture 670P Tourbillon caliber with 48 hours of power reserve, comes with a sapphire case back that provides a stunning view of this ultra-thin movement. It is paired with a dark blue alligator strap with an 18K white gold clasp adorned with 24 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.06 ct). (Price € 154.000 – Exclusive Boutique)