Piaget – Emperador Coussin XL 700P | (SIHH 2016)18 January 2016
Mechanical and quartz put on a bold united front
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first in-house quartz movement, the famous ultra-thin 7P calibre presented in 1976, Piaget unveils the Emperador Coussin XL 700P: an astonishing concept watch issued in a 118-piece limited series. Featuring an unusual match between a mechanical calibre and a generator, this resolutely innovative timepiece highlights two perfectly mastered skills embedded in the very genes of the Manufacture.
For while Piaget stands out for its expertise and creativity in the development of ultra-thin calibres, it also has its own range of quartz movements equipping many of its ladies’ timepieces and jewellery watch creations. In tribute to this dual excellence, the mechanical heart of the Emperador Coussin XL 700P is regulated by the high frequency of a quartz oscillating at 32’768Hz which controls the speed of the generator at 5.33 turns per second.
This exclusive ‘motor’ boasting peerless precision is housed in a cushion-shaped case with a diameter of 46.5 mm, displaying the noble distinction of the Black Tie collection as well as the boldness of its powerfully structured lines.
Piaget’s excellence in the domain of innovative mechanical movements, and particularly its mastery of ultra-thin horology, is widely acknowledged.
Issued in a limited edition of 118, the exclusive Emperador Coussin XL 700P is equipped with an ultra-thin generator-regulated mechanical movement.
This accomplishment, for which ten or so patents have been filed, stems from two years of R&D conducted within the Manufacture Piaget and is based on an original Swiss concept first registered in 1972.
The quartz with its 32’768 Hz frequency controls the rotation of the generator and wheels train. It ensures an extremely high degree of precision as well as perfect resistance to magnetic fields and gravity.
On this fascinating reverse (or inverted) construction, revealing the main functional elements of the watch on the display side, the offset oscillating weight and the generator form a figure 8. The also offset pointed hours and minutes hand sweep over finely tapered hour-markers.