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A live report from SIHH 2015 by Olivier Muller of Delos Communications

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Piaget's first chronograph - ever

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It's again a world record. It's again, a ultra-thin caliber. And it's again, signed Piaget. But this time, it's a complicated watch : a chronograph. The announcement could have been missed if it was not Piaget : it's not again a ultra-thin movement, it's the first chronograph in Piaget's collection, ever, amongts the 37 calibers developed by the manufacture, including 25 ultra-thin - and numerous world records.

The chronograph is not just one more complication. It's a difficult one, and Piaget even made it harder with a flyback function aling with a second timezone. Dimensions ? 4.65 mm for the movement and 8.24 mm for the case.

The timepiece joins the Altiplano family. It means that it takes all its DNA and style, from long hands to the simple / double index, in a very reasonable 41 mm case. The caliber is named 883P and stems from the automatic 880P movement that is one of the thinnest on the market. It has required two years of development. The end result is an 883P calibre endowed with a 50-hour power reserve and driving displays of the hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o'clock, along with a 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock and a 24-hour dual-time indication at 9 o'clock. Honoring the tradition, the chronograph uses a column wheel, that is to say a vertical clutch. The piece is sober, elegant, and finds its natural place within the Altiplano family.

A new coussin tourbillon - and a real cushion-shaped movement

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It's an old habit for modern watch brands to put round calibers into cushion-shaped, square or even tonneau cases. An old but bad habit. There was a time, not so long ago, when a shaped case always went along with a caliber that perfectly fitted its geometry. Have you ever seen a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso with a round caliber? Yes, OK, once. But that was a mistake and never happened again.

What Piaget introduces here is a difficult exercise : a cushion-shaped case, along with a cushion-shaped caliber, including a tourbillon, the whole thing being ultra-thin. The automatic skeleton Calibre 1270S was designed and developed specifically for the equally cushion-shaped case housing it. Tha caliber is measuring just 8.85 mm thick.

The new Emperador Coussin is available in two different versions. With its intense black touches applied to the hands, the micro-rotor, the screws and the tourbillon carriage, the white gold variation exudes a modern appeal; while the pink gold version is endowed with more classic and traditional assets including an extremely exclusive all-gold movement.

Andy Warhol is back!

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It's not called the 'Andy Warhol' any more in Piaget's collection but it's all the same. It's now called the Black Tie vintage inspiration. It explores the hard stones universe, a creative way that had already been unveiled during the Biennale des Antiquaires this winter. Warhol's watch was at the time offered in three different versions / stones : jade, lapis lazuli and opaque ruby.

Today's timepiece comes with an onyx black dial on a white gold case, a true dandy piece. Without modifying the appearance and large size of the original watch, the re-edited version of the Black Tie vintage inspiration watch has been readjusted to reveal a slighter slimmer profile thanks to the use of the automatic Piaget 534P movement.

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