The Piaget Altiplano Petit Seconds watch is a gorgeous new member of Piaget’s extremely fine dress timepiece collection. With a 40mm diameter, this model promises to be a fantastic formal watch for the modern male. It should without question attract more interest than the established but rather marginally sized (by today’s standards of fashion) 38mm case diameter that we’ve come to know the Altiplano Large for.
One that that as NOT changed, fortunately, is the impeccable elegance that is such a hallmark of Piaget. Graceful lines, and faultless workmanship define every tiny detail of the Altiplano dial and case; truly, as dress watches go, this one is in a class with very few competitors. The striking but extremely attractive half-circle upon a circle small seconds display adds a nice touch of technical interest, but in no way spoils the charming minimalism of the design.
My hat is also off to Piaget, for putting an exhibition back on their newest Altiplano. While the intricate hand-wrought engravings on the standard Piaget caseback is a delight in its own right, its very nice to be able to admire the workmanship of the ultra-slim calibers which have given Piaget its fine reputation as a manufacture. The manually wound Caliber Piaget 838P (the designation of the movement inside this model) has an overall height of just 2.5mm. It’s worth noting that this is the kind of thinness that would ordinarily be associated with battery-powered quartz movements – not one comprised of hand-finished, entirely mechanical parts!