Watches & Wonders: breathtaking pieces with crystal knights and gongs

Call it dope, call it lit, but Piaget’s new Altiplano Ultimate Concept (AUC) is one crazy watch.

To understand this, a history lesson is in order. Piaget has been known since the 19th century for its extra-thin horological components. In 2018, he stunned the watch world with the AUC, which was only 2mm thick.

A stellar example of micro-engineering, it nabbed the prestigious Aiguille d’Or prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève – the Oscars of the watchmaking world – in 2020.

This latest version is Piaget’s homage to the AUC, with details that chronicle the journey of the revolutionary watch.

At the top of the dial is the Piaget logo, rendered in the same font used in the logo above the watchmaker’s home and watch factory in La Côte-aux-Fées in Switzerland.

Two circles are found among the points of the minute ring, marking the hour of “birth” – 7:47 – of the AUC prototype at La Côte-aux-Fées.

The date of birth – February 7, 2017 – is inscribed in a small aperture at 2:30.

The inscription La Côte-aux-Fées is engraved on the ratchet wheel, as well as its GPS coordinates.

The bottom of the dial is dotted with Super-LumiNova stars, recalling the sky above La Côte-aux-Fées at the exact date and time of the birth of the AUC.

The 41mm watch is powered by the hand-wound 900P-UC movement, which has 40 hours of power reserve. It is mounted on a thin dark blue alligator strap.

Price: On demand