Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Piaget's Millionth Watch: Piaget Emperador Full-Set Coussin Perpetual Calendar

Its certainly an awe inspiring feat to deliver the one millionth watch baring the mark of the manufacturer - Piaget. More so since Piaget is not known for prolific mass market watch production, but rather painstakingly meticulous craftsmanship creating mechanical masterpieces of exceptional quality and extreme precision, not to mention the combination of intriguing complications and dazzling diamond displays.

The Piaget Emperador Full-Set Coussin Perpetual Calendar does great tribute to the Piaget legacy which began in simple settings. In 1874 Georges- Edouard Piaget set up his workshop on his families farm in La Côte-aux-Fées, a small town nestled in Jura mountains of Switzerland. He devoted himself to making fine mechanical clock movements for renowned watch manufacturers. It was not long before it became apparent that his craftsmanship surpassed that of other watchmakers of that time, and orders came pouring in. In 1911, his son, Timothee Piaget took over the family business with the same fortitude and success. In 1943, the Piaget brand was created. The brand was an instant hit and people from all over wanted a Piaget timepiece. Piaget strove for perfection, and when perfection was reached, strove for perfection in areas where perfection was almost ,but not quite, impossible. For example, in the late 1950's and 1960's Piaget created exceptional ultra-thin mechanical movements , such as the Caliber 12p movement. Just 2.3mm thick, this watch achieved the feat of being the slimmest self-winding movement in the world, since the rotor itself usually increases thickness.

In 1957, Piaget's iconic watch collection was unveiled - the Emperador. Piaget's one millionth watch stems from this collection. Only 20 such watches shall be released in 2010, heightening the collectibility. Incorporated in the mechanical movement is a perpetual calender - a watch complication accounting for leap years until the year 2100. A 5.66 mm thick, in-house automatic, mechanical, Calibre 856P movement beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour. Other iconic Piaget features include circular-grained and bevelled mainplate and bridges; hand-draw flanks, accented with blued screws and circular Côtes de Genève.

Yet it is the dazzling exterior of the watch that will catch the eye of watch collector and novice alike. 60 baguette-cut diamonds set on the bezel exquisitely frames the dial. The dial is a vision unto itself baring no less than 263 diamonds, 12 elegant dial markers and five sub dials. An hour and minute hand sweep across the dial while a sub dial placed at the 4 'o'clock position marks the seconds. The sub dial at the 12 'o'clock position reflects the intricate inner workings of the perpetual calender with the display of months and leap year as well as a unique date display at the 3'o'clock position overlapping the second sub dial. A retrograde day of the week display occupies the area between the 9 and 10 'o'clock. A final sub dial boasts a dual time zone two hands display: one hand for the second time and one hand to indicate the day and night. The final sub dial is quite a distinct feature on a perpetual calender timepiece. Turn the watch over and an exquisite surprise meets the eye. The jeweler not wanting to be limited to the dial and bezel has added 25 diamonds on the oscillating weight completely discernible via the clear case back.

Piaget's Millionth watch incorporates the exceptional craftsmanship of the company and honors its legacy.
Alas, as I mentioned only 20 pieces will be released; however, you can still wear a high-end genuine Piaget timepiece on your wrist. THE WATCHERY has a large selection of Piaget luxury timepieces for reduced prices, some slashed as much as 50% off the list price.
Wear a Piaget timepiece on your wrist and let it be known that your Piaget watch is one in a million.