In 1874, the Swiss luxury watchmaker and jeweler, Piaget, was founded by Georges Piaget. It was firstly situated in the village of La Côte-aux-Fées, starting as a manufacturer of watch movements but it had its first own line of watch production in the 20th century. It was then dedicated to pocket watch making as well as crafting clock movements of high precision. In 1911, his son, Timothée Piaget, took over the company and since then, it has been dedicated to wristwatches making. Piaget has become a registered trademark under the guidance of Gérald and Valentin Piaget, the founder’s grandsons, in 1943 and since then, it has been creating its own designs.
In 1957, Piaget created the first ultra-thin, of 2 mm, hand-wound mechanical watch movement, the Calibre 9P, while in 1960, it created the world’s thinnest automatic movement, the Calibre12P, with the thickness of 2.3 mm. Moreover, in 2014, Piaget launched the world’s thinnest hand-wound mechanical watch, the Altiplano 900P, of 3.65 millimeters, around 1/8 of an inch.
Piaget’s first watches with dials in precious stones were created in 1964. After that was the creation of the cuff watch. In 1988, it became a part of the Swiss Richemont group and in 2002, it announced the creation of the Calibre 600P, the first Piaget’s tourbillon movement. It’s the world’s thinnest tourbillon with 3.5 mm thickness. Piaget also created coin watches, cufflink watches, ring watches, and brooch watches.
Being an old, respected watch manufacturer, Piaget is considered one of the best in the luxury watch market. It’s so famous for its ultra-thin watch movements, which makes it special among other luxury watch companies. Piaget has been fascinating luxury watch collectors and raising the attention to its creations.
Celebrities wearing Piaget
Terrence Howard was spotted wearing one of Piaget’s high-jewelry timepieces which were the Altiplano 38mm 900P in the NAACP Image Awards in February 2016 as he was winning the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. Also, Ryan Reynolds’ go-to watch is a Piaget Polo S, being clear on his watch criteria, stating “To me, what matters about a watch is that it’s timeless, it’s elegant, it’s functional at a high level, and that it’s flexible.”
Most popular Piaget models and collections
The Piaget Emperador Coussin Large Moon
It’s considered the most fascinating and the most symbolic complication of all, featuring an attractive moon phase indication at 6 o’clock with a 46.5 mm-diameter case. This large moon symbolizes unique craftsmanship, with a mobile mask gradually uncovering the white gold moon disc, before covering it up again, reproducing the natural interplay of the earth and the sun in relation to the moon.
The Piaget Altiplano
This collection is of a simple design that goes well with any outfit, as reported by luxury watch collectors. It’s one of the ultra-thin watch movements Piaget created with the Altiplano 900P being the world’s thinnest hand-wound mechanical watch. It has a closed case-back in 18K white gold and a black leather strap with a ardillon buckle in 18K white gold as well.
Piaget price range
You can get Piaget watch starting from around $2,500.
At the same time, you can own one for almost $20,000.