Established in 1874 by Georges-Édouard Piaget in the Swiss Jura mountains, Maison Piaget has enjoyed over 140 years of producing fine timepieces. Beginning with movement manufacturing then eventually graduating to complete luxury watches, Piaget has been the go-to brand for royalty, celebrities, and tastemakers for decades. Particularly renowned for high jewelry watches for women and slim watches for men, Piaget has been behind some groundbreaking innovations in both watchmaking and jewelry making. Make no mistake, Piaget is a serious watch manufacture.
Today, Piaget continues its legacy by emphasizing two very distinct sides in their men’s watch offering. There’s the elegant Altiplano watch collection and the sporty Polo watch collection. Let’s find out more.
The Piaget Altiplano
Few men’s watches offer the simplicity, elegance, and technical mastery of the Piaget Altiplano. In 1957, Piaget unveiled the ultra-thin hand-wound 9P movement and followed that up with the ultra-thin automatic 12P movement in 1960. Since then, Piaget has focused on ultra slim watches and in 1998, the Altiplano name was given to Piaget’s collection of ultra-thin elegant timepieces.
There are many different models of the Piaget Altiplano men’s dress watch, yet they all feature a minimalistic design with round cases and clean dials. In general, the faces of the Altiplano watches are very subtly adorned, ranging from ones with only hour and minute hands to some with running seconds registers to some with a discreet date window. There are however some skeletonized versions that give us a view of the movement within, in addition to Altiplano chronographs.
There are manual-wound and automatic versions of the Piaget Altiplano watch for men, all powered by their incredible in-house manufacture movements.
The Piaget Polo S
Polo is a sport that Piaget is very closely associated with and to underline the Maison’s commitment to the “Sport of Kings,” the brand introduced the yellow gold Piaget Polo watch in 1979 destined for the jet set crowd.
Today, the updated version of Piaget’s luxury sports watch is the Piaget Polo S collection. These contemporary watches feature 42mm cushion-shaped cases in stainless steel, along with clear legible dials in black, silver, or blue.
The current Piaget Polo S collection includes time and date models and well as chronograph versions. There are metal bracelets and leather straps to choose from, as well as steel bezels or black ADLC-treated bezels. A particularly appealing edition is the limited edition Piaget Polo S ref. G0A42001 with a black dial, black bezel, and black leather strap.
The Piaget Polo S men’s watches run on in-house automatic mechanical movements.