Piaget is known for exceptional watches and their first-ever collector’s piece is no exception. The only downside for us here in Down Under, is that this is a China exclusive. However, of the 21 pieces, just one is available outside of China, but again, there’s a catch. The watch, number 00, will go on tour across Asia before settling in Hong Kong for auction on November 28.
This watch is a collaboration with Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, which is the watch department at Phillips auction house. These guys aren’t pushovers either as in 2021 the auction house earned more from watch sales than any other auction house in history. So if you want a piece with some serious clout, this is it.
While the China Special has its own character, it is still undeniably an Altiplano. You’ve still elements like the sub-dial at 4 o’clock (with an added North Star), but there are differences like the date window being moved to 9 o’clock. But most importantly for an Altiplano, it’s still very thin measuring at just 6.36mm in thickness thanks in large part to the ultra-thin in-house 1205P calibre with a 44-hour power reserve.
The aesthetics have been inspired by the world’s highest plateau, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, also known as the “roof of the world.” The plateau spans parts of China, India, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Bhutan. It’s 970,000 square miles, so yeah, it’s pretty big (think of how many football fields that could fit!).
The green dial has been lacquered in three layers with a subtle gradient effect that evokes vast grasslands blowing in the wind. If you’re into the whole green dial trend, then this should certainly catch your eye. It doesn’t even look like a pure green, more like a sage or something like that. Needless to say, this looks gorgeous.
On the caseback you’ll find an engraved sapphire-crystal caseback that reads both “Piaget” and “Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo.” Also visible is the off-centred oscillating weight in pink gold.
The auction will take place on November 28 with an estimated price of $32,000 USD (~$49,800 AUD).
At A Glance
Case: 18K White Gold
Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1205P, 27 jewels
Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Piaget pin buckle
Water Resistance: 30M
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