This year, if you judge by sheer lack of size, Piaget won the round with the world’s thinnest hand-wound mechanical watch. But the comparison is not always apples to apples, and Bvlgari landed a dazzling combination of its own by pairing a one-two punch of high complications within wafer-thin proportions. Here, the skinny on the brands’ latest rounds of downsizing.
Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept
Price: Upon request
Case thickness: 2mm
Thinner than: A strand of spaghetti
Movement thickness: 2mm
Case diameter: 41mm
Power reserve: 40 hours
When Piaget debuted its two millimetre thick Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch in 2018, it was so slim it looked like something that might come in handy for picking a lock. (See for yourself: if you combine just 50 of this magazine’s pages, you’ll get a sense of its barely there proportions.) Many assumed the concept could never make it into production, but this year the house proved the doubters wrong by offering the time-only watch in series production.
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