Piaget will be unveiling a new watch model, Emperador coussin large moon at SIHH 2009,Geneve. The Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget has once again chosen to dedicate the new year to the theme of mechanical complications. In doing so, it is pursuing the significant efforts undertaken for over a decade in developing and perfecting a complete range of reliable and efficient complicated movements.
Almost 20 exclusive proprietary movements have thus been created within a decade as part of the ambitious development programme of the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget – a feat to which even the most dynamic watch Manufactures cannot lay claim.
All the mechanical timepieces by Piaget house a proprietary movement and their proportion within the global range is constantly increasing. Testifying to patiently acquired expertise and representing authentic symbols of fine watchmaking, mechanical calibres currently equip virtually all men’s watches and a steadily growing number of models in Piaget’s ladies’ collections.
For the company based in both La Côte-aux-Fées and Geneva – a site that has just been newly extended – complete mastery of the conception and production of the mechanical movements that power its timepieces is thus a genuine reality. But the House has also consistently distinguished itself by its mastery of the art of jewellery-making.
United under a single roof, these two fields of expertise provide a guarantee of intense creativity – of which 2009 will provide another spectacular demonstration.The Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget is in particular unveiling one new mechanical complication movement designed, developed and produced in-house, Calibres 860P (large moon phase) that power the new Piaget Emperador coussin model.
Piaget Emperador coussin large moon
The moon phase is one of the most symbolic and most fascinating complications of all, to which the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget now pays tribute by introducing the Piaget Emperador coussin large moon. This model is a paragon of purity and understatement, featuring a generous 46.5 mm-diameter case with an original and attractive moon-phase display at 6 o’clock.
With its broad opening measuring 12 mm in diameter, this large moon reveals a wealth of subtle craftsmanship exercised on a heated gold plate featuring reflections symbolising moon craters. The moon-phase indication is provided by a mobile mask that gradually uncovers the white gold moon disc, before covering it up again.
This display principle reproduces the natural interplay of the sun and the earth in relation to the moon.This poetic complication beats to the rhythm of the new Calibre 860P, a self-winding movement designed, developed and produced by the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget.
In addition to its approximately 72-hour power reserve, it features Piaget’s signature finishes such as circular Côtes de Genève motifs, a circular-grained mainplate, bevelled bridges, and blued screws.
Available in 18-carat white or pink gold, the case of this Piaget Emperador coussin moon phase model is fitted with a sapphire crystal case-back serving to admire the movement finishing. Each model bears an indication, engraved beneath the case, of the year of production and the number of watches produced.
Model XL, Ref G0A34021
- 18-carat white gold case
- Slate-grey dial, 18-carat white gold applied hour-markers, sunburst satin-brushed silver-coloured centre, large 18-carat white gold moon at 6 o’clock
- Sapphire crystal case-back
- Manufacture Piaget 860P mechanical self-winding movement
- Movement thickness: 6.1 mm
- Number of jewels: 25
- Cadence: 21,600 vph
- Approximately 72-hour power reserve
- Finishing: circular Côtes de Genève, circular-grained mainplate, bevelled bridges , balance with screws, blued screws
- 18-carat white gold folding clasp
- Black alligator leather strap