Piaget Ultrathin Watches-watchmaking Pursuit Keeping Pace With The Times

‘Thin’ has already become one of the goals of people’s pursuit of perfection, whether it is mobile phones, TVs, computers, etc. For example, the new TV that I just hard-heartedly ordered online a few days ago is also advertised thickness Less than 20mm, as well as the Apple Air computer I am using at the moment, are all such thin requirements. The desire for ‘thin’ has also become the direction of efforts in various fields, and also an important reason for its progress.

Imagine that it is ‘anti-natural’ and not easy to stuff such a complex and functional thing in such a thin space, at least to the extent that our human eyes can discern it. The achievement of such results is the result of the continuous accumulation and breakthrough of human beings in science, technology and technology. Then, if we want to trace back from when humans began to present this complex and comprehensive technology in this narrow space, we cannot ignore the category of watch manufacturing. Two centuries ago, watch brands in the Jurassic Mountains and elsewhere in Switzerland have begun to continuously install sophisticated mechanical devices that are both complex and have different functions, but also integrate technology and aesthetics into pocket watches or It is the small case of the watch, which also makes the watchmaking industry one of the founding representatives of mankind in pursuit of complexity, beauty, refinement and thinness.

In the field of pursuing ‘ultra-thin’, in my knowledge, Earl of Piaget can be regarded as one of the brands that should not be let down. This watch brand established by Georges-Edouard Piaget in the quiet town of La Côte-aux-Fées in the Jurassic Mountains in 1874 is constantly pursuing the Kind of possibility. In the year 1957, the former Soviet Union sent the first artificial satellite into space, setting off human exploration and pursuit of the vast universe. In the same year, Piaget introduced a 9p ultra-thin manual winding movement with a thickness of only 2mm. The world of ultra-thin micromechanics opens up new exploration. The introduction of this movement set a world record at the time. In such a small space, the escapement structure, wheel train and power unit that maintain the watch’s operation were stuffed. It was a complicated and headache to imagine. What’s more, it must ensure the smooth and normal operation of the movement, and take into account the manual chamfering and polishing of various watch movements. Therefore, the advent of the 9p movement has also redefined the meaning of the so-called ‘ultra-thin’ in the watch industry and other industries.

The pursuit of ‘ultra-thin’ has become the goal of all modern industry efforts, and Piaget started the watch industry’s pursuit of this field with the 9p movement in the category of clocks. There is no thinnest, only thinner. In a very limited assembly space, each component is incredibly thin. It is not easy to design and prepare these parts, plus assembly, adjustment, testing, polishing, etc. The time, energy and the dedicated investment of watchmakers are not inferior to the complex watches in the traditional definition. It is a complex watchmaking process in response to human modern pursuit. Or to use a more simple metaphor, we would like electronic products such as Samsung and Apple. In addition to brand and marketing reasons, there are also ‘ultra-thin’ experiences brought by these products, but in order to achieve such It is required that how much team members’ investment and accumulation of technology development are required to shrink the battery, touch screen, and complex IC hardware in such a small space.

Since the launch of the 9p movement, Piaget has been continuously working in the field of ‘ultra-thin’, continuously practicing the traditional Swiss watchmaking spirit and ultra-thin and complex watches. For more than ten years, The watchmaking workshop of La Côte-aux-Fées has launched 25 ultra-thin movements, including the world’s thinnest manual winding rectangular tourbillon movement 600P, and the world’s thinnest automatic winding. Chain movements 1200P and 1208P, as well as ultra-thin automatic chain tourbillon movement 1270p, ultra-thin perpetual calendar 855p movement, and so on, put a lot of wisdom and effort into the ultra-thin complex watch field, trying to find ultra The limits of the thin miniature world.

In 2014, just the 140th anniversary of the birth of the Earl brand, Earl launched a brand new work in the ultra-thin field, or it can be said to be a concept innovation. The Altiplano 38mm 900p manual winding watch integrates the movement and the case into a single body. The thickness of the entire watch is only 3.65 mm. The 145 parts have everything to the minimum, and the thinnest parts have the same thickness and hair. And the smallest gap between parts is only 0.03 millimeters. The concept of this number, I think, can only be designed and manufactured by the high-tech electronics industry. Otherwise, ordinary people like me, unless you use a magnifying glass to see it Imagine such a sense of space. In such a narrow space, it can still accommodate a thin clockwork, which can provide a watch with a power reserve of up to 2 days! I think these are the complexities of ‘ultra-thin’ watches. This is also Piaget’s need for ‘ultra-thin’, which is advancing with the times. After years of practice and investment, it is another surprise Right!
Next, Earl will tour in five cities: 7/17 Xi’an, 7/21 Dalian, 7/25 Chongqing, Kunming on 7/29, and 8/2 Shenzhen. ‘Thin’ is a continuous advancement in the field of modern and complex watches, and there are many record-breaking watches. If you have the opportunity to stand in front of these watches, you can imagine how they stuff such tiny and complicated things in such a thin space, then maybe you will find out what it really is An interesting and rare thing.