The Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget is reiterating its support for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy by taking part in Only Watch for the sixth consecutive time. The charity auction of unique pieces will take place on November 7th 2015 in Geneva. This exceptional event will be preceded by a travelling exhibition that will start at the Monaco Yacht Show from September 23rd to 26th 2015, followed by stopovers around the world.
Held every two years under the Patronage of HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Only Watch event exhibits unique watch models especially designed for the occasion by the brands taking part, of which there are 43 this year.
For this sixth edition of Only Watch, Piaget has interpreted its emblematic Altiplano 900P in a version that is unique as it is original, fitted for the very first time with red hands. Neither entirely a movement nor exactly a case – or rather both at once: the Altiplano 38 mm 900P is the world’s thinnest mechanical watch. Merging the hand-wound calibre with the case elements, it is designed as a single entity in order to achieve record-breaking slenderness at just 3.65 mm thin. A crowning achievement in over half a century of virtuoso skills displayed in the realm of ultra-thin watchmaking where Piaget reigns supreme, it conveys the excellence of the two integrated Manufactures run by the Maison. Places where the skills of the watchmakers, case constructors and designers converge in giving life to this masterpiece of reliability and precision.
Since every technical choice had an aesthetic impact, and vice versa, each of the 145 parts composing the Altiplano 38 mm 900P has been trimmed to a size sometimes barely thicker than a hair’s breadth – including some wheels measuring a mere 0.12 mm thin (compared with 0.20 mm on a classic movement)
To underscore the distinctive nature of this creation, the rim of its case-back is engraved with the inscription “Only Watch 2015 – unique piece”.
Commenting on this participation, CEO Philippe Léopold-Metzger explains: “The Altiplano 900P powerfully expresses the creativity and innovation that have defined Piaget since 1874. We have created a watch that is truly unique in terms of aesthetic and design, for which we have once again pushed our own limits. It vividly illustrates the Piaget philosophy of placing techniques in the service of design. I am delighted that we have created a one-of-a-kind version of this model for Only Watch and to support the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy.”
By donating this unique piece to the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy, Piaget is delighted to be able to contribute to research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This degenerative neuromuscular disease can be fatal. While the funds collected during the previous editions of Only Watch have already enabled scientific advances, the travelling exhibitions that precede the auction also provide an opportunity to raise awareness of this disease among the general public.
Consequently, this year, Only Watch will be stopping over in Monaco at the world’s most prestigious yacht show from September 23rd to 26th, Hong Kong from October 2nd to 5th, Beijing from October 9th to 12th, New York from October 17th to 20th and London from October 24th to 27th, before returning to Geneva from November 5th to 7th prior to the auction itself scheduled for Saturday November 7th 2015.