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Ok let's be truthful, what do you learn about Piaget? The only Piaget you most likely know, held up by a man you almost certainly never (only kidding Steve!)" rel="lightbox44" target="_blank">The only Piaget you most likely know, held up by a man you almost certainly don't (only kidding Steve!)
Guaranteed, they have been (a minimum of up right until a few of yrs back) the makers of your world's thinnest mechanical view, but what else…?
It seems, to me at the least, that for this kind of huge model (owned from the even much larger Richemont team)? Piaget? hasn't truly got male pulses racing over listed here in the Uk (very well, not mine anyway). Granted they may have a abundant heritage and they are among the couple in-house motion companies nevertheless, with the apparent exception of your Altiplano, they do not seem to be particular renowned for just about anything.
Going to the Source (Kind Of)
I used to be positive there have to be additional for the story and was firm to discover for myself and so when one among the staff customers within the Piaget boutique in London's distinctive Harrods Division Retailer contacted me by means of LinkedIn, I knew this was my chance. With my curiosity piqued I immediately organized for my trusty sidekick and photographer - Adam Priscak - and i to visit the boutique at Knightsbridge and devote a while chatting by some highlights of the present assortment with Piaget's Steven Wu and Romain Giovannetti.
Correctly, the pocket sq. shouldn't be exactly the same since the shirt or tie. I digress
A fast facet note for those who may not have experienced the chance to go to one among London's most legendary procuring precincts in advance of; Harrods is opulence amplified. If you're from London like me then you definitely in some cases get it with no consideration, even so the department retail store slap bang in the middle of primary genuine estate Knightsbridge can be a luxurious desired destination in its own appropriate. In case you are ever inside the vicinity it really is a necessity visit.
The Piaget? boutique occupies the house involving De Beers and Chopard, from the entrance for the 'Room of Wonders'. The moment we step inside of we're greeted from the impeccably dressed Steven who displays us to our seats. Steven moved to? Piaget from Breitling at DM London less than a calendar year back, and i was pretty impressed with both his understanding of replica watches (not just Piaget) as well as his demeanor. It is quite simple to have caught up in buzz-word mumbo jumbo when talking to sales folks symbolizing a model, so conversing having a 'regular' person was a welcome alter.
As I mentioned previously,? Piaget? hasn't a short while ago been recognized for much more compared to the Altiplano and some other higher jewelry lines but which might be all about to transform.
Present Stealers
The first replica watch introduced to us (along with the one that actually caught my attention) was the? Polo Tourbillon Relatif.
Power Fist wristshot in the Tourbillon Relatif
For a brand name synonymous with slim replica watches, it is really no surprise to learn that this is the thinnest automatic flying carousel tourbillon movement made by any brand to date. Still, that doesn't make the achievement of this seemingly impossible feat any considerably less impressive.
Within the flesh the check out is extremely eye catching having a deep set dial allowing the tourbillon mounted to the end of your minute hand to rotate around the dial freely. The hours are indicated by a smaller arrow on the middle raised disc. The piece reminded me from the Cartier Astrotourbillon (Cartier is also a Richemont owned model), although the Piaget trumps it in terms of motion depth and the fact that it can be an automatic! Housed in 18k white gold, it is a limited production (but not a limited edition) piece retailing at an eye-watering? ?230,000!!
Top down view
Admittedly it can be an extraordinary amount of money to pay and whether it will hold anything close to that value is anyone's guess. That being said I think it is probably fair to say that the piece will continue for being classified as an 'Important' observe - for the foreseeable future no less than - due towards the fact that it is actually currently the world's thinnest automatic tourbillon but does that mean that it will fare effectively amongst collectors? Well, that's for the auction results from Christies and Antiquorum to decide when a piece is traded one day. Till then my individual conclusion is that I am glad to finally see a higher complication piece from the model that may actually stir some new interest in it.
Another piece that caught my eye was the Emperador Coussin, this time in rose gold that has a pretty nicely displayed moon phase complication.
Blue, grey, gold The Emperador Coussin Moonphase
I'm a sucker for aesthetics, so a massive textured lunar display aperture is suitable up my alley! I have got a thing for this type of bluey grey dial and cushion shaped rose gold case, most likely in no small part due to its resemblance on the iconic Genta designed Patek Philippe Nautilus. That's not a bad thing in my eyes, and it could perfectly be a good ongoing line for? Piaget? should the new Emperador Tourbillon live up to its billing once it is really officially available later this yr. The look is perfect for formal or even business casual wear, and that i can picture it now at the cuff end of a Madison Bespoke suit.
Cuffed up
It really is also available as a Perpetual Calendar, though I found the dial way too busy tbh
wtf how am I supposed to read that! The Emperador Coussin Perpetual Calendar in white gold
The Final Word
So, where to now for Piaget? The brand is somewhat of an anomaly from the sense that it has these an extensive record and is backed by a luxurious powerhouse in Richemont, and nonetheless still struggles to attract significant interest in a crowded market…on western shores at the very least. The brand name is very popular inside the Far East, possibly due to its slightly slimmer and a lot more classic lead design. Then again I did hear the other day that Franck Muller is the number 1 view model in Japan, so what the heck do I know!?
Still, if their recent offerings are anything to go by Piaget may perhaps just be able? to raise its profile up to your enviable level of sister brands Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cartier, at the very least in terms of recognizability and ranking on the invisible 'Worldwide Luxury Index' (recent number 1 position held by either Rolex or Louis Vuitton, depending on who you speak to). Call it innovation, evolution or just some nonsense written by a young(ish) blogger from London, I am just hoping things continue in the exact vein. Remember, competition is good for progression…I think someone wise somewhere might have said.
A special thanks to Steven Wu and Romain Giovannetti for hosting us, and for all those who would like to see extra from Piaget please pay a visit to their official website:piaget. com
Fin
Look Book? Itinerary: Steven Wu Wears
Black DB Jacket and suit - David Morris Anthony Sinclair Tailors, London
Shirt - TM Lewin
Tie - Drakes
Pocket Hanky - Hawkes Curtis, London Blue SB suit - Reiss, London
Shirt - Zara
Cravatte and pocket hanky - David Morris Anthony Sinclair Tailors, London Romain Giovannetti wears
Prince of Wales check blazer, tie and cufflinks - Louis Vuitton
Shirt - Thomas Pink The only real Piaget you almost certainly know, held up by a man you probably will not (only kidding Steve!) Appropriately, the pocket square shouldn't be the exact same as the shirt or tie. I digress Power Fist wristshot in the Tourbillon Relatif Top down view Blue, grey, gold The Emperador Coussin Moonphase Cuffed up wtf how am I supposed to read that! The Emperador Coussin Perpetual Calendar in white gold Fin Economical Classic: Seiko 6105 - Worn Wound
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