Race to Thin
Introduced in 1957, Piaget’s Altiplano collection, which takes its name from South America’s highest plateau, was heralded for its ultrathin movement, a 2 mm marvel known as 9P. For Altiplano’s 60th anniversary, the watchmaker has created a bevy of slender wristwatches—including a number of boutique and limited editions—that evoke the model’s midcentury heyday. From a rainbow of unisex pieces with vibrant patinated dials in graded shades of blue, green, and pink, to a high-jewelry version featuring a tourbillon, to two feminine watches with opal and turquoise dials, the celebratory timepieces are thin in profile but thick with style.
Top: Altiplano 34 mm timepiece in 18k white gold with a pink dial and diamonds on pink alligator strap, $28,500; above: Altiplano 34 mm hard stone dial timepiece in 18k rose gold with natural opal dial and diamonds on white alligator strap, $48,000; Altiplano Tourbillon High Jewelry timepiece in 41 mm 18k white gold case with hand-guilloché gold and enamel dial and diamonds on black alligator strap, $192,000; Piaget; 877-8-PIAGET; piaget.com
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The Panthère de Cartier collection of timepieces reigned as Cartier’s sleek, feline ode to 1980s excess for 20 years until it was discontinued in 2003. This year, the icon is back—but it’s not all about extravagance. Available in two sizes and nine different metals and/or finish combinations, the collection includes a small model in steel priced at $4,000, a new entry for the brand.
Panthère de Cartier small timepiece in stainless steel, $4,000, cartier.com