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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 69

    Piaget. A very fine and large 18K pink gold cushion-shaped semi-skeletonised ultra thin automatic tourbillon wristwatch with power reserve and box


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    Piaget. A very fine and large 18K pink gold cushion-shaped semi-skeletonised ultra thin automatic tourbillon wristwatch with power reserve and box
    Signed Piaget, Emperador Ultra Thin Automatic Tourbillon model, ref. P10753, case nos. 33 and 1'094'777, circa 2013
    MOVEMENT: automatic, ultra thin cal. 1270P, 35 jewels, platinum rotor, fan-shaped sector for power reserve on the plate
    DIAL: semi-skeletonised with aperture for the one minute tourbillon carriage, applied dagger numerals, off-centre aperture revealing the rotor
    CASE: 18K pink gold large cushion-shaped, back secured by six screws with glazed fan-form sector revealing the power reserve, 46.5 mm. wide
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BUCKLE: 18K pink gold Piaget deployant clasp
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Piaget blank Warranty Certificate, Instructions for use, wooden presentation box and outer packaging

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    Consigned by its original owner, an important private collector, the present “Emperador Tourbillon” is preserved in excellent overall condition.

    The Emperador Tourbillon is the very expression of everything that Piaget carries in its genes: a unique expertise in the field of the ultra-thin movement, linked to a desire to develop calibers with complications that are ever more innovative and creative. Drawing the inspiration for its features both from the Piaget 600P caliber – the thinnest hand-wound shaped tourbillon movement in the world – and from the Piaget 1208P caliber – the thinnest automatic movement in the world equipped with a micro-rotor – the Piaget 1270P caliber, Piaget’s first ultra-thin automatic tourbillon movement with a thickness of just 5.55 mm, offers innovations that are both technical and esthetic. In fact, the new Piaget Emperador cushion-shaped tourbillon automatic watch has the thinnest profile on the market, the depth of its case being only 10.4 mm. It thus forms part of the long tradition of major advances and innovations through which Piaget has made its enduring mark on the history of fine watchmaking.

    The Emperador Tourbillon is part of Piaget’s “Black Tie” collection, embodying a splendid alliance between masculine elegance, precision and enshrining the philosophy of excellence upheld by Piaget.

    1270P exceptional ultra-thin automatic movement
    Calibre 1270P is inspired by two of Piaget’s iconic movements. Its flying carriage stems from the world’s thinnest mechanical tourbillon hand-wound movement, Calibre 600P ; while the off-centered micro-rotor echoes that the world’s thinnest self-winding movement, Calibre 1200P. This blend of expertise gives rise to a daring and contemporary horological creation.

    Overturning the classic codes of Fine Watchmaking, the 12070P movement reveals the most fascinating mechanical components: the bridges, oscillating weight, tourbillon carriage and going-train. The gold off-centered micro-rotor and the tourbillon carriage entwine to form a figure 8, while the hand-fitting perfects the overall aesthetic equilibrium at 5 o’clock. In an ultimate touch of refinement, the case-back features two openings: one to display the power reserve, and the other to reveal the back of the tourbillon carriage. The Piaget Emperador cushion-shaped tourbillon automatic watch features one of the world’s thinnest cases in its category.

    The Emperador Tourbillon and movement cal. 1270 are prominently illustrated in Piaget, Watchmakers and Jewellers since 1874, Editions de La Martinière, pp. 160 & 161.

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