The Salon Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is the world’s largest and most prestigious watch show. The Salon will take place, from January 17th to 21st in Geneva, Switzerland. The show will see nineteen of the world’s greatest luxury brands unveil their newest watches. It is perhaps the biggest event for the watch industry and the luxury brands are geared up to present their best and the latest at the show.
In advance of SIHH 2011, Swiss watchmaker and jeweler Piaget has released new automatic watch, Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Ultra-Thin, which combines three years of research and development work and currently holds the title of the thinnest self-winding timepiece with a tourbillon escapement.
The watch is presented in a signature 46.5 mm wide and 10.4 mm thin cushion-shaped case made either of 18-carat rose or white gold. The movement powering this record-setting tourbillon is Piaget’s own caliber 1270P ultra-thin mechanical self-winding tourbillon movement, which itself is only 5.35mm thick. The time is displayed off center, as both the tourbillon and the micro-rotor are on the front of the dial, both perfectly visible through the laser engraved sapphire glass. What is most impressive is that the entire tourbillon cage weighs only .2 grams (it’s titanium) and the whole carriage is only 2.8mm thick.
Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Ultra-Thin is finished to an exacting standard featuring circular Cotes de Geneve, sunburst satin- brushed guilloche mainplate; sunburst, bevelled and hand-drawn bridges; circular satin-brushed wheels; sunburst satin-brushed barrel cover; blued screws; gold guilloche oscillating weight engraved with Piaget coat-of-arms, polished P on the tourbillon carriage, and hand-bevelled carriage arms.