Almost 20 exclusive proprietary movements have thus been created within a decade as part of the ambitious development programme of the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget – a feat to which even the most dynamic watch Manufactures cannot lay claim.
All the mechanical timepieces by Piaget house a proprietary movement and their proportion within the global range is constantly increasing. Testifying to patiently acquired expertise and representing authentic symbols of fine watchmaking, mechanical calibres currently equip virtually all men’s watches and a steadily growing number of models in Piaget’s ladies’ collections.
For the company based in both La Côte-aux-Fées and Geneva – a site that has just been newly extended – complete mastery of the conception and production of the mechanical movements that power its timepieces is thus a genuine reality. But the House has also consistently distinguished itself by its mastery of the art of jewellery-making. United under a single roof, these two fields of expertise provide a guarantee of intense creativity – of which 2009 will provide another spectacular demonstration.
The Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget is in particular unveiling one new mechanical complication movement designed, developed and produced in-house, Calibres 860P (large moon phase) that power the new Piaget Emperador coussin model.
This poetic complication beats to the rhythm of the new Calibre 860P, a self-winding movement designed, developed and produced by the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget. In addition to its approximately 72-hour power reserve, it features Piaget’s signature finishes such as circular Côtes de Genève motifs, a circular-grained mainplate, bevelled bridges, and blued screws. Available in 18-carat white or pink gold, the case of this Piaget Emperador coussin moon phase model is fitted with a sapphire crystal case-back serving to admire the movement finishing. Each model bears an indication, engraved beneath the case, of the year of production and the number of watches produced.