Buy certified pre-owned Piaget Altiplano watches
company is one of the most prestigious manufacturers in the watchmaking industry. Since it was founded in 1874, high-precision movements have been the basis for the company's success. In the second half of the 20th century, Piaget then laid the foundations for its popularity among luxury watchmakers by establishing its own watch collections. If you choose to buy a Piaget Altiplano
, you are opting for one of the most elegant and progressive watch series available.
Technical and visual details of the Altiplano
Naturally, the first thing you notice is the flat appearance of the Altiplano
. Due to the ultra-thin profile, it’s to imagine that there is a consummate mechanical movement
inside the Altiplano Manufacture calibres such as the Piaget 838P
provide the Altiplano with a power reserve of up to 65 hours by running at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per minute. All of this at a height of just 2.5 mm. In vintage versions of the Piaget Altiplano
from the 1960s, the 12P automatic calibre
even featured a movement measuring just 2.3 mm in height
Piaget also showcases various complications
in its Altiplano models
, including totalisers for the small seconds, the elapsed minutes and hours when tracking time and the date function. The diameters of the cases range from 38 mm to 40 mm. The dial is framed by bezel which has been crafted as part of the main case body, thus creating a well-proportioned and overall appearance. The Altiplano models consist almost exclusively of precious metals such as yellow gold, white gold or rose gold
and are sometimes decorated with diamonds or special dial motifs.
How much does a pre-owned Piaget Altiplano cost?
For over 60 years, Piaget has been producing ultra-thin watches
and has continuously developed the timepieces in the Altiplano series
. With this wide range of models on offer, anyone looking to invest in an Altiplano will find the right model for them – whether new, pre-owned or vintage.
- The Altiplano (Ref. G0A31114) is the successor of a vintage model of the series. It has a no-frills dial design with baton hands and bar indices. The case is made of yellow gold and can be purchased with different coloured leather straps. The model is powered by the manufacture calibre 430P, a hand-wound movement with a 43-hour power reserve. This particular Alitplano model will cost you €10,100.
- Acquire a classy anniversary edition of the Altiplano series with the Altiplano (Ref. G0A36508) model. This traditional style watch has a hand-wound calibre and is made of precious white gold. With an elegant black leather strap, this model is the ideal companion for celebratory occasions. This anniversary edition Altiplano costs €8,810.
- The Altiplano (Ref. G0A38132) is a particularly special timepiece. Building on the success and the record set by its 1200P calibre, Piaget launched the 1200S, which has a height of just 5.34 mm, making it the world's thinnest skeletonised automatic watch. The case of this little gem is made of rose gold and has a diameter of 38 mm.
- The graceful appearance of the Altiplano watches makes this series especially suitable for both men and women. However, with the Altiplano (Ref. G0A43173), Piaget highlights the feminine side of the series once more. A diamond-embellished bezel and a natural ruby dial lend the watch an incomparably luxurious touch and its alternating red and violet colour palette make this model a truly special, fashionable statement.
The success story behind the Piaget Altiplano
The series has been called the Altiplano
since 1998, so for a little over 20 years. However, the trend of making flat watches and even flatter manufacture calibres has been evident at Piaget since the end of the 1950s. In 1957, the manufacturer from La Côte-aux-Fées in the Jura mountains in Switzerland presented its hand-wound 9P movement
at Baselworld. Only three years later, the world's thinnest automatic movement
was released with the calibre 12P
. With this development Piaget laid the foundations for the Altiplano as it’s known today. The creative diversity with which Piaget presents the individual Altiplano models is worthy of a special mention. The range extends from elegant dress watches to experimental colour and material combinations.
The basic concept of the flat watch with a large dial is similar to a blank canvas in that it constantly encourages new works of art to be created. These artistic possibilities were recognised by artists such as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí
, who created their own series
for the Piaget or had collections named after them
The Altiplano in the spotlight
He is considered one of the most important producers of modern day music and has already won several Grammys and an Oscar for his songs: Mark Ronson
. Two different models of the Piaget Altiplano
play an important role in the music video for his single “Bang Bang Bang”. In the video, Ronson is first seen as a studio guest on a talk show. He wears a white suit and a matching Piaget Altiplano with a white dial
. The host then asks him to perform new music he has been working on. As if in Japanese anime and video games Ronson transforms into the mastermind of electronic music. With this change comes a change in the Altiplano model which now has a black dial that looks similar to a vinyl record. Both Piaget models symbolise the versatility of the multitalented English star.
Discover these other series from Piaget
- Because of its effortless aura of elegance and understatement, Piaget has always been one of the favourite watch brands of celebrities and high society. As an organiser of major polo tournaments, the brand have also substantiated this claim. In the sporty Polo Series Piaget pays homage to this spirit and expresses this through refined dial decorations.
- The long-standing tradition of the manufacturer means that there are a wide variety of Piaget vintage watch models for you to choose from. Piaget have always understood how to add creative flair to the classic watchmaking styles they focus on, creating attractive models that are both high quality and noble.
- The 90s marked a time between classic and new styles. With the Protocol Series Piaget has captured that very spirit. Rectangular, fluted watch cases in yellow gold with classic leather straps give the Protocol watches a futuristic avant-garde feel.
- In contrast, the Upstream Collection from Piaget offers something entirely different. Here stainless steel and functionality characterise the appearance of the watches. The mosaic-like structure of the bracelets still allows Piaget's inventiveness to shine through though. The watch models are available as a chronograph or as a classic three-hand model.