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Just in time for the start of the 1980s, Piaget
presented the watch series that essentially defined the decade and was one of the most popular accessories
that helped shape the style in that period. Thirty years later, the company has reinterpreted the Piaget Polo
in response to the changing, but no less modest demands of its customers.
Appearance and technology of the Polo from Piaget
The evolution of a luxury watch
Since its launch in 1979, the evolution of the Piaget Polo
can be roughly divided into three main categories. The design concept of the first models was based on the bracelet should be integrated into the case. Thanks to this homogeneous design
, the first models in the Polo collection almost had the character of an elegant bracelet rather than that of a classic wristwatch. These Piaget Polo models
consisted entirely of 18-carat yellow gold and were finished with gadrooning, a type of ornamental decorative pattern. After the initial success of the Polo series
, the company decided to make the models more conventional
again. The angular form gave way to a round watch case
, while the integrated structure of the bracelet was retained, thus establishing the link between the first and second generation models. A completely new approach was then taken for the relaunch of the series. By merging the previous designs, the Polo S collection
cushion-shaped case but with a dial set in an angular bezel. The choice of material used was also new. The Polo S convinces with its contemporary design in stainless steel and a tasteful interplay of satin-finished and polished components.
Long before its iconic Polo collection
, Piaget had already made a name for themselves through their technical expertise, which resulted in some of the world's slimmest movements
. A new quartz movement
, the calibre 8P
, had an astonishing height of just 1.95 mm. It was the congenial technical partner of the first Polo watches. However, for the Polo S
Piaget employs its own automatic movements
. The 1110P and 1160P movements transform the former jewel of the crown into a reliable chronograph collection, in which some models even have a tourbillon and flyback function. The corresponding calibres here are the 880P or the 882P. This finesse is also reflected in the dimensions of the Polo and Polo S watches
. Ranging from 25 mm to 42 mm
, the models can also be worn comfortably on narrower wrists and tick all the right boxes for day-to-day wear with their classy understated style.
How much does a Piaget Polo cost?
The new collection of Piaget's classic, the Polo S
, is aimed at watch lovers who are at the start of their luxury watch journey. Nevertheless, you can still end up investing well over €10,000 for a Polo S model. Those looking to start off with something a little cheaper should consider buying a certified pre-owned Piaget Polo
The Polo Ref. G0A26032 is a sure fire way to make an impression. The indices and bezel are adorned with diamonds, while the case and bracelet are in classic yellow gold. This 2004 watch is in a very good condition and can be purchased secondhand for €16,170.
- Take a trip back in time with the Polo (Ref. 8131 C701) and discover the history of the Polo. The highlight of this noble luxury watch is the onyx dial, which combines perfectly with the warmth of the yellow gold case and bracelet. You can buy this Polo secondhand from €5,796.
- Show your colours with the Polos S (Ref. G0A44001). The enchanting emerald green guilloché dial is accompanied by a matching green alligator leather strap. Don’t hang around if you are considering investing in this Polo S as this is a limited edition style with just 500 pieces made. Piaget have set the price for this model at €9,650.
- Sportiness and elegance seamlessly combine in the G0A42005 chronograph model. The stainless steel watch features a well-balanced grey-silver dial with a minutes totaliser at 3, a date aperture at 6 and a central seconds totaliser at 9 o'clock. The 1160P self-winding movement provides this Piaget watch with a 50-hour power reserve and can be seen through a transparent case back. The price of this Piaget Polo S is €14,600 according to the manufacturer.
- Even after its relaunch, the Polo S doesn’t dispute the outstanding qualities of a precious metal case, with the warm blue of the leather strap enhancing the classy rose gold of the case. This model also runs on an automatic calibre (1110P) and has a trapezium-shaped date window at 6 o'clock. The stunning G0A43010 costs €23,800 according to the list price.
- Even sportier still is the Polo FortyFive. In addition to an unquestionably sporty design, this model features a chronograph with flyback function, a futuristic date display, a second time zone, an automatic calibre and a rubber strap. For a pre-owned model in this series you should budget from €9,000 and €12.000.
The success story of the Polo
In 1979, a new member joined the Piaget watch family: the Polo
. The mastermind and godfather of the new model was Yves G. Piaget
, the fourth generation of the Piaget’s to continue the family tradition of watchmaking.
The model was the answer to news demands that the company felt were coming from the American market in particular. The time was up for watches that purely served the purpose of precise timekeeping. The market was now calling for models that combined sportiness and luxury
. Similar to the way social practices had been challenged and changed since the early 70s, the traditional art of watchmaking had to now adapt as well. Piaget's answer to these requirements was not just another fine timepiece. The result was in fact a piece of jewellery. A precious jewel by which the people of a certain ilk could recognise themselves. Thanks to Maison Piaget's expertise
in jewellery and watchmaking
, it wasn’t long before the solution was found. But now Piaget had to find the right name as well. Yves G. Piaget finally came up with the right solution thanks to the sport, which united the sophisticated public that Piaget wanted to target with this new model. Polo, an exclusive and challenging sport, perfectly matched the aura that the Swiss watch brand wanted to surround their new collection. But despite its exclusivity, the appearance of the Piaget Polo was by no means intended for this select circle alone. Yves G. Piaget chose the World Polo Championship in Palm Beach
and the wrist of Ursula Andress
, the first and probably most popular Bond girl, to officially mark the launch of the brand’s new series. The Piaget Polo series
was a resounding success
. Just a few years later, Piaget generated a third of its turnover from the sale of Polo models alone. Piaget have to be applauded for the fact that they didn’t rest on their laurels following the success of the first generation Polo models. The series was constantly developed further and caused a stir at the relaunch in 2016 when a completely new concept was presented. It is therefore unsurprising that Piaget have once again set new standards for luxury timepieces that are bursting with dynamism and elegance
Icons in their own right: a Bond Girl with the Polo
Her appearance in Dr. No is still legendary. Ursula Andress
emerges from the water like the goddess Venus and walks on to the beach of the mysterious island of Crab Key. There she meets James Bond as played by Sean Connery, who is on the hunt for Dr. No. The film marked the beginning of a movie stellar career for both Andress and Connery. In 1980, Andress agreed to act as an ambassador and spokesperson for the new Piaget Polo series
Other interesting series from Piaget
If the elegance
of the Polo series
appeals to you, you might also be interested in these series from the Swiss watch brand:
- The Altiplano Series represents another of Piaget's specialties. The company earned its first laurels for producing some of the world's slimmest movements. With an Altiplano model, you wear a part of this heritage.
- If you like the design of the Polo, then the Piaget Emperador will likely appeal to you as well. Inside the elegantly shaped case you will find a complex movement which you can even see working away on certain models thanks to the skeletonised dial.
- Piaget aren’t just renowned for their exceptional movements, but also for their creative jewellery. These two worlds collide to great effect in the Possession Series. The resulting watches shine brightly thanks to a range of fashionable colours and a variety of precious stones.
- In addition, the vintage models from Piaget are always worth checking out. The seemingly inexhaustible variety of designs are combined with the rich history of this traditional Swiss manufactory.
- If you are looking for luxury watches with extraordinary shapes, then you should check out the Protocol Collection, which also has women’s versions under the name Miss Protocole. The rectangular shape is complemented by precious materials such as gold and diamonds that Piaget are so well-known for.