The cheap fake Piaget Altiplano Skeleton is a model that was presented in 2012… Still, we didn’t have yet the opportunity to go hands-on with it. So when Piaget recently offered us the opportunity to review one of their watches, the choice of the model was a no-brainer. Simply, the Altiplano Skeleton is one of the watches that best illustrate key Piaget areas of expertise. In particular, the brand’s ability to create uniquely elegant ultra-thin watches or to turn a movement into a miniaturized piece of architecture and art.
Starting by the case, the 38 mm replica Piaget Altiplano Skeleton is loyal to the pure, slender lines of the Altiplano. At 38mm in diameter and just 5.34mm in height, its classic design combines a slender bezel, thin straight lugs and a small fluted crown. Despite the ultra-thin profile, it is water-resistant to 30m, which will give you enough peace of mind when wearing the watch on a daily basis – it’s a proper dress watch after all…
A CLASSIC WITH A MODERN TWIST
By creating a skeleton version of this icon, Piaget copy did a great job incorporating a contemporary openworked movement to create a clean, modern-looking design, in particular with interesting finishes or harmonious shapes, curves and contrasts.
As you can see, the star of the show is the skeletonized automatic movement, the Piaget 1200S calibre, one of the thinnest in the world at just 2.45mm. This in-house movement is an open-worked version of the 1200P. Running at 3Hz, this micro-rotor movement stores about 44 hours of autonomy when fully wound.
A close look at the movement reveals a sleek contemporary finish and sophisticate uses of materials. The index assembly is signed with the letter P for Piaget. Coloured in pink gold or in black, the platinum oscillating weight is engraved with the Piaget coat of arms. Bevelled and drawn by hand, the bridges and plate are decorated with a satin-brushed sunburst motif. Last but not least, time is displayed by elegant dauphine-style hands.
Two editions of the Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-Thin Automatic are available. The first one is a sleek, contemporary and discreet white gold model, with rhodium-plated movement and contrasting black elements. The second has a more luxurious feel, with its warm pink gold case and a movement coated in black.
The Swiss movement copy Piaget Altiplano skeleton is presented on an alligator leather strap with a pin buckle matching the material of the case. As you would expect, on the wrist the watch is incredibly comfortable and super enjoyable to wear. With its 38mm diameter and lithe profile, you would almost forget it. At the same time, it does have a strong wrist presence: its architectural skeleton movement is uniquely elegant. Admittedly, it is sometimes quite difficult to tell the time with to the minute precision but this is often the case for skeleton watches… and there is so much to love in that watch.