In the 2012 Geneva Watch Fair (SIHH), the protagonist status of the Chinese market is still distinct. 2011 was a bumper year for Swiss watchmaking. Against the backdrop of global economic instability, the performance of the Swiss watchmaking industry is quite strong. According to the latest annual report released by the Swiss watch industry, in the first 11 months of 2011, Swiss watch export quotas exceeded historical records and reached 18.6 billion US dollars.
Piaget Emperador ultra-thin minute repeater
Piaget Emperador imperial pillow-type ultra-thin automatic minute repeater sets a double-material slim record for its horological items: the thickness of the movement is 4.8 mm, and the thickness of the case is 9.4 mm. This uniquely limited watch is based on the twin creations of Piaget’s top watchmaking workshops: the movement manufacturing technology specialized in the La Côte-aux-Fes workshop and the skilled case manufacturing technology of the Plan-les-Ouates factory Only then can be developed and produced by Piaget. In order for excellence and perfection to go hand in hand, the new 1290P movement inside it is also decorated with the highest specifications of hand polishing.
Emperador Emperador pillow-type ultra-thin automatic minute repeater, Piaget’s first minute repeater, is also the fourth watch with large complications developed and produced by Piaget. Piaget has developed, produced, and produced more than 35 movements by itself in a short period of 14 years, including 11 complex complication movements. Excellent and excellent craftsmanship, reflected in the famous 600P movement (the world’s thinnest rectangular manual winding tourbillon movement), 880P movement (ultra-thin automatic chronograph movement), 855P movement (ultra-thin automatic perpetual calendar Movement), and 1270P movement (ultra-thin automatic tourbillon movement). These achievements require continuous self-challenging, and at the same time attempts to push the production of ultra-thin movements to the limit, and they need to be backed by the determination to tailor their cases perfectly. This belief is, in fact, to perfectly fit the curve of the movement and the case, so that the two are closely integrated into one, as if they were integrated. Piaget’s workshop implements this philosophy on all its major complication movements, and the 1290P is naturally indifferent.
A self-made core that was developed, produced, decorated and assembled by Piaget
Looking at the large complex functions, the most difficult to produce is the minute repeater function. In order to compound the movement with an automatic winding mechanism; to give it a unique timepiece sound; to provide the thinnest movement in its functional category and a thin case that can match it; to ensure it The waterproof function reaches 30 meters; in order to be 100% self-made and not faked by others; each of the above-mentioned single challenges is assembled into the most unique components of the world’s top watch and clock, and has become the most unparalleled achievement in the realization of Piaget. . Piaget’s Watchmaking Workshop has thus won the skills of ultra-thin watchmaking in the process of making the Emperador pillow-type ultra-thin automatic minute repeater. The 1290P movement took about 3 years of development time, and 6 professional engineers invested in this task.
Based on the 1200P movement (the world’s thinnest self-winding movement), the 1290P movement has a thickness of only 4.8 mm, setting a new ultra-thin record for its functional categories, regardless of its 407 movements. Detailed components-This exciting number requires unique and sophisticated micro-mechanical engineering technology and a determination to refuse to compromise the sound quality and mechanical reliability of the time signal. This is undoubtedly a daunting feat, and every detail component of the movement needs to be carefully calculated and shaped.
The characteristics of ultra-thin movement make the production of this automatic minute repeater movement more complicated. From the initial sketch design to the final retouching process, each process requires absolute expertise in each single technology. This is a series of continuous challenges. During the process of assembly, adjustment and decoration, every step must be precise and error-free. For example, the thickness of some wheel trains is only 0.12 mm, which is comparable to the thickness of hairline 0.08 mm. Not to mention the thickness of some parts is as small as 0.07 mm! The micro-automatic disk is made of platinum to ensure the best volume with the smallest volume. Winding efficiency. Test the consciousness of the limit of the ultra-thin watchmaking technology, and lead to unique structural considerations, such as placing the hammer on the side of the bridge or reversing the lever of the watch to make it dial down to activate the timekeeping function instead Go up. The accuracy is not biased. The 1290P movement is equipped with a surprise-piece device to ensure that when the hands advance to 59 minutes, the optimal time-changing mechanism is reached, and the accurate time rhythm is tapped.
48The case with a diameter of 48mm also occupies a decisive position in technological breakthroughs. It plays an indispensable cornerstone for the sound transmission of the minute repeater. It was carved into a hollow state as much as possible to achieve the best resonance effect. Four fixed brackets firmly connect it to the movement to ensure that the vibration of the gong is optimally transmitted. And the more optimized and optimized transmission is due to the gong base, which is fixed to the movement and the outer case by 4 screws. This is not only a rare device, but also a device under the frame. Ingenious mechanism, designed to ensure the waterproof function of the watch.
Although it is composed of 69 case details, the case thickness is only 9.4 mm. The production of the world’s thinnest self-winding minute repeater watch case can only be achieved through the integration of various professional skills of Piaget’s Fine Watchmaking Workshop. Behind it is an extremely complicated equation to achieve the three goals: superb watchmaking skills, highly penetrating pure sound quality, and its aesthetic appearance, shaped like a unique interlaced bright, matte finish The surface is a symphony orchestra of the stage. It took more than 1,400 hours to make the exclusive case of the Piaget Emperador’s pillow-type ultra-thin automatic minute repeater.
The world’s rare pure sound
Technical achievements come from an ultra-thin movement with a double record and its perfectly crafted case, and its wonderful sound quality is not inferior.
Indeed, the pursuit of the world’s few sound performances has affected the shaping of the entire movement concept. Turn the lever at 9 o’clock to activate the minute repeater function. The sound is produced by the chatter when the hammer hits the gong. The hammer is made of steel to ensure optimal hardness and weight ratio. The gong is made in one piece to achieve the best vibration frequency transmission, so that the sound is transmitted from the movement to the case. In order to maintain its pure sound quality during the transmission of sound, the movement is equipped with a set of inertial speed flywheels to adjust the rhythm of the hammering from the beginning to the end of the time.
Considering that the average volume of human voice dialogue is 65 decibels, the 1290P movement has a unique timekeeping intensity, and the volume is not less than 64 decibels, which is only for pure and beautiful sound quality. When the hammer fell on the fifth octave, the pitch of the time signal increased by G, and the minute by A. Musical reverberations are lingering and lingering because of their excellent hysteresis coefficient, which is 2600-another outstanding feature, because coefficients between 2000 and 3000 are considered excellent performance.
Rather than being complacent about making a minute repeater with a clear and regular tone, the Piaget Studios has even worked hard on the performance of the melody. Despite the use of fixed gongs, Piaget succeeded in creating a richer sound with three identical harmonic components.
A polished finish comparable to a uniquely limited movement
Such a uniquely limited movement deserves a decoration that can match it. The 1290 caliber reveals an unprecedented polishing of the earl’s long history, which has been ranked as the most honorable grade: Image finishing (brand recognition polishing style), which reflects the brand’s motto ‘Always do better than required’, these decorations The texture is refined by hand, and the files are carefully polished on the movement components. It highlights its perfectly configured geometry. The 1290P movement represents the most exquisite interpretation of watch polishing. The upper and lower movements of the movement are staggered. The bridge is manually chamfered by edge contours, with a radial sun pattern or ring. Corrugated matte polishing wheels, rose gold-plated screws and automatic disks, mirror polishing: Assembling a series of considerable various polishing methods, which requires the skill of the top craftsmen to reach. Piaget Emperador pillow-type ultra-thin automatic repeater movement, the supreme level of polishing-further enhanced by the inertial speed regulating flywheel hidden in the hollow dial that represents Piaget’s pursuit of the ultimate motto-only the polishing process of 1290P movement It takes more than 70 hours.
Traditional skills meet contemporary style
Originating from the perfect harmony of tradition and modernity, the 1290 movement reveals an aesthetic insight that shows an unusual balance. On the side of the bridge, the micro-automatic dial, the regulator with the Piaget letter P inscription, the C? Tes de Genve Geneva ring ripple, and the structure of the gear train fully reflect the Piaget family’s most recognizable classic symbol. code. On the side of the main splint, the radial sunburst engraving pattern cuts the circumference into 60 equal parts, giving it a more polished style signature. This pattern has been used for the decoration of other specific movements. The sapphire crystal dial provides a wonderful view of the unique landscape and the tone of the watch under the precise execution of this unique limited movement, which strengthens the overall visual shock.
Echoing with the new large complex functions, the case reveals a carefully arranged creative structure. Under the overlapping of pillow-shaped and round lines, the identification mark of Piaget Black Tie watches is on the horizon. Uniquely defined polishing-staggered bright, matte case polishing, highlights the compoundness and contrast of the surface structure of the case, especially the extremely elegant, tailor-made watch frame. Just like Piaget and tradition, this new complication movement is also housed in a pillow-type watch that has been loaded with all Piaget-developed complication movements.
Continuously redefining the motto of ‘Always do better than required’ with creative inventions, Piaget struck the most beautiful chords between watch art, ultra-thin watchmaking, unique design aesthetics and beautiful pure sound quality. A set of sheet music sounds an excellent symphony, and only Piaget’s new Emperador emperor pillow-type ultra-thin automatic minute repeater can perform its highest sound.
Piaget Emperador Emperor Pillow Slim Automatic Minute Repeater XL
Piaget Emperador Coussin XL
Diameter: 48 mm
The world’s thinnest self-winding mechanical minute repeater movement (4.8 mm) and watch (case thickness 9.4 mm)
18K rose gold watch
Sapphire crystal dial to see the beauty of the movement
Clear sapphire crystal back case back
Brown Alligator Strap
18K Rose Gold Folding Clasp
Equipped with 1290P ultra-thin self-winding mechanical minute repeater function developed by Piaget
Function: hour and minute indication
Movement thickness: 4.8 mm
Diameter: 15 1/2 cents (34.9 x 34.9 mm)
Number of jewels: 44 stones
Movement frequency: 21,600 times per hour / 3 Hz
Power reserve: about 40 hours
Movement details: 407 pieces
Bottom movement polished: Geneva ring-shaped corrugations, hand-bridged edge contour chamfering, radial sunburst or ring-shaped corrugated matte polished wheels, rose gold-plated platinum automatic engraved with Piaget emblem, rose gold-plated Rhodium-plated polished screws and regulators are inlaid with Piaget letter P as a signature seal