Not everyone likes their watches served on the rocks, and it’s evident that Piaget has been listening intently to market traits. With the return to extra compact case sizes that swing it each methods, the Piaget Polo Date 36mm sheds its diamond-set indices and returns with a deep midnight blue dial and the relaxed sporty-chic appeal that has all the time characterised this mannequin.
Yves G. Piaget, the fourth era of the Piaget dynasty, was the brainchild of the Polo. Harnessing the model’s experience in watchmaking and jewelry, the Polo was a smooth bracelet watch with a recent sporty-chic vibe. Launched in 1979, the watch’s design was a steady stream of stable sculpted gold bars that wrapped across the wrist. Fitted with Piaget’s ultra-thin quartz calibre 7P – thought-about to symbolize the peak of know-how in its day – the Polo accounted for nearly one-third of the model’s gross sales. Endorsed by celebrities of the day like Ursula Andress, Roger Moore, Andy Warhol and Bjorn Borg, the Polo epitomised the informal, laidback magnificence of equestrian occasions.
The Polo underwent a radical makeover in 2016 and resurfaced as a cushion-shaped luxurious sports activities watch that added stainless-steel to the combo for a extra informal impact. With a number of fashions – three-hand-and-date, chronograph, ultra-thin perpetual calendar, skeletonised and flamboyant excessive jewelry – the Polo reveals its versatile, multifaceted nature.
Two years in the past, Piaget introduced its most compact model of the Polo Date in a 36mm case measurement. Though the lowered case measurement was a lot applauded and positively discovered its viewers, all of the iterations of the Piaget Polo Date 36mm – till at present – featured diamond-set indices; some even flaunted diamond-set bezels and circumstances. In a transfer to make the watch much more versatile, extra suited to on a regular basis put on and tear and extra interesting to each sexes, the brand new Polo Date retains its elegant dimensions however dispenses with the diamonds.
Due to its ultra-thin automated motion, the 50m water resistant case of the Polo Date flaunts a lean peak of 8.8mm. Maybe probably the most salient characteristic of the Polo is its spherical bezel with a cushion-shaped inside framing the cushion-shaped dial. Highlighting its form and rotundity, the highest surfaces of the bezel are adorned with horizontal brushing, contrasting with the brightly polished bevels and lugs.
On the reverse aspect of the watch, you’ll be able to see the interchangeable strap system and the blue calfskin strap with folding buckle accompanying the watch.
The enticing midnight blue dial options the hallmark horizontal guilloché ridges that echo the horizontal gold bars traversing the dial and bracelet of the unique 1979 Polo. Faceted and utilized to the dial, the indices repeat the horizontal brushing featured on the bezel. The hour and minute palms are skeletonised to reveal as a lot of the dial as attainable, and the ‘P’ counterweight of the central seconds hand is openworked.
Not like Polo Date variations, there may be not a hint of lume on the indices or palms of this 36mm mannequin. One other distinction between the bigger measurement and this one is the absence of a minute monitor with numerals; the brand new 36mm, just like the diamond-set fashions, depends on a extra delicate sequence of dots to mark the minutes. The trapezoid-shaped date window at 6 o’clock is framed and has a white background with black numerals.
Piaget has the excellence of being the forerunner within the subject of ultra-slim actions with the inauguration of its 2mm manual-winding 9P calibre in 1957, adopted by the automated 12P calibre with a peak of simply 2.3mm. This experience has spawned a second era of ultra-thin automated actions, which incorporates the in-house calibre 501P1 powering this mannequin. With a thickness of simply 3.63mm, the motion beats at a frequency of 4Hz/28,800vph and delivers a 40h energy reserve for the hours, minutes, seconds and date. With blued screws on the bevelled bridges, the motion is completed with a circular-grained plate and traditional Côtes de Genève and the Piaget coat of arms on the rotor.
Availability & Worth
This clear, stone-free version of the Piaget Polo Date 36mm is an E-com Unique version, that means that it’s not accessible in boutiques and may solely be ordered on Piaget’s web site. The retail value is EUR 11,300.
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