The Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget has reiterated its support for a noble cause by taking part for the sixth consecutive time in the Only Replica Watches charity auction held on November 7th 2015 at La Réserve Genève Hotel and Spa.
Only Replica Watch is a charity auction organised every two years since 2005. Its results are donated to the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy to fund research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative neuromuscular disease affecting children, adolescents or young adults.
Piaget participated in this latest edition by interpreting its emblematic Altiplano 900P in a version that is unique as it is original, fitted for the very first time with metallic red hands. Neither entirely a movement nor exactly a case – or rather both at once: the Altiplano 38 mm 900P is the world’s thinnest mechanical watch. Merging the hand-wound calibre with the case elements, it is designed as a single entity in order to achieve record-breaking slenderness at just 3.65 mm thin. A crowning achievement in over half a century of virtuoso skills displayed in the realm of ultra-thin watchmaking where Piaget reigns supreme, it conveys the excellence of the two integrated Manufactures run by the Maison. Places where the skills of the replica Piaget watchmakers, case constructors and designers converge in giving life to this masterpiece of reliability and precision.
Since every technical choice had an aesthetic impact, and vice versa, each of the 145 parts composing the Altiplano 38 mm 900P has been trimmed to a size sometimes barely thicker than a hair’s breadth – including some wheels measuring a mere 0.12 mm thin (compared with 0.20 mm on a classic movement)
To underscore the distinctive nature of this creation, the rim of its case-back is engraved with the inscription “Replica Only Watches 2015 – unique piece”.
The Piaget Altiplano 900P “Only Replica Watches 2015 – unique piece” was sold for CHF 70,000.-
Commenting on this participation, CEO Philippe Léopold-Metzger explained: “The Altiplano 900P powerfully expresses the creativity and innovation that have defined Piaget since 1874. We have created a Breitling replica watch that is truly unique in terms of aesthetics and design, for which we have once again pushed our own limits. It vividly illustrates the Piaget philosophy of placing techniques in the service of design. I am delighted that we have created a one-of-a-kind version of this model for Only Watch and to support the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy.”
44 one-of-a-kind fake watches went under the hammer of Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo for a total sum of CHF 11,268,000 – thereby making this edition the best auction ever held on behalf of the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy.