Piaget’s Polo Skeleton, to be had in slate grey or Piaget-blue variations, infuses the brand’s sport-chic assortment with two of its long-practiced specialties: ultra-thin watchmaking and skeletonization.
At simply 6.5mm thick, Polo Skeleton is 30 % thinner than different Polos. But, even with its mechanical guts laid naked, there may be not anything refined about this edgy, but sublime, 42mm stainless steel sport watch, which strains its lineage back to 1979.
Polo debuted on the crack of dawn of the “greed-is-good” decade, poised to turn into an ’80s taste icon some of the world jet-set sipping bloodies and mimosas on polo grounds from Greenwich to Palm Seaside to anywhere the glitterati accrued to strut their standing.
Polo replied Royal Oak and Nautilus by means of doubling down on extravagance in solid gold and blurring the limits between case and band with its ribbed decoration motif flowing from the built-in band onto the case and dial. Operated by means of the world’s thinnest battery operated movement, state-of-the-art tech on the time, the genuine Polo oozed glitz and glamour with bombshell Bond Woman Ursula Andress as its ambassador and a fan base that integrated ’80s A-listers Roger Moore, Brooke Shields, and Andy Warhol.
After a couple of reboots over the last twenty years, as of late’s Polo is extra reserved, bearing little resemblance to its flamboyant ancestor. That is much more true with the skeleton, which opts to emphasise the extravagance of mechanical watchmaking with its x-ray view of the mechanism’s bone construction. Whilst usual Polos have horizontal striping at the dials, evoking the antique fashion’s distinctive ribbed decoration, the skeleton’s nod to the genuine are the oh-so-subtle horizontal strains at the bezel and movement parts.
Should you’ve been round lengthy sufficient to bear in mind the Emperador, your eyes do not mislead. The most recent-gen Polos morphed out of the Emperador Coussin from 1994 with its rounded case form blended with a cushion-shaped dial opening, harmoniously mixing the 2 kinds. Emperador has since been folded into the Polo circle of relatives.
Visual thru each side of the watch, the ultra-slim (2.4mm) automatic skeleton 1200S1 caliber, a colourful replace at the current 1200S, has 189 parts together with an off-set platinum micro-rotor for an extremely low profile. Beating at 3 Hz, it delivers about 44 hours of energy reserve on a complete wind. One problem of the ultra-thin structure is decreased water-resistance to a few ATM from the Polo’s standard 10 ATM.
The movement’s format is layered and sophisticated quite than ethereal and minimalistic. The monochromatic grey model is the extra reserved choice, whilst the blue PVD model, tinted to compare Piaget’s signature coloration, truly makes the movement’s framework pop with contrasting white steel wheels and implemented indexes across the blue flange.
Completing is what truly makes or breaks a skeleton, and the 1200S1 does now not disappoint with its crisp bridges, mainplate, and wheels embellished with satin-brushed and radial sunburst finishes and meticulous anglage (beveling) highlighting the interwoven structure. A mixture of contrasting cleaned and brushed surfaces upload intensity and size for enhanced mild play. And for a crowning glory, the micro-rotor, visual throughout the caseback, is decorated with the Piaget coat of hands.
Legibility with skeletons can also be difficult, particularly within the shadows, so we’d have preferred to have observed some lume at the open-worked hands a minimum of – slightly glow-up would additionally upload a touch of drama after darkish.
Piaget tweaked Polo’s signature cleaned and satin-finished ‘H’ decoration band to make it interchangeable. Now, you’ll simply transfer up the glance from swish and sporty all steel to subtle and vintage with a complementary alligator leather-based band (integrated), 0 gear required. This shape-shifting ability endows the Polo Skeleton with a flexible break up persona, nearly like having two watches in a single.
Fashion: Polo Skeleton
Case Fabric: Stainless steel
Indexes: Stainless steel
Water Resistance: 3 ATM
Band/Strap: Interchangeable steel band with interchangeable alligator band, built-in folding buckle
Caliber: Piaget manufacture 1200S1 Skeleton Automatic
Purposes: Hours, minutes
Energy Reserve: Approx. 44 hours
Winding: Automatic with off-center, platinum micro-rotor
Frequency: 21,600 vph/3 Hz
Collection of Parts: 189
Pricing & Availability
Restricted Version: No.
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