Nowadays, a watch has become a great companion in our life. Some people will prefer an over-sized watch to make a big statement. However there are still many people will love to wear more small and ultra-thin wristwatches. They are a lean and clean timepieces that feel like you have next to nothing on your wrist. Here are 2 recent examples of timepieces that have set records for thinness in their respective categories.
Piaget Altiplano 900P
Piaget has long been associated with super-thin watches and holds records for thinness in several horological categories. Perhaps its most impressive world-first is the Altiplano 900P — the slimmest mechanical-movement watch in the world, bar none, at a case thickness of just 3.65 mm — that’s right, the case is thinner than the movements of the previous two watches. Piaget accomplished this feat by merging the movement with the case so that the inner caseback serves as the mainplate. The Piaget Altiplano is 38 mm in diameter and comes in rose gold ($26,200) and white gold ($27,800) cases.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic
At Baselworld 2017, Bulgari unveiled the Octo Finissimo Automatic, the brand’s latest work of wrist sculpture, which sets a record for the thinnest self-winding mechanical watch on the market. The case is a mere 5.15 millimeters thick (the movement itself is cut even thinner, at 2.23 millimeters). “It’s really like a coin,” said Jean-Christophe Babin, the chief executive of Bulgari.
Unlike their other two record breaking watches and as it’s name may let on, the newest Octo Finissimo is an automatic winding timepiece rather than manual wind. This in it’s own right makes this even more impressive as the rotor needs to be taken into consideration when designing. The combination of titanium and a case thickness of just 5.15mm makes this watch feel feather light on the wrist. The watch features an industrial design, breaking free of traditional (round) conventions and features a distinctive shape based on Gerald Genta’s Octo.
In my opinion, a ultra-thin mechanical wristwatch, just like the 2 best replica watches UK I mentioned above, is thin enough to go unnoticed by others, but is sizable enough to let you know that it’s there. Plus, its elegant simplicity makes it a truly stunning timepiece.