Top 5 Ultrathin Luxury Watches.

Aug 11, 2022 | Luxury Watch | 0 comments


Creating ultra-thin or “ultra-thin” luxury watches is a feat that very few brands manage to achieve, it is an “art of miniaturization” that only the most expert watchmakers can perform.

And although there are those who prefer robust watches, the “ultra-thin” segment has its followers who admire and appreciate this segment of luxury watches.

The Bidding between Jaeger-LeCoultre and Piaget in Ultrathin Luxury Watches.

These two luxury watch brands excel in the development of small and slim watches, especially Piaget has a long history of production that began in 1957,

They can be said to have been leaders and have dozens of outstanding luxury watches in the ultra-thin category.

But Jaeger-LeCoultre is not far behind because it has also successfully explored the field of creating watches with reduced thickness.

The Art of Ultrathin Luxury Watches.

Numerous thinner movements have been built, but many of them are impractical and technically unfeasible.

For an ultra-thin watch to be a true work of art, it must not only be “thin”, but it must also combine this characteristic with design and functionality.

The idea is not to create a watch to break brands but a simple, aesthetic, functional piece that also meets the requirements of a luxury watch.

Brands such as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Bulgari, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin have achieved this on several occasions and their models stand out above the rest.

It should be noted that if the watches have complications such as chronographs or minute repeaters are pieces worth admiring.

First Ultrathin Movement, the Caliber 9P.

When Piaget launched the 9P caliber in 1957, the Altiplano watch, only 2 mm thick, was a milestone.

The manual-winding caliber 9P with 2 mm thickness presented at the Basel Fair stood as the thinnest watch movement to date.

A total of 89 components, allowing it to beat at a frequency of 19,800 vibrations per hour, and to top it all off, an elegant Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges.

Considered a great technical feat that at the time seemed to be unbeatable, but they managed to improve on it by launching three years later with the 12 gauge.

The 12P is a 2.3 mm thick self-winding movement that uses a 24K gold micro-rotor to produce the power.

Both the Piaget caliber 9P and 12 P, represent the beginning of these two an important category of ultra-thin luxury watches.

1. Altiplano Ultimate Concept Ultrathin Luxury Ultrathin Watch 2022

It seems impossible to choose a specific model among Piaget’s ultra-thin watches because each of them has its magic.

But let’s limit ourselves to talking about one of his latest creations the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept of 2022.

Designed with a high-tech cobalt-based alloy case with a thickness of just 2 mm, the watch face features an hours and minutes subdial.

In addition to the ratchet wheel with the engraving of La Côte-aux-Fées and the coordinates of the location of Piaget’s headquarters.

The dial also reflects the date and time of the “birth” of the Altiplano Ultimate Concept and is accompanied by glow-in-the-dark constellations.

2. Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin and Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to 1931 by Jaeger-LeCoultre

The Grande Reverso Ultra Thin has a design that focuses on extreme simplicity, derived from the diminutive thickness of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Calibre 822, which is only 2.94 mm and a case with proportions that blend perfectly with the wrist.

Slim, light and comfortable thanks to its subtle curvature, it also has a pure dial with vertical güilliche pattern, on which rest Arabic numerals and delicate bluish hands.

While the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 allows you to choose between two versions, one in steel and the other in rose gold.

With black or white dial and composed of dagger-shaped hands accompanied by indexes inspired by the first edition.

3. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin.

For those who like it classic and minimalist, the perfect choice would certainly be one of the ultra-thin Patrimony.

It is a traditional watch and slim enough for those who want discreet but elegant models.

The 18-carat rose gold version of the watch is an exquisite proposal that features a perpetual calendar and an ultra-thin automatic movement just 4.05 millimeters thick.

A divine blue dial on which the enamel sky can be admired along with two hand-finished ones, it is also available with a white dial on which every detail stands out.

4. Ultrathin Bvlgari watches, the Octo Finissimo Ultra is a Record.

The Octo Finissimo is a great design achievement for the house of Bvlgari and the 2022 version had to be exceptional in order to celebrate the anniversary of the saga in style.

With the Octo Finissimo Ultra 1.8 mm luxury watch, they set a record for slimness in a mechanical watch.

It has a case measuring 40 millimeters in diameter made of titanium to which a sandblasted finish is applied to give the characteristic finish.

Accompanied by a hand-wound BVL 180 caliber movement, which is only 1.5 mm thick and beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and to which is added a power reserve of 50 hours.

Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari, the Thinnest in the World.

Richard Mille and Ferrari joined forces to surprise us with an ultra-thin luxury watch, taking the flattest watches to date by storm, including the Octo Finissimo Ultra 1.8 mm.

They surprised by presenting a hyper-flat caliber of 1.18 mm in height, a work that came from the laboratories of Audemars Piguet Le Locle.

An extraordinary movement architecture that is assembled inside the case to withstand daily shocks.

This gives a touch of distinction to the Richard Mille UP 01 Ferrariwith respect to other ultra-thin watches in which the movement is used as a case.

The distribution of the components is unconventional, its ultra-thin profile has a horizontal distribution of the elements.

In addition, Audemars Piguet’s watchmaking experts developed a new escapement with a titanium balance wheel.

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