World’s Thinnest Automatic Watch Has 238 Components, Somehow

Some of them are 'barely thicker than a hair's breadth'

December 19, 2017 9:00 am

Here in the United States, we tend to thumb our noses at using the metric system. So you might not have the best concept of what exactly 0.85 millimeters equates to. Trust us, it ain’t all that much — unless you’re talking about the depth of a wristwatch.

Clocking in at only 4.3mm thick — or 0.85mm less than the 5.15mm-thick Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ultra-Thin Automatique — Piaget’s new Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P has assumed the title of the thinnest automatic ticker in the world.

Literally passing the newly launched Bulgari by a thin margin, the Altiplano Ultimate 910P’s 238 discrete components were crafted over the course of three years to take up as little space as possible. Some of them are now “barely thicker than a hair’s breadth,” Piaget told Forbes.

Officially dropping in January 2018 at the SIHH luxury watch trade fair in Geneva, the white gold Altiplano Ultimate auto will be priced at $27,000, while the pink gold version will go for $26,000.

If you can’t wait that long, check out Piaget’s current lineup of ultra-thin watches over here.

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