Piaget has just launched a new Polo, seven years after its last update. Before we delve into the intricate details of the latest offering, Polo Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Seven, let’s look at how Polo came into being in the first place.
In the 1970s, the watchmaking industry saw how the quartz movement from Japan disrupted business globally, with established mechanical movements finding themselves in a tight corner. This is often referred to as the quartz crisis of the 1970s. However, despite the upheaval, this decade witnessed experimentations with new designs and colours in the world of mechanical watches. Watch lovers saw such timeless pieces as Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet and Nautilus from Patek Philippe rising to the challenge and creating a niche for themselves. Many watchmakers introduced new collections to tackle the crisis. In the middle of all this, Polo from Piaget. was born.
Created by famous Swiss clockmaker Yves Piaget, the Polo became an icon in its own right with its integrated design aesthetics. Over the years, it has been adored by watch lovers all over the world.
The new Polo Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Seven, a 42 mm stainless steel watch, looks very much in contrast to the existing Polo timepieces. The case has a brushing on the bezel and the watch is winded via the crown at 3 o’clock.
The watch gets a dark emerald green dial with horizontal gadroon patterns. There is a ‘day of the week’ subdial at 9 o’clock while month and leap year indicators appear inside a single dual-function register at 12 o’clock, along with a date subdial at 3 o’clock, a moonphase indication with the logo of Piaget and a ‘Perpetual Calendar’ at 6 o’clock. The timepiece gets baton-shaped hour markers, with sword-shaped central hour and minute hands, filled with Super-LumiNova.
Powering the new Piaget Polo Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin is the Calibre 1255P automatic movement with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. Turning the watch over reveals the sapphire, skeleton caseback, with eight visible screws and a blue finished micro-rotor that is signed with Piaget’s logo.
Also, for the first time, the Piaget Polo Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin gets a new SingleTouch interchangeable strap and a bracelet system with a deployant-style folding clasp. Water resistance is up to 30 metres.