In 1979, Piaget had wanted a contender in the luxury sports segment to go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus. Enter the Polo, designed by Yves G Piaget himself, now chairman of the company.
It was made entirely in gold, had a unique pattern of alternating satin-finished bracelet links and polished gadroons, and was the first watch to have this unique bracelet fully integrated with the case. Within it was the 7P calibre quartz movement that inherited an ultra-thin structure from the manufacture’s famous ultra-thin hand-wound Calibre 9P.
Thin, light and avant-garde in form, the Polo made the brand very popular among celebrities and this, in turn, put Piaget on the map, says Eduardo Tartalo, managing director of Piaget in Australia and Southeast Asia.
The new Polo S collection (‘s’ for steel) captures a different era. It keeps its progenitor’s round case, enlarged to 42mm, and incorporates the beautiful cousin-shape dial from the Emperador collection. The horizontal-gadroons look is no more, but the Polo S keeps the spirit of the original’s alternating finishes with a polished steel case and satin-finished bezel that extends to the bracelet. Within is the self-winding Calibre 110P movement (Calibre 1160P for chronograph) with time indication and date functions built specifically for the Polo S.
The combination of a simple three-hand and date function within a stylish steel case keeps the Polo S under USD10,000, making it a great entry point into the Piaget constellation. The two pillars of Piaget remain the Altiplano and Gala. “Piaget is an expert when it comes to precious metals and stones, and this is not going to change,” says Tartalo. The Polo S is that ageless creation; it has no target demographic but has been made to suit a current market looking for a more relaxed vision of luxury.
Originally published in Esquire Malaysia, March 2017.