Aesthetically Minimalist Regression: Ultra-thin Everything

Although large and thick watches became the new trend of watches, it is clear that ultra-thin watches that combine minimalist aesthetics and superb technology are more suitable for summer. Watch manufacturers have realized that thin and light models are more humane. At this year’s Haute Horlogerie Salon and Basel Watch Fair, classic ultra-thin watches of many top brands have been re-interpreted, giving them more exciting qualities.
In the world of watches, solid weight or lightness and slimness are always different choices. In some people’s opinion, it is an rude act to look at a watch while talking in business. The watch should be hidden under the shirt cufflinks and slide out silently, so as not to hang on other things. The reason for thin watches.
Therefore, the thin appearance does not mean that the content is exaggerated. On the contrary, many ultra-thin watches are now pursuing not only aesthetic minimalism, but also the innovation and technical excellence of mechanical materials. Ultra-thin watches are more difficult to manufacture than ordinary watches. It is not easy to put three-digit parts in a few millimeters of space, let alone ensure their normal operation. Ultra Thin watches are one of the sharpest factions in watchmaking. Only the best brands can stand on the stage of ultra-thin watch confrontation and win respect with refinement.
Since the 1950s, there has been an “ultra-thin contest” among top watch brands. Generally speaking, mechanical watches, manual winding watches, the movement should be considered thin at about 2 mm, if the automatic winding, the movement grasped within 5 mm is very good. From 66 millimeters in 1550 to 2 millimeters around 1800, people’s research in precision and meticulous machining has made surprising progress. The world’s number one record is broken again and again, and no one can predict who will eventually win the product. Today, although the interpretation of complex functions such as the perpetual calendar and tourbillon has never been abandoned, the overall trend of the development of mechanical watches is still lighter, more accurate and thinner.
Thickness and function cannot shrink together
到底 What is the limit of ultra-thin? When the manual winding movement is controlled within 2 millimeters and the automatic winding movement is controlled within 5 millimeters, all manufacturers know that it is not important to make a breakthrough of a few tenths or even a few millimeters. After all, for the wearer, slimness is a prerequisite, not the ultimate goal. Men finally hope that what is attached to their wrist is a powerful timekeeping tool with accurate travel time, not a piece of sharp precious metal that can be used to poke people. How to ‘accumulate thin hair’ is the proposition that watch masters need to overcome.
For a long time, the function of ultra-thin watches has indeed shrunk as much as the thickness, so that people think that ultra-thin and complicated functions cannot be taken into account. This limitation was broken by Piaget. Piaget, which is unique in the development of ultra-thin movements, has also extended the expertise of ultra-thin movements to the production of many complex movements (such as 600P rectangular tourbillon movement, 880P chronograph movement, 855P perpetual calendar movement , 1270 automatic winding tourbillon movement) and so on. In 2010, in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its legendary 12P movement, Piaget specially launched the world’s thinnest self-winding movements, 1200P (with hours and minutes) and 1208P (with hours, minutes and small seconds). At the same time, Piaget has worked hard to open up another artistic path to the hollow and openwork decoration of the movement.
To carry out the engraving art on the world’s thinnest self-winding movement, you need to study the composition of the decorative patterns and calculate the scope of the engraving and hollowing in advance, and slightly design the core to ensure that Endurance and reliability of automatic movement movement. The outstanding design and structure of the movement itself has helped it the most. It greatly traverses the cover of the plate and the bridge, and protects the required solidity and tolerance in a coordinated manner. Precision, which ultimately led to the Piaget Altiplano skeleton ultra-thin watch.
1 Gucci G-Timeless: This series is designed by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, with a smoother refurbished design that inherits all the elements of the classic G-Timeless watch. These models all use a large case with a diameter of 40mm, special materials and shades, and a 6mm ultra-thin case design.
2 Hublot ultra-thin skeleton watch: The first ultra-thin skeleton watch in the history of the brand: 45mm diameter dial, equipped with a homemade ultra-thin movement with a thickness of only 2.90mm. The completely hollow design concept shows the watch’s internal structure more clearly and intuitively under professional eyes, fully showing the balance between ultra-thin appearance and maintaining the brand’s dynamic fashion.
3 Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-Thin Watches: With the grand launch of Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-thin Watches, it has once again achieved two world records and raised the limit specification to a new level: the world’s thinnest self-winding skeleton watch 5.34 mm), equipped with the world’s thinnest self-winding skeletonized movement (2.40 mm). Success does not come in a vacuum, thanks to Piaget’s unique expertise in ultra-thin mechanical movements for more than half a century before it can reach another peak.
4 Jaeger-LeCoultre Ultra-thin Power Reserve Display Master Series: The watch’s lugs are stretched and trimmed to give a more slender profile. The new diameter case also improves the readability of the dial.