Piaget proves a watch can never be too thin or too rich

An unusual 18K gold chain link-style Piaget wristwatch made $23,105 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2020 at Henry’s Auktionshaus AG. Image courtesy of Henry’s Auktionshaus AG and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Piaget transformed the art of watchmaking with its ultra-slim luxury wristwatches. Starting with the hand-wound 9P Calibre in 1957 that was only 2mm (about 0.07 inches) thick, and followed three years later by the self-winding 12P, Piaget’s designs reduce the watch’s overall volume to expand the surface area of the dial, making it possible to read the time without the aid of a magnifying glass.

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