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The New And Limited Piaget Polo Date 150th Anniversary Editions

The signature gadroons found on the original Polo 79 transition to the dial of the Piaget Polo Date.

| By Rebecca Doulton | 2 min read |

Yves G. Piaget, the fourth generation of the Piaget watchmaking and jewellery dynasty, launched the sporty-chic Polo watch in 1979. With its ultra-thin gold case and sleek bracelet decorated with horizontal gadroons, the Polo captured the era’s zeitgeist to become a massive hit. In 2016, Piaget gave the Polo a complete makeover, transforming it into a cushion-shaped stainless steel luxury sports watch. To complicate matters slightly, Piaget kicked off its 150th-anniversary celebrations by travelling back in time to resuscitate the original vintage 1979 model, resulting in the solid gold Piaget Polo 79 model. For Watches & Wonders 2024, Piaget borrows the hallmark gadroons of the Piaget Polo 79 and incorporates them onto the dial of the ‘regular’ stainless steel Piaget Polo Date. Presented in 42mm and 36mm steel cases, these two ‘his and her’ models get the special Polo 79 treatment.

The two Polo Date models involved in this latest exercise in style are classic 36mm and 42mm stainless steel models in the characteristic cushion-shaped case. Renowned for its ultra-thin movements, the height of the 36mm model is 8.8mm, while the 42mm has a thickness of 9.4mm. Adding a touch of glamour, the 35mm model has 60 brilliant-cut diamonds set in the bezel. Bridging the gap between the current luxury sports Polo family and the first Polo model of 1979, the dials are decorated with the trademark gadroons that traversed the dial and bracelet of the original gold Polo. Here, the gadroons extend horizontally across the warm, beige, silky dial.

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Attached to the minutes flange and reaching out over the dial, the rose gold markers on the 42mm model are treated with luminescent material matching the hour and minute hands; the indices of the 36mm model are set with diamonds and the gold-plated hour and minute hand are skeletonised. To mark the brand’s 150th anniversary, the counterweight on the central seconds hand contains the number 150. The date window, positioned at 6 o’clock, has a golden frame.

Powering the 36mm model is Piaget’s in-house calibre 500P1. This automatic movement with a central rotor has an ultra-slim height of 3.6mm and delivers a power reserve of 40 hours. The movement inside the 42mm model is the automatic calibre 1110P, an evolution of Piaget’s automatic 800P. With a height of just 4mm, it operates at 28,800vph and has a power reserve of 50 hours. A stop-seconds mechanism allows you to set the time with precision.

Both models are delivered with interchangeable rubber straps with embossed horizontal grooves. They are limited editions of 300 pieces each, with a price to be confirmed.

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