Today we’re going to review a watch that actually perfectly embodies a “dress replica Piaget watches”. In fact, I would call this the perfect dress watch. In terms of size, design, technical feats, everything, this watch IS a dress watch as dress watches are described. It’s not too big, it’s super thin, it’s very elegant, it tells time by means of an hour and minute hand (not even a second hand) and it’s understated. We’re looking at a watch that is known for its ultra-slim profile, and today there are hand-wound versions, automatic versions, with or without date, with our without small seconds. And we’re looking at the most understated of them all, in white gold, 38mm in diameter, hand-wound, and no second hand… here’s the Piaget Altiplano.
Before starting this review, I had a feeling that I might find the Piaget Altiplano, at least in the reviewed execution, could be slightly boring. After several weeks on the wrist, I can tell you it was exactly the opposite. At first, you might not see all the lovely details that you become fond of over time, and the Altiplano has quite a few of such lovely details.
What I also didn’t expect, is that this rather plain Altiplano would be easy to match with different styles. Tuxedo? Yes, absolutely. Suit and tie? Very nice match! Jeans and shirt, or even a nice sweater? Yep, even that works just fine. I was amazed how well it looked with jeans and a nice sweater, or shirt, and didn’t look out of place, or out of style, combined with such casual outfit.
Case and strap
Ultra-thin, exactly what one would expect from a Piaget Altiplano, and in this case, it’s one of the thinnest Piaget fake watches on the market today. The watch itself measures 6mm thick, 38mm in diameter and has a close case-back. The case is executed in 18K white gold and comes on a black alligator leather strap with 18K white gold ardillon buckle (that’s a tang buckle in English.)
Those are the simple facts. Things that will only stand out when wearing this lovely watch are the small but lovely details. The case construction for instance. From the side – and when wearing the watch you will see its side – it looks like two halves, with the same thickness, sandwiched together. Yet the two very thin layers of white gold – both seem to have the exact same thickness – looks so balanced. The lugs might seem utterly boring from the front, however as soon as you get a glimpse of ’em from the side, you’ll see very nice shaped lugs.
The case back (a screwed case-back) is engraved with the brand’s logo and underneath it reads “Piaget – Mécanique – Swiss made” and several reference numbers (including “Au750” which indicates that it’s 18K gold.)
The 38mm diameter is just perfect on my wrist. In fact, for most watches besides sports watches, I find sizes below 40mm the best. The good thing about.
Dial and hands
The face, or better call it dial, is white and features slim and long hour markers. These are so-called baton hour markers, or stick markers in English, and the Altiplano features double stick markers at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. This gives the dial a very nice presence and balance and with only the brand name printed on the dial (just under the 12 o’clock marker) it remains very ‘clean’ and to the point. No frills or anything, exactly like pretty much everything about this watch.
The hands are also called baton hands or stick hands in English. They are as black as the hour markers and with the white dial as backdrop, the Altiplano offers very good legibility, even when it’s getting dark (well, not when it’s properly dark.)