It was in La Cote-aux-Fees, a small town in the Swiss part of the Jura, that Georges Edouard Piaget sketched the first strokes of what, decades later, was to become an inimitable signature in the world of luxury and fine watchmaking. In 1874, he started his first workshop on the family farm and committed himself to making high-precision movements that he soon began supplying to the most prestigious brands. The business grew very quickly. Piaget's fame spread far beyond the mountains around Neuchatel, increased by demand from those who already recognized his signature on a movement as a mark of seldom-equalled expertise, and his workshop grew.
Georges Edouard's son, Timothee Piaget, took over the business in 1911, displaying the same passion, demand for quality and success as his father. Sound and solid foundations had been laid for Piaget. An enterprising spirit, willingness to take risks and the desire never to rest on its laurels were inscribed on Piaget's DNA.
In order to keep pace with its growing success, in 2001 the company opened the new Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget in Plans-les-Ouates, just outside Geneva. Within barely a decade, almost thirty new movements were to be created, including some of the most prestigious horological complications. Meanwhile, jewellery watches were endowed with innovative concepts adding further sparkle to the natural radiance of diamonds. All these masterpieces are entirely in line with Piaget's inventiveness and emphatically reassert the founder's motto to always do better than necessary.
Piaget watches are available at our Richmond store, located in greater Vancouver.
Ultra-thin watchmaking has always been the Piaget stronghold. From the 1920s onwards, it has been Piaget’s recognizable signature – personified through the Altiplano collection. The Piaget Altiplano collection owes its name to the high plateau stretching across an extensive part of South America and distinguished by its strikingly pure landscapes. Its ultra-thin feature allows for the joint development of high watchmaking and high jewelry. Beneath its apparent simplicity lies the sophistication of incredibly thin movement. The distinctive and timeless Altiplano watch sets the perfect final touch, fitting as neatly as a second skin, sliding under a shirt sleeve to preserve an impeccable and discreet appearance.
Today, the Piaget Altiplano collection includes multiple ultra-thin mechanical self-winding and hand-wound movements that have set new records in their class.
Through this new Altiplano anniversary collection, supreme elegance reveals itself ever more precisely, like a skyline opening up fascinating new perspectives.