The exquisite world of haute horology has witnessed a true electromechanical marvel just in time for the holidays. Piaget’s newest model – the Emperador Coussin XL 700P – is the first watch to combine mechanical power with electronic timekeeping in a unique hybrid movement. This is a remarkable feature that continues to put the brand at the forefront of innovation and superb craftsmanship in the fine watch-making industry.
Made of solid white gold with an elegant black bezel that is ADLC-coated, the new model brings together the oversized proportions of a sports watch with clean aesthetic of a dress watch. The design exhibits beautiful contrast and visual structure. It is visibly masculine with a very powerful yet refined presence.
The real worth of the timepiece, however, lies within the method of manufacture and the mechanism it employs. It still uses the traditional mechanical spring as a power source, but crystal quartz is installed to keep the time. This crystal is of significantly higher quality than the one found in a Swatch. It is used to regulate the movement of a flywheel, which when spinning controls all other gears. The precise movement of the crystal permits for more accuracy.
It is the first time Piaget experiments with this technology and the result is nothing short of spectacular – both visually and performance-wise. Their revered skeletonized design is present in the Emperador Coussin XL 700P as well, complementing the sleek, refined look of the model. With only 118 pieces set to be manufactured, price has been announced at $70,000 a piece and there is a waiting list for eager buyers.
The Emperador Coussin XL 700P is a eautiful continuation of Piaget’s proud traditions in watch-making and is, by far, the biggest technological leap the brand has taken to date. It is yet unclear whether it’s going to be a stand-alone model or the beginning of a series of electromechanical watches, but in either case it’s a sight to behold.