Piaget’s Polo Skeleton, available in slate gray or Piaget-blue versions, infuses the brand’s sport-chic collection with two of its long-practiced specialties: ultra-thin watchmaking and skeletonization.
At just 6.5mm thick, Polo Skeleton is 30 percent thinner than other Polos. Yet, even with its mechanical guts laid bare, there’s nothing delicate about this edgy, yet elegant, 42mm stainless steel sport watch, which traces its lineage back to 1979.
Polo debuted at the dawn of the “greed-is-good” decade, poised to become an ’80s style icon among the global jet-set sipping bloodies and mimosas on polo grounds from Greenwich to Palm Beach to wherever the glitterati gathered to strut their status.
Polo answered Royal Oak and Nautilus by doubling down on extravagance in solid gold and blurring the boundaries between case and bracelet with its ribbed design motif flowing from the integrated bracelet onto the case and dial. Powered by the world’s thinnest quartz movement, cutting-edge tech at the time, the original Polo oozed glitz and glamour with bombshell Bond Girl Ursula Andress as its ambassador and a fan base that included ’80s A-listers Roger Moore, Brooke Shields, and Andy Warhol.
After a few reboots over the past two decades, today’s Polo is more reserved, bearing little resemblance to its flamboyant ancestor. This is even more true with the skeleton, which opts to emphasize the extravagance of mechanical watchmaking with its x-ray view of the mechanism’s bone structure. While standard Polos have horizontal striping on the dials, evoking the vintage model’s unique ribbed design, the skeleton’s nod to the original are the oh-so-subtle horizontal lines on the bezel and movement components.
If you’ve been around long enough to remember the Emperador, your eyes don’t deceive. The latest-gen Polos morphed out of the Emperador Coussin from 1994 with its rounded case shape combined with a cushion-shaped dial opening, harmoniously blending the two forms. Emperador has since been folded into the Polo family.
Visible through both sides of the watch, the ultra-slim (2.4mm) automatic skeleton 1200S1 caliber, a colorful update on the existing 1200S, has 189 components including an off-set platinum micro-rotor for a low profile. Beating at 3 Hz, it delivers about 44 hours of power reserve on a full wind. One downside of the ultra-thin format is reduced water-resistance to 3 ATM from the Polo’s usual 10 ATM.
The movement’s layout is layered and complex rather than airy and minimalistic. The monochromatic gray version is the more reserved option, while the blue PVD version, tinted to match Piaget’s signature shade, really makes the movement’s framework pop with contrasting white metal wheels and applied indexes around the blue flange.
Finishing is what really makes or breaks a skeleton, and the 1200S1 does not disappoint with its crisp bridges, mainplate, and wheels decorated with satin-brushed and radial sunburst finishes and meticulous anglage (beveling) highlighting the interwoven architecture. A mix of contrasting polished and brushed surfaces add depth and dimension for enhanced light play. And for a finishing touch, the micro-rotor, visible through the caseback, is embellished with the Piaget coat of arms.
Legibility with skeletons can be challenging, especially in the shadows, so we would have liked to have seen some lume on the open-worked hands at least – a little glow-up would also add a hint of drama after dark.
Piaget tweaked Polo’s signature polished and satin-finished ‘H’ design bracelet to make it interchangeable. Now, you can easily switch up the look from sleek and sporty all metal to refined and classic with a complementary alligator leather strap (included), zero tools required. This shape-shifting ability endows the Polo Skeleton with a versatile split personality, almost like having two watches in one.
Model: Polo Skeleton
Case Material: Stainless steel
Indexes: Stainless steel
Water Resistance: 3 ATM
Strap/Bracelet: Interchangeable steel bracelet with interchangeable alligator strap, integrated folding clasp
Caliber: Piaget manufacture 1200S1 Skeleton Automatic
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power Reserve: Approx. 44 hours
Winding: Automatic with off-center, platinum micro-rotor
Frequency: 21,600 vph/3 Hz
Number of Components: 189
Pricing & Availability
Price: $ 28,500
Limited Edition: No.
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