Piaget Mark 150th Anniversary With Iconic Gold Polo 79

Piaget Mark 150th Anniversary With Iconic Gold Polo 79

Piaget revealed a watch in 1979, that would  come to define the spirit of the 1980s, which is coming back to life today for their 150th anniversary.

The 1970s had witnessed the arrival  of a number of elegant sports watches, mostly in steel, launched by some of the grandest names of Swiss watchmaking. But, there had been nothing like Piaget’s Polo: a masterpiece of modern design that conceived timekeeper and bracelet as one aesthetic whole. And in full gold. 

“We really had to answer to this particular demand of our customers who are used to getting just dress watches. But now our customers like to do more and more sports. That’s part of the evolution of our lives today. They want to be exquisite, even in sport. They want to wear a better watch, even in their sports. So we created this sport line which is waterproof, shockproof.”

Yves Piaget, Founder (1979)

The answer to that ‘demand’ was a watch known simply as ‘Piaget Polo’. Now, 45 years after its first appearance, this historically significant timepiece is reborn as Piaget Polo 79 and still in keeping with today’s Zeitgeist and Piaget Society. A noted equestrian, Yves Piaget crystallised his love of horses and the highlife in a single timepiece that became emblematic of the glamour of the 1980s. 

Embracing the wrist like a second skin the bracelet was so skilfully wrought in Piaget’s workshops that it appeared to have been sculpted from a single piece of gold. ‘Piaget Polo’ may have been shock resistant and waterproof, but it refused to compromise on luxury and exclusivity at a time when Piaget only worked with precious metals. 

In 1976 Piaget had launched the famous 7P, at the time the thinnest quartz movement in the world, which equipped early examples of Piaget Polo. By the beginning of the 1980s it was superseded by the even thinner 1.95mm 8P. But the celebrated mechanical calibre 9P was also used to make certain models of Piaget Polo. 

Piaget Polo 79 returns to the purest expression of the original design, albeit with a few subtle updates. In line with current tastes the quartz calibre has been eschewed in favour of the ultra-thin 1200P1 in-house self-winding calibre that can be admired through the crystal back of a case that has been slightly enlarged to 38mm. 

Otherwise, it is the same masterpiece executed entirely in 18 carat gold that dazzled the jet set 45 years ago and is already beloved by the people in the know. There are many elegant sports watches, but only Piaget’s Polo 79 is a sports elegant watch.

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