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Top 10 Thinnest Mechanical Wristwatches: 8 Modern Record Holders And Their 2 Historic Rivals | Quill & Pad

Top 10 Thinnest Mechanical Wristwatches: 8 Modern Record Holders And Their 2 Historic Rivals | Quill & Pad

If you were a watch planner or development engineer during the 1950s, you were likely arranged into one of three camps in looking to culmination your “Everest.” You were attempting to make dependable high-beat developments with a 5 Hz recurrence; or you were working steadily to concoct the automatic chronograph; or you were endeavoring to go more slender than anybody at any point had before.

Blancpain had quite recently basically characterized the new class of jumper’s watches with the Fifty Fathoms, which followed Rolex’s accomplishments in making the waterproof watch – all conceived of Cartier’s advancement of the reason assembled men’s wristwatch, the Santos-Dumont.

Heck, even the automatic wristwatch had essentially been consummated inside the most recent couple of many years, so the leftover objectives were narrowing fast.

Utility and accuracy were the primary separating lines, and for some going as slim as conceivable showed the greatest difficulties. In the age of “the future,” post-war profitability and thoughts regarding what humankind could become since worldwide war was a relic of times gone by (uh oh) turned into the main thrust for some innovations.

For those watchmakers aim on hustling head-first into the future, watch developments that were paper slender and vanished on the wrist felt like the privilege move.

Piaget was the evident hero in this field with the arrival of Caliber 9P in 1957 – the most slender physically twisted development, just 2 mm in stature – and the Caliber 12P in 1960, the most slender automatic development, just 2.3 mm in height.

Within the next decade the principal quartz watches were created, and slimness turned into a norm of that new innovation. So it would be an additional years and years before watchmakers would truly push the limits of slimness in mechanical watches.

We are presently living in the advanced rush to the most slender, and as records are set we have a guard harvest of staggeringly flimsy watches that demonstrate this competition may not be finished at this point. To commend the awesomazingness of these watches, I’ve compiled a rundown of the 10 most slender mechanical watches, including a couple of verifiable pieces that give setting (and strong competition) for what brands are creating today.

Also kindly note, this rundown depends on absolute case thickness, not development thickness, on the off chance that you are aware of a development that comes in under these numbers. There are in reality numerous super meager developments, yet when cased up fall outside of this thin range.

10. Historical Piaget 12103 Automatic 12P (1960): 5.00 mm

Starting with a recorded piece coming in at a quite cycle 5 mm stature we have the first Piaget 12103 Automatic 12P, the main emphasis of the 12P development, the most slender automatic development on the planet for a serious long time. The first watch comprised a slim gold case lodging Caliber 12P, which estimated in at 2.30 mm.

Piaget 12103 Automatic 12P

The Piaget 12103 Automatic 12P essentially set the norm for super meager automatic watches and stayed unchallenged by a creation development until this last decade when the race started anew.

Piaget Caliber 12P with miniature rotor

For a watch and development appearing precisely 60 years prior, the way that it makes the best ten most slender watches list in 2020 methods it is quite possibly the most comparatively radical bits of the 20th century.

Quick Facts Piaget 12103 Automatic 12P

Case: yellow or white gold, 32 x 5 mm

Development: automatic Caliber 12P, 2.3 mm in stature, 19,800 vph recurrence, 37-hour power hold, 19 gems

Capacities: hours, minutes

9. Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon (2014): 5.00 mm

Tied with the first Piaget 12P in generally case thickness however crushing the development thickness with a physically twisted tourbillon type, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon originally delivered in a platinum case comes in at a slight 5 mm in height.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon

But the genuine purpose of awe was the 1.95 mm tourbillon development, a staggering accomplishment that most would have speculated to be impossible.

It was likewise the principal significant punch from Bulgari on the Octo Finissimo front, the brand getting many a record with the line throughout the next few years. The Octo Finissimo Tourbillon actually remains as one of the most slender tourbillon developments at any point made and shows that Bulgari isn’t wrecking around.

Quick Facts Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon

Case: 40 x 5 mm, platinum

Development: super meager physically twisted Finissimo Tourbillon Caliber with hour long flying tourbillon, 1.95 mm stature, 32.6 mm breadth, 21,600 vph/3 Hz recurrence, 55-hour power save, variable dormancy balance

Capacities: hours, minutes

Value: CHF 130,000

8. Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P (2017): 4.3 mm

Our next section takes a major leap from the now-“hefty” 5 mm cases down to a trimmer 4.3 mm with the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P. Coming inside a time of the hair-raising Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic , the Piaget 910P took back the crown for the most slender automatic watch on the planet (for a while).

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P

Interestingly, however, it didn’t beat the Bulgari for development thickness as its development is incorporated with the situation. So while the development thickness is actually thicker, this development considered the sensational decrease in the event that height.

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P

Since you can’t wear a development all alone, this move in strategy supported Piaget into a commanding lead. It wasn’t the primary watch to attempt this development procedure (that was Audemars Piguet in 1986), yet it utilized it completely effectively, amping up the cutting edge rush to the most slender watch possible.

Quick Facts Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P

Case: 41 x 4.3 mm, pink gold or white gold

Development: automatic Caliber 910P, 50-hour power save, 21,600 vph/3 Hz recurrence, 22-karat gold fringe rotor

Capacities: hours, minutes

Cost: $26,000 (pink gold), $27,100 (white gold)

7. Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955 (2010): 4.13 mm

At number seven things switch up from the average Piaget/Bulgari fight to discover an amazingly flimsy piece from Vacheron Constantin. In the Genevan brand’s just appearance on this rundown, Vacheron Constantin offers a strong yet refined expression with the Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955, an advanced translation of a chronicled commemoration watch from 1955.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955

Thanks to the obnoxious dainty Caliber 1003, estimating simply 1.64 mm in stature, the Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955 inches nearer to the sub-four mm mark, yet likely misses the mark because of the sapphire precious stone case back – great sight to behold maybe, however adding superfluous heave in a journey for incomparable thinness.

Vacheron Constantin super slim promotion around 1955

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955 side on

Still, this is one minuscule watch and the piece that at long last separates a to and fro between two opponents we will be seeing a greater amount of as we progress down the list.

Quick Facts Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955

Case: 36 x 4.13 mm, platinum or pink gold

Development: physically twisted Caliber 1003, 1.64 mm high, 31-hour power save, 18,000 vph/2.5 Hz recurrence

Capacities: hours, minutes

Cost: $28,700 (pink gold), $37,300 (platinum)

6. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee (2013): 4.05 mm

What’s this, another watch on this rundown outside of Piaget and Bulgari? Why, yes!

Back in 2013 Jaeger-LeCoultre commended its 180th commemoration and chose to break out a more established development from the 1990s, Caliber 849, and put it into an exceptionally thin case that made it one of the most slender manual twisting wristwatches in presence at an infinitesimal 4.05 mm.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee Reference Q1296520

This model proceeded with the next year with a couple new cycles and it stays probably the most slender watch you might have bought from Jaeger-LeCoultre. Or then again anybody else.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee Reference Q1296520

Sadly, the development and case have returned into stowing away and the current Ultra-Thin models are twice as thick (boo), so you’ll need to locate this one on the recycled market. In any case, here is a fourth maker flying into the fight for most slender mechanical wristwatches in existence.

Quick Facts Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee Reference Q1296520

Case: 39 x 4.05 mm, platinum

Development: physically twisted Caliber 849, 1.85 mm in stature, 36-hour power save, 21,600 vph/3 Hz recurrence

Capacities: hours, minutes

Constraint: 880 pieces

Cost: €14,500 in 2013

5. Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic (2018): 3.95 mm

Jaeger-LeCoultre and Vacheron Constantin’s quality demonstrates brief on this rundown as we move to another Bulgari: the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, which grabbed up three records in a single watch when it dispatched in 2018.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic asserted the title for most slender automatic watch, most slender tourbillon, and most slender automatic tourbillon – and perhaps ticked off Piaget to adjust things. Coming in at simply 3.95 mm, the Tourbillon Automatic even body pummeled its own kin, the previously mentioned Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, by more than a millimeter.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic side on

Granted, it required three years of additional turn of events. Yet, that simply demonstrates how committed Bulgari has been to continually pushing the envelope of what the vast majority believe is conceivable in a watch as complicated as this.

Quick Facts Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

Case: 42 x 3.95 mm, titanium

Development: super meager automatic Finissimo Tourbillon Caliber BVL 288 with 60-second flying tourbillon, 1.95 mm tallness, 32.6 mm width, 21,600 vph/3 Hz recurrence, 52-hour power save, variable latency balance

Capacities: hours, minutes, seconds

Limit: 50 pieces

Value: CHF 120,000

4. Historical Piaget Altiplano 9P (approx. 1964): 3.80 mm

And now we are back to Piaget, however this time another recorded reference that mind-blowingly shows it is as yet one of the best four most slender mechanical wristwatches – in spite of being almost 60 years old.

Piaget Altiplano

This explicit adaptation comes from 1964, seven years after the famous Piaget 9P appeared in 1957. This Altiplano estimates a decidedly small 3.8 mm, defeating the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic by minimal in excess of two hair widths.

The Piaget 9P Altiplano (3.8 mm tallness) as compared to a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin from 2000 (5.9 mm height)

Caliber 9P was regularly housed in thicker cases (out of common sense), however the amazing accomplishment of making a manual winding development just 2 mm in thickness saved Piaget leading the pack for most slender mechanical development until a couple of years after the fact, when Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 839 (archetype to the 849) was delivered in 1962 at simply 1.85 mm.

Piaget set the bar high with the 9P and it turned out to be immediately perceived as extraordinary compared to other super dainty developments made.

Quick Facts Piaget Altiplano 9P

Case: 31 x 3.8 mm, white gold

Development: hand-wound Caliber 9P, 2 x 20.5 mm, 18 gems, 19,800 vph recurrence, 36-hour power save

Capacities: hours, minutes

Year of production: approx. 1964

Cost: approx. €3,500 on the auxiliary market

3. Piaget Altiplano 900P (2013): 3.65 mm

Despite being the inception of super flimsy for Piaget, the 9P actually couldn’t pass our number three, the advanced Piaget Altiplano 900P , which turned into the most slender mechanical watch on the planet when it showed up later than expected 2013.

Piaget Altiplano 900P side on

The Altiplano 900P was the primary current Piaget to use the coordinated case development technique for the development. Furthermore, since it didn’t have to add the automatic winding capacity found in the later 910P it had the option to hold the stature somewhere near 66% of a millimeter over its more youthful sibling.

Piaget Altiplano 900P

This is a very meager watch at 3.65 millimeters, and it appears as though it is hard to beat with some other technique – or so Piaget thought. It went on for a very long time as the most slender mechanical watch on the planet until it was usurped by our number two.

Piaget Altiplano 900P on the wrist

Quick Facts Piaget Altiplano 900P Ultra-Thin

Case: 38 mm x 3.65 mm, white gold

Development: physically twisted Caliber 900P incorporated with the case, 48-hour hold, 21,600 vph/3 Hz recurrence

Capacities: hours, minutes

Cost: $31,400

2. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Squelette (2015): 3.60 mm

Inching out the Piaget by the smallest of edges during Watches & Wonders 2015 in Hong Kong, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra-Thin Squelette took Caliber 849 as a base, applied some fun skeletonizing, and afterward got much more forceful with the case, contracting the Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee somewhere near a huge 0.40 mm.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Squelette front and back

This conceded the Ultra-Thin Squelette the title of most slender mechanical watch on the planet (for a brief timeframe) and gives Jaeger-LeCoultre two spots in the best six most slender mechanical watches ever – while the fight seethes on among Piaget and Bulgari.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Squelette with jewel set bezel

This is the sorcery of Jaeger-LeCoultre: while the two littlest titans keep on clashing, JLC just gradually maneuvers into the ring and throws out a champ while the other two swing away at one another. The two presumably didn’t have a clue what hit them until the residue cleared.

But, as usual, Piaget had an expert up its sleeve.

Quick Facts Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Squelette

Case: 38 mm x 3.6 mm, pink gold and white gold with jewel set bezel

Development: physically twisted type 849SQ, 1.85 mm stature, 21,600 vph/3 Hz recurrence

Capacities: hours, minutes

Impediment: 100 pieces

Cost: $58,500

1. Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept (2018/2020): 2.00 mm

Honestly, I would say this is to a greater degree a regal flush than simply a pro as it doesn’t simply get by Jaeger-LeCoultre and Bulgari’s case statures: it in a general sense pulverizes them. The Altiplano Ultimate Concept comes in at a shadow’s width of just 2 mm. That isn’t just the development; that is the situation, development, and precious stone all crushed into a stature that basically vanishes when you take a gander at it from the side.

Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept

But this watch nearly didn’t check, at any rate according to many. At the point when it initially appeared at the 2018 SIHH it was genuinely an idea watch and was delicate to such an extent that no one was permitted to contact it. The press could just glance at it and photo it from a good ways. Most questioned it could at any point come around as a creation watch.

After two years of tweaking and changes, also changing the material of the case to an extra-hard, super-unbending cobalt composite, the Altiplano Ultimate Concept was at long last delivered as a creation watch (ready to move in 2020), getting its spot as the most slender mechanical wristwatch on the planet according to everyone.

Thin enough? Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept

The chances are it might never be beat, in any event sooner rather than later, since it as of now is so amazingly dainty that to go more slender gives no focal points and essentially would be for setting a record.

Perhaps it has covered the rush to the base, however just for a period just, manual winding watch. There are still huge loads of classifications that could be dispersed and crunched into ever more modest case thicknesses. That might be the place where the records lie: with much more complicated watches. In the event that we could see a chronograph under 5 mm or a fabulous complication under 6 mm it would unquestionably be an accomplishment to take a stab at that many would likely applaud.

Bulgari’s automatic Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT has just gotten darn shut down at 6.9 mm in tallness . . .

Quick Facts Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept

Case: 41 x 2 mm, cobalt amalgam, sapphire gem 0.2 mm in stature, level adaptive crown

Development: super slight manual-wind Caliber 900P-UC, 28,800 vph/4 Hz recurrence, 40-hour power hold

Capacities: hours, minutes

Impediment: 3 every year, by extraordinary request just, just accessible through Piaget shops

Cost: on request

Authors note: I may have missed a few watches, and there might be different Piaget models from history that coordinate the thicknesses of the early Piaget pieces I have recorded. In the event that you are aware of any, vibe allowed to share. This rundown is basically pretty much as exact as the degree of my exploration and information could permit. History is hard when you weren’t there!

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