This past July, 10 global ambassadors (including the darling Ryan Reynolds), and international press from around the globe descended on New York to much fanfare as Piaget dropped cover on what one could say is its boldest offering of the year.
2016 Piaget Polo S
Sure, their Emperador Coussin XL 700P that launched at SIHH is a technical marvel you just can’t ignore, but the Polo S marked a very significant move from Piaget to launch an entry-level steel watch to draw in a younger and more casual clientele.
Details of the Polo S
The Polo S uses a familiar combination of a flat brushed bezel, baton hour indices, and horizontal ridges across its dial, as well as a cushion-type case with a certain square-inside-a-circle design to it that’s also seen in the Emperador, among others. In each of its different colorways, the Polo S’ dial is quite brilliant and reflective, and can catch one’s eye from clear across the room.
Coming in at 42mm and only 9.4mm thick in 3-hand form, it feels quite substantial on the wrist — living in that perfect dress-up-or-dress-down sweet spot. The Polo S would look just as sharp paired with denim and a nice tee as it would tucked under a shirt cuff at the office. If you’ve made it this far, here’s the point you’re really going to care about.
The Polo S is the brand’s new point of entry, starting at $9,350 for the 3-hand model, and $12,400 for the chronograph. Contrary to a number of articles released at the launch, this isn’t Piaget’s first ever steel watch. Among others, the Piaget Upstream was available in stainless steel up until it was discontinued in 2007.
In-House 1110P & 1160P Caliber
Now, the $10k ballpark isn’t exactly cheap when we are talking about steel watches, but don’t forget we’re still talking about Piaget here. Rather than being powered by your average off the shelf automatic — of course Piaget wouldn’t let that happen — the brand designed two all new in-house calibers to power the new Polo S models.
The 3-hand model is powered by the all new 1110P caliber, which is good for 50 hours of power reserve and measures a mere 4mm thick. When it comes to the 1160P two-register date chronograph (my personal favorite chronograph configuration, reminiscent of the old Valjoux 7734), its movement thickens to 5.72mm, bringing the watch’s overall thickness up to 11.2mm and its power reserve is unchanged.
No matter how you slice it, revamping Piaget’s Polo collection with this steel model was a very smart move. The redesign is a real breath of fresh air into the Polo collection. The original model was a great hit back in the late ‘70s and the new Polo S is going to find plenty of fans — myself included.