SIHH 2016 will be a truly exciting year for Swiss watchmaker Piaget as it marks the 40th anniversary of the brand’s first ever in-house quartz movement – the ultra thin 7P calibre.
First released in 1976, Piaget are today looking to recapture this past glory with the new and innovative Emperador Coussin XL 700P. The latest timepiece to debut at SIHH in Geneva is an unusual hybrid between a mechanical calibre and a generator, thus combining both mechanical and quartz components within one bold timepiece.
To highlight this merger of fine Swiss watchmaking and reliable electronic regulation, the mechanical heart of the Emperador Coussin XL 700P is regulated by the high frequency of a quartz oscillating at 32’768Hz which controls the speed of the generator at 5.33 turns per second.
This ensures that an extremely high degree of precision as well as perfect resistance to magnetic fields and gravity is present. The front face of the watch features an offset oscillating weight and the generator which forms an intricate figure 8.
The entire movement is housed in a cushion-shaped case with a 46.5mm diameter to make it a fine companion for any black tie event. Only 118 pieces of the Emperador Coussin XL 700P will be issued.