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Swiss replica watchmakers get to grips with quartz

Marking the 40th anniversary of its first quartz movement,Piaget presents the Emperador Coussin XL 700P. This unconventional timepiece, produced as a limited edition of 188 pieces, is driven by a mechanical calibre with a quartz regulator.

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Piaget Replica Emperador Coussin XL – 46.5 mm

Gone are the days when quartz rhymed with women’s replica watches or bottom-of-the-range. Recent years have witnessed some surprising developments in quartz calibres, as though Swiss watchmakers had finally put the so-called quartz crisis of the 1970s behind them, and were ready to make this technology a source of creativity. First came the Urwerk EMC in 2013, a mechanical watch with an electronic brain that monitored rate. Then came the F.P. Journe Elégante, whose quartz movement automatically switches to sleep mode when a sensor detects a lack of movement exceeding 30 minutes. A slew of interesting developments followed in 2015 that introduced complications to quartz calibres. These included moon phases (Certina),world time (Hamilton) and retrograde calendar functions (Mercury). Now the latest innovation to date is the Emperador Coussin XL 700P from Piaget, whose mechanical movement incorporates a quartz regulator.

Bye-bye sprung balance

Invented in 1967 at the Centre Electronique Horloger in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and brought to market by Japanese brand Seiko in 1969, the quartz movement uses the mineral’s piezoelectric properties to divide time into fractions. When a wafer of quartz is placed under tension, its geometric crystal structure vibrates at a constant rate of 32,768 times a second. A battery-powered integrated circuit maintains these vibrations and sends electrical impulses that drive the seconds hand.

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46.5 mm Replica Piaget Replica Emperador Coussin XL UK

There is no battery in Piaget’s new replica watches. Its 700P movement is based on a traditional mechanical movement. The barrel, which is wound by an off-centred mini-rotor, drives a conventional gear train. The “trick” is how this continuous force is regulated: the movement’s designers have replaced the traditional sprung balance with a miniature generator which, as it rotates, produces an electric current that supplies energy to a quartz. Instead of driving the hands, this quartz is a timing package which ensures the generator rotates at precisely 5.33 turns/second – close to 4 Hz. The generator thus takes the place of the oscillator. The rotor is directly connected to the going train and rotates at the required frequency to give the time. Were it to accelerate, the quartz regulator alerts a processor and the movement is slowed.

One second a day

“This is a very reliable system,” confirms Eric Klein, director of movement strategy at Piaget. “It is unaffected by magnetic fields and highly shock-resistant. Furthermore, it has a chronometric performance of one second a day.” Developed to mark the 40th anniversary of Piaget’s first quartz movement – the extra-thin 7P introduced in 1976 – this Emperador Coussin XL 700P is proposed as a limited edition of 188 pieces and took two years to research and develop, with ten patents pending.

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46.5 mm Piaget Replica Emperador Coussin XL Watches

The principle behind a hybrid movement such as this is nothing new. As Eric Klein explains, the 700P builds on an original concept that was registered by Jean-Claude Berney in 1972. An engineer with Ebauches SA, Berney had been researching a means of doing away with batteries which, as well as being much larger than they are today, had a limited lifespan. Berney’s invention was never brought to market. Seiko, meanwhile, was trying to work its way around the same problems, although it was 20 years before the Japanese firm was ready to commercialise its Kinetic fake watches. An oscillating weight set in motion by the wearer’s movements is coupled to a rotor. This rotor, which is suspended with magnetic levitation, spins 100,000 times a minute – that’s five times faster than a Formula One engine! The energy thus produced travels through an integrated circuit to charge a super-capacitor, which replaces the battery. Following successive improvements, Seiko implemented its new technology on an automatic movement. Launched in 2005, this Spring Drive system bears a striking similarity to Piaget’s 700P calibre.

Piaget Replica Welcomes The Chinese New Year With Art & Excellence

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the playful and self-assured monkey, the ninth sign of the Chinese zodiac, takes centre stage on the dial of the Altiplano Cloisonné Enamel replica watch.

Piaget-replicaEvery year since 2012, Piaget has marked the arrival of the Chinese New Year with its “Art & Excellence” collection staging that year’s zodiac sign, hand-crafted in the great Grand Feu cloisonné enamelling tradition. From the mythical dragon to the regal stallion, the undulating snake to the free-spirited goat, each symbol is reimagined within the cheap replica watch’s ultra-thin case, as the dial becomes a magnificent stage set for a virtuoso performance of the most elaborate decorative arts.

Pairing the traditions of fine replica watchmaking with its unrelenting passion for artistry, Piaget pushes the boundaries of creativity, unleashing the talent of its craft masters and artisans, and challenging them to apply their ancestral techniques to the creation of distinctive pieces. World-renowned master enameller Anita Porchet has lent her skills to bring each Chinese zodiac sign to life in her own exceptional interpretation, turning the ultra-thin Altiplano watch into a refined work of art. One of the few artisans to master every single enamelling technique, Anita Porchet uses cloisonné for the “Art & Excellence” collection to better isolate the colours and ensure an optimally clear vision of the grey shading. By partitioning the enamel using cloisons, the refinement of the artwork is enhanced, giving the seated monkey its delicate glistening coat of fur as it proudly holds a peach, symbol of immortality, up against a soft sky-like background.

The patience and attention required at every stage of the process makes enamelling an art of perfection.  First, the artisan forms the motif with hollow partitions created with strips of gold, then crushes and mixes the pigments by hand before delicately applying the colours inside the partitions with a fine brush. The artistic virtuosity of the piece comes from the artist’s ability to achieve the subtlest shades of grey, graded from the more intense to the lighter, with a succession of flawless applications. In accordance with the tradition of grand feu enamels, the successive firing of the piece in the kiln at over 800°C gives the enamel its ethereal glow, and guarantees the longevity of the masterpiece.

Charming yet mischievous, the monkey is portrayed in the signature style of the collection defined by a vivid combination of black and white, as well as the countless details that give the motif life-like qualities. Adding fire and brilliance to a spectacular celebration of the Chinese New Year, the purity and vibrancy of the enamel work is enhanced by Piaget’s gem-setting expertise with the 18-carat white gold case set with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds. The intricate dial conceals a Replica Piaget 430P hand-wound mechanical manufacture movement.

The Altiplano “Art & Excellence” from the Chinese Zodiac collection is limited to just 38 pieces available exclusively in Piaget Boutiques