Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I was surprised when Piaget announced the new Polo S and Polo S Chronograph watches in July last year. Piaget already has a sports watch in the Polo FortyFive, but a new luxury sports watch in steel wasn’t something I was expecting from them. But with the benefit of hindsight, a luxury sports watch in steel is something that Piaget absolutely needs. The new Piaget Polo S and Polo S Chronograph watches are important for the brand because, first, their designs are more appealing to younger audiences, and second, they are considerably more affordable than Piaget’s more typical ultra-thin and dressy watches. So it is with these thoughts in mind today that I check out the new Piaget Polo S Chronograph watch as well as the Polo S Chronograph in black ADLC with a rubber strap, the non-chronograph version of which we also covered.

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Before I talk about the Polo S Chronograph watch, it is worth doing a quick recap of the new Piaget Polo S watches. Unofficially, the “S” stands for steel and sports. But perhaps more importantly, the design of these new watches has generated a lot of chatter online, mainly because of their resemblance to Patek Philippe’s Nautilus and Aquanaut. But I think that is mainly because most people are unaware of Piaget’s earlier Polo watch from the late '70s. If you are familiar with the vintage Polo, you’ll immediately see that the new Polo S watches have more in common with the vintage Polo than Patek Philippe’s Nautilus and Aquanaut.

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

That said, I won’t deny that there are similarities between the Polo S and the two similar-looking Patek Philippe sport watches, but, in the flesh, the Polo S has a much more distinctive design than what press photos would suggest. Further, the limited edition (there will be 888 made) Polo S Chronograph in black with its rubber strap gives a distinctly sleeker and younger style. Either way, both of these models present a relatively value-priced offering that is a notch above options from Omega and Rolex and are competitive with pieces like the Nautilus, Overseas, Royal Oak, etc...

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Piaget Polo S Chronograph comes in a 42mm stainless steel case and measures 11.4mm thick. These are pretty typical dimensions for a modern luxury sports chronograph. However, the thick bezel and the flat case back help make the watch look smaller than it actually is. In person, the flat case back helps keep the watch close to the wrist and creates the illusion of a thinner watch. It’s a fairly comfortable watch to wear.

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

On the wrist, the Polo S Chronograph exudes considerable presence thanks to its size and the fine work that Piaget has done with the case. It is well-finished and combines elements of round and cushion-shaped cases for a rather distinctive look - the bezel is round and the cushion-shaped dial is somewhere between the two. Water resistance is 100 meters, which is adequate for a sports watch.

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The bracelet is nicely crafted too, with a mixture of polished and satin-brushed links. However, I do feel that for a luxury sports watch, the bracelet ought to taper in order to create a more elegant look. Here, the Polo S Chronograph’s bracelet has a uniform width throughout that doesn’t look as stylish as the other elements of the watch, in my opinion. As for the rubber strap on the black version, there were mixed opinions on the standard Polo S black version. Still, the stitching lends at least somewhat of a refined look to the often more affordable material.

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Polo S Chronograph is available with a blue, white, or gray dial. The limited edition variant that can be distinguished by its dark black dial, ADLC-treated bezel, and black rubber strap also has a red-tipped seconds hand. The dials all have horizontal pinstripes that pay homage to the vintage Piaget Polo watch. The horizontal guilloche created some controversy as the Nautilus is so closely associated with the design choice but it certainly isn't unique to it and Piaget executes it confidently.

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

In the case of the Polo S Chronograph watch, I must say that the entire dial is pretty well executed for its price. There’s a high level of finishing exhibited here. The applied indices are beveled to help catch light, and are neatly applied with Super-Luminova, as are the hour and minute hands. The date window at 6 o’clock even has a frosted finish on the frame. The dial is clean too, with minimal text - only “Piaget” and “Automatic” - and the subdials for the elapsed hours and running seconds. That said, my favorite detail of the entire dial has to be the central seconds hand, which has an openworked letter “P” as a counterweight.

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Polo S Chronograph is driven by Piaget’s 1160P movement, which has all the features you would expect from a modern high-end chronograph movement. It has a column wheel and vertical clutch, beats at 4Hz, and has an above average power reserve of 50 hours. When the Piaget 1160P is closely observed and compared with fellow Richemont brand Cartier’s 1904-CH MC, you will see that there are lots of similarities between the two. Make of that what you will, but I don’t see this as a problem.

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

More importantly is the fact that there’s a display case back and that the movement is quite nicely finished. The large rotor blocks much of the view, but at least it is well decorated with circular Côtes de Genève and the Piaget coat of arms. The main plate also features circular Côtes de Genève with beveled bridges and blued screws. And, naturally, the black model has an anthracite balance wheel.

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Piaget Polo S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Piaget Polo S Chronograph will face tough competition, but what it has going for it is its distinctive styling, fine craftsmanship, and the fact that it is a Piaget. In addition to the sports watch offerings from Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and Audemars Piguet, I can also imagine the Polo S Chronograph offering a compelling alternative for someone seeking a more distinctive and less common alternative to the Rolex Daytona. For readers who value individualism and uniqueness, the Piaget Polo S Chronograph makes a very strong case for itself. The Piaget Polo S Chronograph is priced at $12,400 and the Polo S Chronograph black version with rubber strap is priced at $11,950piaget.com

What do you think?
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  • Andy

    I wouldn’t mind having one of these. But how is the cost justified?

  • Saul Sloota

    Kudos for not mentioning Van Wilder.

  • Word Merchant

    I like the look and finishing of this watch, but I have a few reservations:

    1. The crown isn’t quite hefty enough for its surrounding pushers and indeed the entire watch.
    2. The date wheel should be coloured to match the dial; however its shape, size and position is good.
    3. The bracelet looks horrible and doesn’t suit the watch at all. This is a strap-only watch.
    4. The price is quite keen, but to be honest, with the usual caveats, not totally mad. A Rolex ceramic Daytona, assuming you can get one, comes in a bit cheaper.

    • Andy

      Yes, you are right. That bracelet is not my cup of tea either.

      • Yep, bracelet is a miss.

        • SPITX206

          No micro adjustment. When you take out or put in a link you are left with a watch that is either too tight or too loose, similar to the Brequet Type XXI bracelet. At that price I’d like a watch that you can make fit.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    All in all, not a bad watch, a legible chronograph is a good start. The not quite round look is a bit off putting. I’ve voted them the most boring pushers ever, no thought has gone into them at. The dial although clear enough is verging on plasticy and boring. And lastly 12 large, honestly there is meant to be a recession on

    * Clunk™

  • Jonathan Smith

    I like the rotor, though it reminds me of a certain PP

  • The ugliest seconds hand counterweight since Ball. I thought the “P” was a trumpet.

  • Nice looking, I dig it and would not confuse it with a Nautilus (similar at the sorta are).

    But I guess with the watch industry woes being what they are, I was hoping it would have come in a bit cheaper. For this kind of money, I’d rather have a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe (just a bit more at 13,800 CHF).

    I think the matching circular geneva stripes (width and placement) on the rotor and those on the movements bridges is a thoughtful touch.

  • Not that there’s anything wrong with it, per se, but it doesn’t exactly jump out at me. The bracelet looks clunky and mismatched to the case, and the rubber strap looks like a $10 item that eBay sellers include with old Seiko divers they’ve had laying around.

    If you put $20K in my hand and told me to choose a not-quite round, not-quite square unconventionally-shaped chronograph that departs from the Daytona that “everyone” has, and my choices were The Piaget, the Nautilus, the Royal Oak or the VC Overseas, I’d happily take your money, fly to Munich, and buy one of these:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/436b89c9c672d73d13e8b7b83a976fe5cfdfabf36ff35d12db6fa38411192d8e.jpg

    • simon

      Hit the nail on the head with the Glashutte senator 70’s chrono. That is the watch this Piaget should be compared to. Piaget wants everyone to compare their watch to the Nautilus, and Royal Oak, as the price gap is quite severe at retail…..and even grey market once you compare them both. However, when comparing it to the Senator 70’s…..the Piaget doesn’t have that much value, considering you get 3 additional complications with the GO, for only 2k more.

  • BNABOD

    Fit and finish looks good aside from the crappy looking rubber strap. As others have pointed out the clasp and the bracelet are not in par w the rest of the watch. These clasp I get it take less space than your regular diver big mama adjustable ones but I have yet to find one that fits well. GS has a clasp that is on the smaller side so maybe something like that would have been best w some clever micro adjustment. Movement finish while not earth shattering looks good. Make it 7-8gs and you got yourself a serious chrono figher in your hands.

  • SuperStrapper

    I actually don’t want to like this, maybeonly because I just don’t see Piaget as a sports chronograph brand. But this is actually not bad. I have a bit if a hard time with the square-in-a-circle (cushion?) But its not awful. The bracelet looks well made but as has been mentioned, could be more refined. The red tipped seconds hand and boring rubber strap variant is a miss for sure, but the muted tones of the other version does have an appeal.

  • Han Cnx

    Ooh, that may be the best Nautilus homage watch I’ve ever seen.

  • JF Schnell

    Looks like a bit of a Royal Oak, nautilus and the Overseas… where is the uniqueness of this watch. If cheaper ok I would get it but also the others are already the establishment and lots of collectors would get it because of that. Anyway, even if I had that money i would get this one because it doesn’t look so different than the old school ones.

  • drThrillman

    Unrelated to the watch…..what company makes that navy blue and red shirt? looks fantastic

  • Marius

    Overall, this is not a terrible watch, but I have three problems with it.

    Firstly, I don’t understand why this watch gets so much coverage. Hodinkee in particular has featured quite a few articles on a timepiece that is neither particularly original nor interesting & innovative.

    Secondly, watch blogs keep repeating that yes, the Polo S doesn’t have an original design, but that it’s considerably cheaper than an AP Royal Oak/Patek Aquanaut. Well I’m sorry, but $12,000 is still a lot of money, and for this price I would like to get a watch with an original design and a very good movement. Sure, if this Piaget cost $3,000, then I would understand buying one; however, I find it absolutely ridiculous to pay over $12,000 for a Piaget with a knock-off design and a Cartier movement. If you really like the design of the Royal Oak/Aquanaut/Overseas, then my advice is this: buy a pre-owned Royal Oak 15300ST; 15400ST, or a Patek Aquanaut. You can very easily find this watches for $14,000-$15,000.

    Lastly, even if we make abstraction from the fact that the Polo S has a rather derivative design, I still don’t see what would warrant the over $12,000 price. The case and dial are of a good quality, but nothing spectacular. The movement, as the article mentioned, is practically a slightly better-finished Cartier caliber. Sure, it’s decent, but not that impressive. For exactly the same price you could buy an IWC Portugiese Chronograph, which is also overpriced, but at least offers an original & iconic design, and a much more attractive in-house flyback chronograph movement.

    • As a side note, I was expecting four or more observations from you Marius on this watch. What happened? 🙂

      • Marius

        The explanation is as fallows:

        Watches in the sub-$5,000 will receive no comment from Marius, as cheap watches are vicious, nasty, and vile.

        Watches in the $5,000 – $10,000 range will receive the Marius one-point comment. For me, an $8,000 watch is the barely minimum that I would accept, so a one-point comment is more than enough.

        Watches in the $10,000 – $20,000 will receive the Marius two-point comment. Timepieces in this price range start to get somewhat interesting, so I can graciously add another point to my comment.

        Lastly, timepieces costing over $20,000 will receive the famous Marius three-point comment.

        • Wow. You should wear cufflinks with those rules finely engraved on them. 🙂

  • Beefalope

    Ugly, overpriced, derivative crap.

  • TheChuphta

    I’m probably being thick, but the article says it has a running seconds subdial. Where? Does the elapsed hour register work as a running seconds when the chrono isn’t engaged?

    • Gokart Mozart

      Good question. I guess it was a mistake in the article

  • Lawrence

    Bracelet is too thick at the clasp

  • Shinytoys

    Beautiful watch at a somewhat reasonable price. Love the guilloche dial…

  • Ian john horwood

    Its poor value for money , i’ll stick with my sbgc003 thanks very much.

  • Ian john horwood

    Glashutte 70’s is definately a nicer prospect too.

  • sfbaydawg221

    A 12,000 dollar knock-off :O !!

  • Gokart Mozart

    Piaget watches I do not understand? I have never seen a person outside of a Piaget boutique wear one, who buys them? Does anybody here own a Piaget? Anybody….?

    Are Piagets the watch equivalent of Honda except that one is common and one is not. By this I mean except for the Type R Hondas up to a few years ago in the OK the only people who buy them are old Age Pensioners.

    I know they do a decent thin watch, but it is one of the only proper watch brands that I can think of that produce not one single watch that I would buy. And I am being a dreamer hear as well by having won a multi rollover lottery as well.

    To put it in perspective, the guys who know my thoughts on Rolex, well I would buy a Rolex instead. For those that don’t, you would need to put a gun to my head to make be part with my hard earned cash on a Rolex.

    The closest to a cool Piaget is this, and that is only so I could put the watch on and off in front of people.

    http://www.passions.com.sg/v2/files/imagecache/watermark/files/3243-Piaget5.jpg

    • TechUser2011

      > Does anybody here own a Piaget?

      Why does this even matter? Ablogtowatch users are typically watch flippers who will trade two Steinharts for an Oris. Piaget is a high end brand. Totally out of your league.

      • SuperStrapper

        Badass identified.

      • Saul Sloota

        And how many Daniel Wellingtons did it take for you to acquire your Apple Watch?

      • Kuroji

        Hahahahahaha!

      • IG

        And 3 Seikos for one Steinhart.

  • R Khalifa

    Was not excited by these when first announced but the more I see it the more I like it, at least in all SS. Still not a fan of the DLC bezel.

  • Chaz

    Piaget coming into the expensive, integrated look, steel icon watch game about 40 years too late.

  • otaking241

    Have to admit this design has been growing on me since it was launched, and the chrono is possibly the best looking one in the bunch. The dial is very well balanced overall, and all of the elements just “work” in this configuration, IMO.

    Still wish they could have come up with a better bracelet (why is it that AP is the only top-shelf watch maker with a truly great bracelet?) but it does look good on the strap. Will be interested to try on of these on when I get a chance.

  • Kuroji

    I like these, but that’s a tough price point for an SS watch.

  • Richard Baptist

    Every time I see this watch, I don’t know the point of its existence. It’s not a great value in my opinion, it’s not particularly interesting design wise, the movement is not well decorated, nor particularly innovative with interesting complications. I think this was designed by committee with the brief of not to be too controversial. There are so many more interesting watches to get for the cost of this watch, that I think why?

  • A_watches

    i rather save a bit more and get a preowned royal oak 15400

  • Phil leavell

    Does not the conglomerate that owns VC ,IWC Company 2 and that would make this extremely low end fashion watch for them either way I’m not impressed

  • Kevinfm248@yahoo.com

    I like this watch. It is very beautiful and appears to be a great value.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Not the worst Nautilus/Aquanaut clone. But it looks a little bit like a TV set from the fifties.