Piaget Emperador Coussin XL Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Watch

Piaget Emperador Coussin XL Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Watch

Piaget Emperador Coussin XL Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Watch Watch Releases

For SIHH 2013, Piaget will once again break a record when it comes to being thin with the Emperador Coussin XL Ultra Thin Minute Repeater. No we are not talking about anything related to "The Biggest Loser," but rather a new movement which is the thinnest of its kind. Traditionally, Piaget has been known for making very thin mechanical movements. A few years ago they revisited this pursuit and started to produce movements of various types and complications that are the thinnest of their kind.

If you look back in aBlogtoWatch archives you'll find a number of these watches. A few will probably be listed below under "Related Posts." Usually when Piaget has something slim to brag about they put an "Ultra Thin" title in the name of the piece. For 2013, Piaget has upped the ante even more by producing the world's thinnest minute repeater movement in the caliber 1290P. It also happens to be an automatic. The 1290P contains 407 parts and is just 4.8mm thick.

Piaget Emperador Coussin XL Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Watch Watch Releases

Piaget Emperador Coussin XL Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Watch Watch Releases

The Emperador Coussin XL Ultra Thin Minute Repeater watch has no dial, just a lovely view of the movement. The caseback is of course an exhibition back with a view of the gold micro-rotor for the automatic winding system. The movement is very much a Piaget in design and looks beautiful. There is a message around part of the minute repeater's regulator that reminds you the movement is made in Piaget's highest-end movement making facility in the small town of La Cote-Aux-Fees. Even though the watch has no dial, that doesn't mean it doesn't have hour indicators. There is probably a sapphire crystal middle section where the rose gold hour markers are applied. I appreciate open dials, but I appreciate open dials with hour markers even more.

While the watch is the thinnest automatic minute repeater around, it certainly isn't the smallest. The Piaget Emperador Coussin XL case is 48mm wide in 18k rose gold. The entire watch is just 9.4mm thin - pretty darn svelte for a minute repeater. While the dial is open, the minute repeater gongs and hammers are placed on the rear of the watch - but of course are still visible. Even though the minute repeater-based 1290P automatic movement is very compact, Piaget claims that the audio from the minute repeater is quite impressive at 65 decibels in volume. I don't really know what that translates into realistically, so I will have to check it out for myself at SIHH.

Piaget Emperador Coussin XL Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Watch Watch Releases

Piaget has already made the world's thinnest mechanical movement, automatic movement, and a range of others like the world's thinnest tourbillon and automatic tourbillon. Now that they have the most basic and most complicated movements down they have a chance to fill in the middle. Perhaps a really thin chronograph is due next? I bet that would be lovely. The 2013 Piaget Emperador Coussin XL Ultra Thin Minute Repeater will debut next month and will be priced at over $250,000 when it is eventually commercially released.

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  • DangerussArt

    Attn: Hublot, Carl Bucherer, Patek, Roger Dubuis – THIS is how you make an attractive skeleton movement. Compared to this, yours look like a can of watch parts. And don’t tell me it HAS to cost a quarter million dollars to look this good.

  • Humanloop

    It looks like two miniature hammers inside the message ring on the dial. Are they for looks or functional?….if they are strikers at all.

    • Those aren’t hammers. That is part of the minute repeater regulation system. It is an air regulator which spins around like a little fan when the repeater is activated.

    • nateb123

      Humanloop Those are the striking hammers.  Every minute repeater has them.  Google “Lange Zeitwerk Striking Time” for a better view of them.

      • Humanloop

        Yeah, I understand repeaters. . I was pointing out that (as mr. Adams points out) the two hammers on the back are the striking hammers….However…I am pointing out that it seems to have two on the front As Well. I was wondering if they were functional. Most repeaters do not have 4 strikers.

        • nateb123

          Humanloop That is the governor.  Every minute repeater has them as well.

  • Ulysses31

    Very nice indeed.  There should be a push for thinner watches in general; I don’t like having to strap a brick to my wrist since it can catch on something when you’re unaware and boom, there goes that nice polish.

  • cluedog12

    Aw nuts! If this fine repeater won’t be out in time for Christmas, what am I supposed to ask Santa for?
    Good call in the ultra-thin chronograph movement – the market* is dying for an entry in that department, but will it utilize cam-switching to shave off a few microns?
    * my dream market, where sensibly-sized watches are rewarded with sales


    I would definitely give a man a second look if I saw him wearing this. It’s sophisticated, imaginative, sexy AND masculine!

  • Kris C

    Tv-inside-a-circle…. Have we seen that before? The case shapes have Piaget written all over them for sure, but I think this might be a unique arrangement?
    Anyway, very lovely, although I wonder how it finds a home on a wrist? Certainly no sport watch, but at 48mm, all the snivelling purists on WUS andother places that like to think they know what’s best for everyone else can’t call this a dress watch, lest they contradict themselves horribly… What a grand ‘slag off’ it would be to wear this with your blue jeans and untucked sport shirt.

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