The Piaget Polo is one of those models that always intended to be the underdog in the industry. As a solitary sports watch from a brand equally known for its timepieces as its high jewels, the Polo is not immediately overlooked by some collectors, as they do not normally think of Piaget as a brand that makes sports watches. Immediately turn off the model because they feel its design is a little too close to other watches in the industry. Additionally, when you consider that the model you compare to the Piaget Polo (at least from an aesthetic point of view) is the Patek Philippe Aquanaut, it becomes clear that the Polo has always been more or less destined to have an uphill battle. Attracts mainstream attention.
Personally, I think some of the most successful Piaget Polo models embody Piaget’s own signature design ethos rather than aiming to look like a traditional sports watch. It’s not that I don’t want to see Piaget make sports watches; I love when the end result feels tied to Piaget’s great catalog, rather than something that could easily be produced by a completely different brand. Therefore, some of my favorite Piaget Polo models are the skeletonized versions, which incorporate the Polo’s defining case shape in an ultra-slim, open-worked package that gives it an overall look unlike what you get with something like an Aquanaut. . Although the green version of the Piaget Polo Skeleton Watch was unveiled just a month ago in July 2022, my favorite version is still the blue that brings Piaget’s skeleton design to life in the brand’s own company color.
Crafted from stainless steel, the case of the Piaget Polo Skeleton measures 42mm in diameter, yet it comes in at just 6.5mm-thick, striking a balance of being noticeably thinner without feeling delicate or fragile on the wrist. Sapphire crystals both sit atop the dial and are set into a screw-on caseback, while a small signed winding crown on the case side at 3 o’clock provides access to the movement. Although part of Piaget’s Polo sports watches, the skeletonized models have a minimum water resistance of 30 meters. When implemented by a quality manufacturer and fitted with fresh gaskets, the 30-meter depth rating actually provides surprising protection. Still, it would have been nice to see a little more of what many consider “splash resistance” in a model from the brand’s dedicated sports watches.
The blue skeletonized dial in the center of this version of the Piaget Polo Skeleton is not actually a dial, but the visible blue comes from the actual color of the mainplate and bridges of the movement. The hour markers on the faces are attached to a matching blue ring containing a minute tack and surround the perimeter of the dial, while a pair of skeletonized center-set hands indicate the time. In the Piaget Polo Skeleton models the functionality is limited to just the hour and minutes, and the parts of the movement are cut in such a way as to maximize the open space. Due to the open-working level on the polo skeleton, the Piaget dial signature appears all over the left-hand corner of the dial, while the brand name also appears on the reverse side of the micro-rotor oscillating. weight, and is visible through the dial side of the movement as it rotates and winds the watch.
Despite the different color finishes, the various Piaget Polo Skeleton models are all powered by the same in-house Caliber 1200S1 automatic movement with a highly open-worked design, featuring a transverse bridge for the balance wheel and an innovative micro-rotor layout. The striking blue mainplate is finished with a sunburst satin-brushed finish and while the movement is technically very impressive from a design point of view due to the rotor design and skeletonization, it is important to remember that the functionality is limited to hours and minutes only. By day, the Piaget Polo Skeleton is a time-only watch at its core. Running at a frequency of 21,600vph with a power reserve of approximately 44 hours, the Piaget Cal. The 1200S1’s aim is to create open spaces to contrast with its bright blue bridges, and the mainspring barrel is also skeletonized, allowing you to see the spring coil through cutouts at the top of the watch’s dial.
All the different colors of the Piaget Polo Skeleton watch come standard on a matching stainless steel H-link bracelet fitted with a double push-button, butterfly-style clasp. With this in mind, each one comes with an additional alligator leather strap that is coordinated to match the dial. Both the leather strap and metal bracelet have quick-release pins at the lugs to allow you to quickly switch between options, and it’s clear that Piaget intends for owners of its Polo Skeleton watches to enjoy both regularly. Given the slightly limited aesthetic versatility of blue alligator leather, I imagine most owners will choose to wear a stainless steel bracelet on the watch most of the time. However, the fact that a leather strap is included means that buyers don’t have to decide between the two options when buying the Polo Skeleton at retail, nor do they have to double up on their purchase and buy a strap as an extra add-on. -On the item from their retailer or boutique.
With its overall case shape and large bezel with brushed surfaces certainly reminiscent of some other famous watches in the industry, the Blue Piaget Polo Skeleton feels like a true timepiece for the brand that created it. When I think of Piaget as a watchmaking company, I often think of ultra-slim timepieces with refined designs, and this Polo Skeleton watch delivers on those expectations, with an overall aesthetic that’s much sportier than you’ll find in the rest. Catalog of the brand. While the Piaget Polo Skeleton in Blue isn’t limited edition, it’s not cheap either, and the watch currently has an official retail price of $30,900 USD – That’s a lot when you consider that, at its core, it’s a time-only stainless steel watch. However, many other luxury brands charge a lot more for their stainless steel sports watches, and most of the competition doesn’t offer a skeletonized design or a powerful color-coordinated micro-rotor movement. For more information, please visit Brand’s website.