Slimming Down: 7 of the Thinnest Timepieces

By Sophie Stevens
27 September 2018
Piaget's Altiplano Ultimate Concept measures just 2mm thick

Piaget's Altiplano Ultimate Concept measures just 2mm thick

As watchmakers continue pushing for ever-thinner designs, we look at some of the leading leanest collections.

Altiplano Ultimate Concept, Piaget

Marking the 60th anniversary celebrations of the iconic Altiplano collection, the world’s thinnest mechanical hand-wound watch measures a mere 2mm thick. It pays tribute to the historical Calibre 9P movement that measured the same size and took four years and five patents to achieve.

Piaget-Altiplano-Ultimate-Concept

Altiplano Ultimate Concept, Dhs 107,000, Piaget

Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra Thin, Audemars Piguet

The 2018 version features the 8.1mm case crafted from titanium – as well as the bracelet – for extra lightness and a sleek contrast with the smoked blue “Petit Tapissserie” dial. With a long waiting list, however, you'll have to wait a while to get your hands on this coveted timepiece.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra Thin

Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra Thin, Dhs 123,310, Audemars Piguet

Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Ref. 5738R

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the design, Patek Philippe has released this version in rose gold with an ebony black sunburst dial. The PP Calibre 240 measures 2.53mm in its surrounding case of 5.9mm.

Patek Philippe Ellipse

Golden Ellipse Ref. 5738R, Dhs 101,740, Patek Philippe

Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, Bvlgari

The record for the world’s thinnest automatic watch was briefly held by Piaget at SIHH 2018 (in addition to the thinnest mechanical hand-wound timepiece – see above), but was quickly beaten by Bvlgari at Baselworld just two months later. With the newly developed Calibre BVL 288 measuring 1.95mm thick, the sandblasted titanium case comes in at a sheer 3.95mm and displays all the inner workings in a skeletonised design.

Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, approximately Dhs 433,443, Bvlgari

Saxonia Thin in copper blue, A. Lange & Söhne

“Less is more” is the driving principle behind the latest Saxonia version, with its 6.2mm white gold case housing the 2.9mm manufacture calibre L093.1. The elegant feel is completed by the crisp contrast with a copper-blue dial of shimmering goldstone, matching this traditional 17th-century facing technique with contemporary timepiece design.

A Lange Sohn Saxonia Thin Copper Blue

Saxonia Thin in copper blue, Dhs 85,000, A. Lange & Söhne

L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer, Chopard

At 3.3mm thick, Chopard’s super slim L.U.C 96.01-L calibre is visible through a hinged back cover, which does little to change the overall 7.7mm measurements when open or closed. Both the back cover and the dial feature hand-guilloché decoration that futher contribute to its refined character.

Chopard LUC XPA Officer

L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer, Dhs 113,100, Chopard

Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367, Breguet

For 2018 Breguet added a “Grand Feu” enamel dial to their Grandes Complications collection for simple elegance that focuses on the tourbillon revealed at 5 o’clock. Complementing this understated look is the watch’s slim dimensions, with a case thickness of 7.45 mm and 3mm movement housed in either rose gold or platinum versions.

Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra Plat

Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367, from Dhs 618,495, Breguet