Piaget brand’s three ALTIPLANO series meteorite-faced watches, this unique material is decorated on the dial, giving the watch a low-key luxury charm. Later, some netizens pointed out that the dial made of this material is good-looking, but is it pure natural? Will it be worth its expensive price? So today, let us take a look at what is the secret of this material.
Graphene meteorite bracelet
Most foreign “materials,” such as meteorites, come from asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, and a few come from the moon and Mars. Typically, meteorites are primarily black, gray, or brown. Some meteorites have blue, yellow, and red fragments; different textures lead to other colors. White and light-colored meteorites are very rare. Meteorites have strange patterns and are full of mystery. This foreign “substance” cannot be refuted by our naked eyes and can only be identified through professional instruments.
Graphene meteorite bracelet
Meteorites can be divided into three types: stony meteorites (top), iron meteorites (lower left), and stony-iron meteorites (lower right)
It is said that a long time ago, starting from the ancient Egyptian era, people began to use meteorites as jewelry decoration. For that era, diamonds, shells, etc., could be used as cheap decorations, so it should not be surprising that the material of meteorites. Meteorites can be roughly divided into stony meteorites (the main component is silicate), iron meteorites (iron-nickel alloy), and stony-iron meteorites (a mixture of iron and silicate). Because meteorites are more complex than ordinary minerals, they are both hard. It is also fragile, tough to make, and cannot use traditional techniques. Therefore, no matter how exquisite it is to be made into an ornament, it requires meticulous craftsmanship by top-level masters from all walks of life.
Dial made of meteorite material.
Although humans have long begun to use meteorites as jewelry decoration, in the 21st century, the watch industry began to use meteorite materials as watch replicas dials. The first brand to use meteorite materials to make dials was a well-known brand – Rolex.
Rolex’s Daytona model, numbered 116519MT, is made of the Gibeon meteorite discovered in the Namibian desert in Africa in 1836. However, since the mining of meteorites was banned in this desert in the early 20th century, the existence of such meteorites has become very rare.
For everyone, the high value of meteorites is not only due to the difficulty in obtaining raw materials but also due to the unique characteristics they can give to watches. After polishing, iron meteorites composed of iron and nickel symbiotics will usually have a pattern called Widmanstättenpatterns, a standard nickel-iron crystal structure in nickel-iron meteorites. This kind of meteorite has a long history, traced back to the celestial explosion at the beginning of the solar system’s formation. The effect of this texture is entirely different, so the dial of the newly released Speedmaster “Grey Gray” meteorite watch by Omega is also the “Gibeon” meteorite that Rolex has been using. Although it comes from the same source, it has been processed by different craftsmen. The master’s craftsmanship gives each watch its unique aesthetics. Replica Rolex watches.
The Omega Speedmaster Bright Moon Gray “Meteorite” watch uses facets of the Gibeon meteorite to make the dial.
Jaeger-LeCoultre launched two MasterCalendar Meteorite watches with different meteorite colors in 2015
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Meteorite Dial Special Edition
Of course, many brands later used this material to make dials so that I won’t go into detail here.
Meteorite dial: extraordinary material combined with transcendent technology
Altiplano series watches
Altiplano series gold dial watch
At the 29th Geneva International Watch and Clock Fair, the three ALTIPLANO series meteorite-faced watches launched by Piaget are made of this excellent meteorite material and combined with Piaget’s most classic ultra-thin movement manufacturing. The bottom adopts a back-through design, and the operating status of the movement can be observed through the sapphire crystal glass. It is equipped with a 1203P self-winding movement internally, and the thickness of the movement is only 3 mm.
Altiplano blue meteorite dial
This is the essence of Piaget’s ability to create ultra-thin watches, which allowed the brand to shine in the 1960s and 1970s. The movement has been finely polished, showing circular Geneva ripples, chamfers, and other modifications.
Watches made of this material are indeed expensive. In addition, this material indirectly leads to the limited release of watches, and the difficulty of buying them has also skyrocketed. However, considering its value, it is still worth getting started. Therefore, interested friends, You can give it a try!
Case Color: Silver-tone
Case Thickness: 15mm
Dial Color: Meteorite Dial
Band Width: 20mm