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INTRODUCING: Piaget Polo 36MM Date

The Piaget Polo 36mm Date in stainless steel case with calf leather strap.

A new version of the highly popular Polo watch is now available exclusively online.

Thirty-six is the new 40. At least, that’s what the watch industry wants us to think. The sub-40mm size, once seen as a trending secondary category, has become standard today. There are many reasons for this evolution. One is an increased preference for simple and discreet sports-luxe models, which need less real estate on the watch dial. Another is an increased appreciation for design-centric watches from the post-Quartz watchmaking era, translated into contemporary designs today. A third is simply a desire for watches that fit well on any wrist and gender. 

The Piaget Polo 36mm Date in steel case with calf leather strap.
The Piaget Polo 36mm Date in steel with calf leather strap.

It’s why Piaget is introducing a new Polo watch that’s sized at 36mm with a slim case profile. Announced just two weeks after Watches and Wonders 2023, the new Polo 36mm Date is housed in steel and comes without diamonds on the bezel or indexes, making this the simplest version of the Polo in the collection.

The new watch reference houses the ultra-thin, self-winding 500P1 Manufacture calibre, which offers a 40-hour power reserve with a full-sized oscillating weight treated with a dark grey finish. The movement is decorated with circular Geneva stripes, circular graining on the mainplate, and bevelled bridges with a mirror finish.

The exhibition caseback of the Piaget Polo 36mm Date reveals the 500P1 manufacture calibre.
The exhibition caseback of the Piaget Polo 36mm Date reveals the 500P1 manufacture calibre.

The case and bezel are identical to the Piaget Polo Date with diamond indexes and the Piaget Polo Date with gem-set bezel and indexes. In this model, the hour markers are painted with luminous material, with skeletonised hands and a date window at 6 o’clock.

The dial bears the same horizontal grooved guilloché stamping as all other Polo models. It comes in a midnight blue hue, which is only available in the 36mm size for now. At just 8.8mm thick, the case highlights Piaget’s expertise in ultra-thin watchmaking. It’s ideal for formal or casual wear.

The Piaget Polo 36mm Date comes in a midnight blue hue, sans diamonds, ideal for everyday wear by everyone.
The Piaget Polo 36mm Date comes in a midnight blue hue, sans diamonds, ideal for everyday wear by everyone.

The watch is paired with a blue calf leather strap with a folding buckle. Both are easily changeable, and if you have an existing 36mm Polo bracelet, you can easily swap them out for a different look and feel.

The watch will soon be available on Piaget’s website – it’s exclusively available online – and local pricing is at S$16,000. It’s unclear at this point if a braceleted option will be available, but we certainly love how the watch looks with a calf leather strap, a first for the Polo. (Other versions have come with a silicone strap or alligator leather.) Hit the Piaget website for more information, or enquire at its boutiques to find out when it will be available.  

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.


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