Piaget History


In the Swiss Jura mountains at over 1000 meters altitude, sits the small village of La Côte-aux-Fées. This is where Georges-Édouard Piaget ignited the spirit of our Maison.


Georges-Édouard Piaget felt a passion for watchmaking from a young age, in 1874 at only 19 he set up his first workshop on the family farm. Here, he dedicated himself to creating high precision movements and components. Even in these early days, his motto ""always do better than necessary"" is what pushed him to have a self-surpassing attitude that would continue to motivate Piaget today.

From La Côte-aux-Fées to the world, from the farm to the Atelier, what drives Piaget remains the same, a dedication to excellence.


Piaget evolved at the hands of Timothée Piaget, Georges-Édouard's son. He transformed the company from being a manufacturer of movements to a creator of luxury wristwatches and pocket watches. In 1943 Piaget became a registered trademark and two years later, a new larger manufacture was set up in their home of La Côte-aux-Fées, laying the groundwork for the Piaget we know today. This acceleration was carried on by the third generation of the Piaget family, Gérald and Valentin Piaget.


The obsession with the ultra-thin started with Valentin Piaget, who pursued this sleek technicality to cement it as a signature of the brand. In 1957, the mechanical hand-wound 9P caliber is what brought Piaget to center stage for ultra-thin movements, causing a splash at the Basel Fair. In 1960, the journey continued with the ingenious micro-rotor concept that enabled Piaget to create the thinnest automatic movement in the world, 12P caliber This established Piaget as the reference for elegance in men's ultra-thin watches.


In 1959, the first ""Salon Piaget"" was launched in Geneva. It was created to be a welcoming place where Piaget could share our creativity and savoir-faire, by showing the first of Piaget's luxury jewelry creations alongside refined timepieces.

Geneva also became home to Piaget's ateliers that specialized in goldsmithing and gem-setting, meaning the Maison could master every aspect of the production of our fine pieces.


Another motto that has defined the history of Piaget was coined by Valentin Piaget when he asked Maison's designers to ""do what has never been done before.""

This instruction is what caused a sensation in 1963 when the first watches with ornamental stones set into the dial were released. This was explored further with the era-defining and vibrantly colorful ""21st Century Collection"".

It was these glamorous and daring designs that attracted the attention of some of the brightest shining stars of the time like Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and Sophia Loren. This display of artistry is also what laid the foundations for great friendships with artists, beginning with Salvador Dalí in 1967.


Piaget became synonymous with elegance, luxury and ""beautiful people"" under the 4th generation of the family with Yves Piaget.

Piaget events became the place to be. The relaxed elegance of the time was crafted in gold in 1979 with the Piaget Polo watch, becoming the emblem of an era of luxury and tying the brand to Polo, the sport of kings.


At the end of the 20th century, Possession was the collection that allowed Piaget's spirit of freedom to flourish, with playful pieces that expressed the complete mastery of savoir-faire developed by the Maison.

From luxury watches to fascinating high jewellery creations, it marked the future of Piaget and brought in the new century. It also marked the birth of Altiplano, an ultra-thin watch from the collection which was renamed after the South American plateau.

In 2001 Piaget also opened a new Atelier in Plan-les-Ouates, sowing the seeds for the exciting future of Piaget.
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Piaget is a luxury watch and jewelry brand based in Switzerland. The company was founded in 1874 by Georges Piaget in the village of La Côte-aux-Fées. Piaget is known for its high-quality watches and jewelry, as well as for its use of advanced technology and craftsmanship. The brand is particularly well-known for its ultra-thin watches, such as the Altiplano and the Emperador, and for its use of precious stones and materials in its jewelry collections. Piaget is also known for its commitment to traditional watchmaking techniques and for its use of in-house movements. The brand’s watches are often considered status symbols, known for their elegance, refinement and exclusivity.


The company was founded by Georges Piaget in La Côte-aux-Fées, Switzerland.


Piaget launches its first ultra-thin mechanical movement, the caliber 9P.


Piaget introduces its first ultra-thin watch, the Caliber 12P.


Piaget launches the Altiplano 900P, the thinnest mechanical watch in the world.


Piaget launches its first in-house tourbillon movement, the caliber 1270P.


Piaget launches its first in-house skeleton movement, the caliber 838P.


Piaget celebrated its 140th anniversary.