Insider: Presenting the New Piaget Polo S Chronograph. Hands-on with an In-House Chronograph Under $13,000 USD.

Yesterday, we brought you our hands-on review of the new Piaget Polo S here; today, we bring you our hands-on review of the other two watches unveiled last Thursday July 14th, 2016 at the Piaget event in New York City as we recapped it here. The new Piaget Polo S Chronograph is perhaps the best option when it comes to this new watch collection. While we've already shared our sentiments and strong opinions on the new Piaget Polo S collection during our review of the time/date watch here, we will now give more focus to the mere characteristics and components of the watch itself.

The new Piaget Polo S Chronograph is an in-house chronograph housed in a 42 mm stainless steel case with integrated bracelet and available in two dial variants —blue dial as ref. G0A41006 and silvered dial ref. G0A41004. Luckily, the Piaget Polo S Chronograph looks slightly less like a Patek Philippe Nautilus or Aquanaut than its time/date counterpart. Therefore, this might be the one to choose.

The Dial

The new Piaget Polo S Chronograph features the same horizontal embossed pattern as the time/date Piaget Polo S models we reviewed here, a date aperture at 6 o'clock and a 12-hour chronograph with a central chronograph seconds hand. The dial layout is nice and the chronograph registers feature applied surrounds to add more perspective to the dial design. Featuring a 12-hour chrono register at 9 o'clock and a 30-minute register at 3 o'clock, one great thing about this watch is that it features an in-house chronograph movement and not a modular one.

While the blue dial reference is a true chameleon depending on the lighting conditions or the angle from which you look at the dial, the silvered dial reference is very clean and elegant.

Something interesting about the Piaget Polo S Chronograph opposed to the Piaget Polo S time/date, is that the counterweight on the seconds hand does feature the 'P' in its correct position while the central seconds hand is aligned with the marker at 12 o'clock. Quite interesting that this detail on the seconds hand was executed correctly on the chronograph but not on the time/date model.

The Case & Pushers

The Piaget Polo S Chronograph features a satin brushed stainless steel case measuring 42 mm in diameter with an identical design to that on the Piaget Polo S time/date but relatively much thicker to make room for the chronograph movement. The case blends in the look of the previous Piaget Polos with a similar dial texture to that on the Patek Philippe Nautilus and a bezel that highly resembles the shape of the Patek Philippe Aquanaut with a 'TV Screen'-shaped dial opening. The watch is water resistant to a 100 meters.

The pushers are oval with somewhat of an odd 'barrel' shape. Activating the chronograph requires very little pressure on the pushers and their design seems to blend quite well with the case construction. The pushers feature a satin brushed finish on their ends and a mirror polished finish all around. The Piaget Polo S Chronograph just like its time/date counterpart, features a pull-out crown that is somewhat small and difficult to pull out.

The Bracelet

The new Piaget Polo S Chronograph features a mirror-polished stainless steel bracelet with satin-brushed center links and equipped with a double-folding deployant clasp. The bracelet has a nice weight to it and is nicely constructed; however, we feel that as far as aesthetics goes, it would've been nicer to have a bracelet that tappers towards the clasp, instead of maintaining the same width at the lugs all the way towards the clasp. The bracelet is really not our cup of tea. This watch just like the Piaget Polo S time/date, would've looked much nicer on an integrated croc or rubber strap.

The Movement

One great thing to praise Piaget for, is the fact that the new Piaget Polo S Chronograph is a true in-house chronograph in all the extent of the word and perfectly equipped with a column wheel mechanism. Hopefully our friends at Audemars Piguet will follow the example soon, and release an affordable in-house chrono once and for all.

The beating heart in the new Piaget Polo S Chronograph the in-house automatic calibre 1160P. This movement, composed of 262 parts and 35 jewels is only 5.72 mm thick —not bad for an integrated chronograph movement—, and beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph —4 Hz— to provide a power reserve of 50 hours. The movement is fully visible via the screwed-in display case back. The movement features a slate gray oscillating weight decorated with circular Côtes de Genève and stamped with the Piaget manufacture coat-of-arms as well as blued screws on and circular Côtes de Genève on its bridges. The movement is quite nice and a real treat for the eyes.

On the Wrist & Pricing

On the wrist, the watch wears true to its size but a little high on the wrist. Putting any similarities with other watches aside, this is a very good looking watch and for the price, you can't go wrong with the fact that this is indeed an in-house chronograph. For this particular model, the blue dial is the way to go.

Sticker Price $12,400 USD. For more info on Piaget click here.

Posted on July 19, 2016 and filed under Piaget, Other Brands.