A New Chronograph Calibre

At great expense I'm sure, Piaget released a newly designed manufacture flyback chronograph movement this year -  the 880P.  A review can be read in December's Watch Time mazagine.

Three features jump out at me as odd, even regressive:

1. the balance wheel features "decorative" screws which are not required with its Triovis fine regulating system.

2. the stopwatch function is limited to 30 minutes elapsed time, with no hour counter.  The 3rd subsidiary dial displays a second time zone.

3. the movement height of 5.6mm is still slightly taller than the evergreen Piguet F185 at 5.5mm

I wonder what drove Piaget to spec this movement's loss of functionality and lack of design progress?  Let's hope it doesn't catch on!A New Chronograph Calibre

I much prefer a bi compax sub dial lay out than a third with
01/05/2008 - 12:43

12 hour counters, its more traditional and aesthetic IMHO. In terms of movement thickness I don't have a set view on this but considering that the Lange Datograph which has what is probably the best modern chronograph movement is 7.5mm thick....  I do agree on the strangeness of the "decorative" regulation screws!

I don't know what features VC's in house chrono caliber will have but they've been working on it for such a long time that it better be impressive ! 

Proof that in-house is not necessarily better than outsoured? (nt)
01/05/2008 - 14:52


Why bother?
01/05/2008 - 19:15

A simple rotating bezel would suffice for most owners, if all they wanted from a chronograph was 30 minute count-downs.

I beleive the push-pull between design and technical competence is very real conflict at this moment.  For instance, the popular Royal Oak Offshore chronograph has a rate of 28,800 bph, creating 1/8 second increments.  Unfortunately, the dial designer left them with 1/5 second markings...go figure?

the incorrect markings on chrono dials seems to be a sort of industry
01/05/2008 - 19:26

habit  but then again how many buyers really care aboout these markings?

As for the 30 minute counter...well I've never used my chrono for timing anything other than my cooking so I don't really care about having a 12 hour counter. I doubt many chronograph owners actualy buy a chrono for anything other than its looks...

More Foudroyantes
01/07/2008 - 00:17

I can appreciate that there may be limited dial space for 1/8 sec markings but rather than "occupy space" with incorrect 1/5 sec indices, the engineers should spec a foudroyante subdial to capture the accuracy of a high-beat movement.

That would be a better use of resources IMHO than irrelevant tourbillons for wristwatches!

Let's do a poll
01/05/2008 - 23:41

I'm curious to see if others agree, Alex.  Over the past week, I've used my chronograph to time telephone calls, parking at a street meter, and time the length of a movie...that's all I can remember right now.

Please contribute to this thread on how you've used your chronograph over a one week period....