When Replica Piaget released the Upstream in 2001, Boss Philippe Léopold-Metzger wished to alter the way in which people perceived Replica Piaget, saying, “The idea with Piaget Upstream watch Replica was to be really innovative, completely different. We are attempting to alter the perception of the trademark to create youthful people more aware of the trademark and position it as being innovative and classy - a brandname that's in front of the trends.”
The Upstream was reputedly the very first steel Replica Piaget watch since 1957, once the firm began making gold and platinum cases solely. Later, we'll discover this wasn't strictly correct. It had little that is similar to our prime appearance of gold and precious-stone jewelry watches that Replica Piaget is better noted for. It had three features that surprised the and customers - the deployant bezel it had become a men’s sports watch and arrived steel.
Upstream’s unique front bezel deployant system would be a real advance in horology that made the timepiece simpler to put on and much more comfortable. It required 2 . 5 many years to develop, mainly due to the unfolding bezel action.
The sporadic observer might not notice design cues like the stylised Arabic numbers that mirror the vertical and horizontal lines from the situation and bracelet, with matching cut-off tips about the dauphine hands. The hexagonal crown by having an engraved ‘P’ and polished crown suppressors increase the elegant, masculine appearance of the integrated bracelet. The 2 rows of square emerald-cut matt-finished links are presented by polished rectangles.
The Upstream needed to be provided in steel like a sports watch. Although industry bloggers centered on the “first cheap steel watch in 45 years” head lines, Replica Piaget’s futile protestations they designed a couple of steel watches for that Japanese market in early sixties went unheard. In addition, the Upstream wasn't ‘cheap’ around $6,000. The brand new situation and bracelet were only some of the new Upstream developments as Replica Piaget produced two actions especially for this.
Initially, there have been seven different types within the collection: four in steel (two chronographs), two 18K gold models (yellow and whitened) on leather straps and something gold bracelet watch. Simple models contained the Quality 504P, an 11-ligne, self-winding movement with 40 hrs of energy reserve. The steel chronographs make use of the Quality 222P, with 30-minute and 12-hour counters along with a large date window at 12 o’clock. Additionally, it featured a flyback hands, calendar and mechanism to alter time zone. The brand new actions emphasised Replica Piaget’s status like a true manufacture.
G0A26006 (Silver dial)
Large model, stainless situation with folding bezel and steel bracelet. 504P automatic winding movement. Date window at 6 o’clock.
This really is my own watch.
I needed to move fast to get one following the announcement from the stoppage of production. There might be still some pieces available, folks. One only requires a moment to familiarize yourself with the initial front folding deployant. It will need a new manoeuvre to deploy - the index and third finger are put on top fringe of the timepiece and also the thumb around the bezel at 6 o’clock. While using thumb because the pivot point, the clasp is disengaged and engaged through the two fingers...tugging and pushing correspondingly, on top bezel.
The timepiece is extremely comfortable since the bracelet links are smooth and versatile, conforming towards the wrist. Like every great property, not just one little bit of property around the watch is wasted in finishing the appearance. Unlike other large watches whose cases are enlarged with non-functional metal mass, every cubic millimetre from the Upstream will a job but still adds to create a genuine and fashionably large, sporty situation.
Despite its heft, the Upstream is stylishly wearable because Replica Piaget hasn't forgotten their prowess in ultra flat watches. Not one other sporty watch within my collection fits under my office put on shirt cuffs very well, nor draws in comment because of its sporty manner when arms are bared and 'at play'.
Following the recent cessation of production, Replica Piaget Boss, Philippe Léopold-Metzger, decided to a brief interview to ‘fill within the blanks’ relating to this amazing model line.
PPro: Are you able to discuss the folding bezel system and technical remedies?
PLM: The patented folding-bezel system needed 800 hrs of R&D and went through tests, including 20,000 consecutive openings and closings to simulate half a century of usage. The bracelet is entirely hands-finished in the Manufacture.
Here are a few images of several Upstream appearance: steel, pink gold, white gold or platinum set with diamonds as well as two exceptional pieces set with baguette-cut diamonds, showing Replica Piaget's expertise with setting and technical savoir-faire. Indeed, even fully jewel-set, we used exactly the same clasp opening system.
PPro: What were time of production?
PLM: The Upstream was released in the SIHH 2001. It had been the very first buy Piaget Upstream replica steel watch but has additionally been coded in whitened, pink and gold. The development survived many years representing 34 references (steel and gold models). We began the development in 2001 and stopped in 2007.
PPro: The number of steel bracelet and gold variants were finally made?
PLM: 12 models in steel and 22 in gold.
PPro: The number of variants with leather strap have there been?
PLM: Among 12 references in steel, 3 had an alligator strap. Concerning the gold versions, 12 from 22 references had an alligator strap.
PPro: Did Replica Piaget result in the whole watch?
PLM: We made all of the gold cases (Geneva Manufacture) and all sorts of actions (La C?te-aux-Fées Manufacture) employed for the Upstream model.
As Replica Piaget can be used to working just with gold, the steel cases and bracelets were outsourced but finished, put together and enveloped internally.
PPro: That which was the explanation to prevent Upstream? Maybe it was purely marketing or poor sales or had you been conserving precious actions for greater value watches?
PLM: The sales were high so we had an essential commercial success. However, we stopped the Upstream model because Replica Piaget's purpose of supplying a cost-attractive watch could no more be met using the high production costs, particularly for that very sophisticated bracelet. In addition we've new exciting projects within the pipeline.
PPro: Maybe there is a alternative model?
PLM: Not one other model can switch the Upstream concept with this particular unusual opening system. However, it's correct, Replica Piaget offers nowadays "sport-chic" watches in gold on leather or rubber strap like the Replica Piaget Polo Chronograph which was released in the SIHH 2007. The Upstream concept remains an excellent idea, and it will easily be recycled later on.
Piaget Upstream Replica