This watch is a true neo-vintage and tells the story of a struggling Piaget and the quest for a steel icon. During the 1970’s under the same conditions two absolute design classics had been born. The father: Design genius Gérald Genta. We are of course talking about the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus.
In 2001 Piaget introduced their counterpart, the upstream. This was their way to differentiate, since the 1950’s the brand had solely been working with precious metals and needed one steel sports watch in the collection to spark the interest of a new generation.
The design was done in house, but for the production of the metal components they used an outside supplier, for the first time in history.
Assembly was done at the Piaget factory.
The construction of the bracelet is absolutely brilliant, I dare to say that this is the best wearing bracelet I know.
The bracelet has no closure and that is the Upstream’s secret. The watch opens and closes trough a foldable bezel, which took the team over two years to design.
The watch was not the anticipated succes, and was removed from the collection in 2007. The short production period makes this a rare watch. In my opinion this 2004 chronograph version is absolutely beautiful. For more information on this steel icon, DM me!
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