Piaget Polo Date - 36mm

Watches and Wonders: Piaget’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Continues with Two Boutique Editions of Its Polo Date

Piaget keeps versatility in mind with two highly wearable sizes of its Polo Date, including a 36mm variation fitted with a rubber strap for the first time.

By Cait Bazemore

We knew this would be a big year for Piaget at the onset. The brand is celebrating its monumental 150th anniversary; plus, design cues from the 1970s and ‘80s – Piaget’s golden era – are increasingly en vogue. And models like Piaget’s iconic Polo are emblematic of this aesthetic and hold significance for the brand.

When it launched in 1979, the Polo was the maison’s first model to receive its own distinct name. Then, at the start of this year, Piaget went back to basics – back to the Polo’s original and instantly recognizable design – and debuted an homage (aptly named the Polo 79), harnessing the perfect blend of sportiness and elegance of the model that started it all.

Now, we get another take on the design with two new limited editions of the Polo Date, only available at Piaget boutiques.

The History of the Polo Date

“Piaget time… measured only in gold,” this mantra began guiding the brand and its choice of metals in 1957. When the first Polo debuted in 1979, during the height of the luxury sports watch era, its all-gold build set it apart from its many stainless steel counterparts.

Yet, despite being made of gold, the Polo still maintained the hallmarks of the quintessential luxury sports watch, namely an integrated bracelet. As such, it became the watch of the era, notably worn on the wrist of countless celebrities, including Andy Warhol, Sammy Davis Jr., Brooke Shields, Nancy Reagan, Roger Moore, and Bjorn Borg.

Production of the Polo lasted for just over a decade until 1990, ceasing just shortly after Vendome Group (now Richemont) acquired Piaget in 1988. The first modern interpretations of the Polo began to surface in the early 2000s.

However, it wasn’t until 2016 and the launch of the Polo S that the line really came into a new era – this was the rebirth of the Polo as we know it today. With the 2016 release, Piaget took a more classic approach, rendering the model in traditional stainless steel for the first time.

Another key moment in the history of the Polo collection came in 2021 with the introduction of more compact proportions for the model, giving it the sweet-spot 36mm sizing. Thus, the Polo Date 36 debuted in a whopping six variations, including stainless steel, rose gold, and an array of dials from a skeletonized version to a diamond set one.

Since then, the collection has continued to take many sizes and forms, incorporating complications, adding splashes of color, and even swapping the conventional integrated bracelet for a strap. Today, we get two fresh new interpretations of the beloved Polo.

The New Polo Dates

For the limited edition Polo Date models, Piaget has kept diversity and accessibility in mind, offering a 42mm iteration and the more modest 36mm one.

Both versions are rendered in stainless steel but feature a subtle two-tone moment thanks to rose gold accents on the dial incorporated into the indices, hands, and date window. Moreover, as part of the brand’s 150th-anniversary celebration, both models will be produced in a limited run of just 300 pieces and include the number “150” inscribed on the tip of the second hand to commemorate the occasion.

In addition, both sizes come equipped with a contemporary rubber strap – brown for the 42mm iteration and beige for the 36mm iteration. This marks the first time that Piaget has fitted the 36mm version with a rubber strap, and we already predict this will be the perfect watch for summer.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the new 42mm Polo Date has a more masculine appeal with a champagne-colored dial that beautifully contrasts with the brown rubber strap. The remainder of its design remains true to the modern collection: a simple, no-frills sports watch aesthetic and, of course, a date window tucked at 6 o’clock.

On the other hand, the new Polo Date 36mm takes a more feminine approach with its monochromatic look featuring the same champagne dial that’s perfectly color-matched with the beige rubber strap. In addition, the 36mm version gets the bonus of gem setting with a diamond-set bezel and indices.

The juxtaposition of the bling with the sporty strap gives this more accessibility-sized iteration the ultimate versatility – you can easily dress it up or down and take it from day to night. Together, this pair makes the perfect his and hers Polos for the next generation.

For more information, including pricing, check out Piaget’s website.

(Photography by Pierre Vogel)

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