The watch fairs at the start of each year that best monitor watch trends for the year to come. The two main watch fairs Basel and  SIHH both held in Switzerland saw the continued growth of the ultra thin watch markets; with  brands being  driven to innovate to advance the craft of high watchmaking.

This crosses several categories from  Quartz watches, Automatic watches  to mechanical watches. Quartz watches are by nature far easiest to make super thin as run by a battery  simply have far less parts making it a simpler process to make thin.  One of the leaders within this sector has been Rado  with their True Thinline Collections, with a new colour for 2018.  Their offering in Automatic this season is the  DiaMaster Petite Seconde Automatic.  This is an automated mechanical so although it is for more complex than the Thinline, the real showstoppers this season were the totally manual mechanical watches. Audemars Piguet wowed the crowds presenting a concept watch, the thinnest mechanical ever shown. So enjoy a little cross section below of thin watch pieces from mechanical to quartz below.

Audemars Piguet Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch

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910P Diameter: 41 mm 18K,  2mm thickness,  white gold watch, the World’s thinnest mechanical watch.

Royal Oak Audemars Piguet “Jumbo” Extra-Thin

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3.05 mm thickness. Self-winding automatic movement.  Lightweight titanium case and a smoked blue dial with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bvlgari - Octo Finissiomo Tourbillon

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Automatic At a 3,95 mm thickness ; their slimmest self-winding timepiece

Blancpain Ultra Slim Day Date Steel from the Villeret Collection

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Stainless steel case measuring 40mm in diameter. Its matt white dial features leaf-shaped cut-out hands. With 11.10mm thickness.

Breguet - Tourbillon Extra-Plat 5367

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With its 18-carat rose gold case leather strap, this 3 mm thickness; the timepiece has a mechanical movement.

 

Rado DiaMaster Petite Seconde Automatic COSC

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43 wide  50.5  length  12.3 height  polished plasma high-tech ceramic case, monobloc construction,  titanium case back with sapphire crystal and polished plasma high-tech ceramic crown.