The Piaget Polo is a watch that has stayed the test of time from when it was first introduced in 1979, from the polo fields of Argentina and Florida to the streets of Hong Kong and London. To recreate such an impact as the first Piaget Polo had at its conception on a new generation requires ingenuity, forethought and an understanding of the transcending lives we live. The necessity for our most treasured accompaniments through life to be versatile and seamless, and Piaget appear to have done just that by bringing us the new ‘Piaget Polo S’ in steel.

As soon as Revolution got wind of the Piaget Polo S, and as an equestrian with a background in polo, I knew I had to take it out. The sport of polo itself may appear to the naked eye as a graceful sport whilst men gallop along on horseback with sticks in their hands — it is, however, far from that. Polo is undeniably effortless in its elegance when watching the best, but underneath that elegance it is a brutal game, combining speed, endurance and sheer force — something that this watch perfectly encompasses but not something I was willing to put it through. Instead, I decided to take it with me to ride one of my own horses, not a little polo pony but a show jumper standing at a mere 173cm tall.

The sport of showjumping is one which compliments the observation of modern day life, requiring us to be in two different scenarios at once. On the one hand you are controlling a half ton animal beneath you to the precision of a hundredth of a second in perfect unison, whilst also keeping up with the most sophisticated and graceful of appearances against your fellow competitors.

On the day I wore the Piaget Polo S, we were training, this enabled me to acquire a feeling for the watch before putting it and myself, into a stressful situation. When you go into the arena to jump around a course of fences, each one standing almost as tall as yourself, every other sound is blocked out as the wind whips pass your face. Everything exterior to the partnership that is you and the horse is of no importance, everything touching the extremities of yourself and your horse however, you put under great scrutiny.

Comfort and functionality are the two greatest virtues required, followed by a degree of elegance and empowerment to stand out from the crowd of fellow competitors in the midst of competing, to relaxing at the bar on the evening ahead of the next day’s competition.

The moment the stainless-steel bracelet, alternated between polished and satin links, wrapped around my wrist, with the watch itself weighted perfectly as if simply poised, I knew that the virtues of comfort were attained. From the moment I got on and began to work the horse, taking him up through the gaits of walk, trot and canter whereby your body is in constant flow with the horse’s, the watch felt seamless on my wrist despite being a 42mm case, with just enough weight from the steel casing to remind me it was there. There was no movement of the watch itself and through every pace I was able to glance down at the blue dial and see with clarity and precision, how long we had been working for.

When time is of the essence, as it seems to be for most of us in the world we live in, to overrun or to be late can be rather problematic. Timing and balance is everything in riding, and having the symbolic blue colour of Piaget on the dial perfectly reflecting the silvered appliqués indexes allowed for me to keep watch of the time without having to lift my hand off the rein and alter the balance of the mighty but sensitive horse.

With the factors of comfort and functionality being undeniable, what struck me most about the Piaget Polo S, was how unique it seemed. It is a watch that is accessibly priced without compromising on the virtue of being a tool to distinguish yourself with from your peers. It balances the elements of elegance, sport and distinction with delicate precision to fit into our everyday lives.

Technical Specifications: Piaget Polo S – 42 mm

Case in steel, sapphire case-back, blue dial with silvered appliques indexes with Superluminova, Manufacture Piaget 1110P self-winding mechanical movement (Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date at 6’, slate grey colored oscillating weight)

9,4 mm thickness and water resistant up to 100 m

Bracelet in steel with integrated folding clasp

£7,850

On top of the blue dial version of the Polo S, which I got to put through its paces, the watch will be made available in a silvered dial as well as a slate grey dial version. And, of course, for those wanting a little extra built into the elegant Polo S, a chronograph version is also being offered with options for a slate grey dial and a blue dial version.

Piaget Polo S watch – 42 mm

Case in steel, sapphire case-back, silvered dial with slate grey appliques indexes with Superluminova, Manufacture Piaget 1110P self-winding mechanical movement (Hours, Minutes, Secondes, Date at 6’, slate grey colored oscillating weight)

9,4 mm thickness and water resistant up to 100 m

Bracelet in steel with integrated folding clasp

£7,850

Piaget Polo S watch – 42 mm

Case in steel, sapphire case-back, slate grey dial with silvered appliques indexes with Superluminova, Manufacture Piaget 1110P, self-winding mechanical movement (Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date at 6’, slate grey oscillating weight)

9,4 mm thickness and water resistant up to 100 m

Bracelet in steel with integrated folding clasp

£7,850

Piaget Polo S watch – 42 mm

Case in steel, sapphire case-back, silvered dial with slate grey appliques indexes with Superluminova, Manufacture Piaget 1160P self-winding mechanical chronograph movement (Hours, Minutes, Date at 6’, Chronograph with central seconds, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12 hours counter at 9’)

11,2 mm thickness and water resistant up to 100 m

Bracelet in steel with integrated folding clasp

£10,500

Piaget Polo S watch – 42mm

Case in steel, sapphire case-back, Piaget blue dial with silvered appliques indexes with Superluminova, Manufacture Piaget 1160P self-winding mechanical chronograph movement (Hours, Minutes, Date at 6’, Chronograph with central seconds, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12 hours counter at 9’)

11,2 mm thickness and water resistant up to 100 m

Bracelet in steel with integrated folding clasp

£10,500