Girard-Perregaux celebrates its 226th anniversary this year—a brand which has been an innovator, synthesizing cutting-edge technology as well as age-old watchmaking techniques. Hiren Kumar Bose picks up the brand’s five best selling models
Cat’s Eye Two-Tone (Power Reserve)
The horizontally-elliptical watch (37.84mm by 32.84mm) which has 64 diamonds standing guard on the bezel, while eight more act as indices on the dial itself, dotted between Arabic numerals at 6, 9 and 12. Meanwhile, the backdrop of two contrasting textures – a smooth crescent hugging a guilloche section – create a real three-dimensional effect. Also, present on the dial are the small seconds and date window which echo the oval of the case, as well as the power reserve indicator, shown as a cluster of tiny stars. And the whole ensemble does its job thanks to the self-winding in-house GP03300-0070 with its Côtes de Genève, circular graining and bevelled finished that can be seen through the sapphire case back.
Cat’s Eye Bi-Retro
The second and day of the week retrograde hands bring a touch of originality and liveliness to this unique pink gold timepiece (35, 44 x 30, 44 mm). The movement features retrograde second and day of the week indicators in addition to displaying the date and moon phases. The see-through case-back reveals the reliable in-house manufactured movement made of 292 components and the gold oscillating weight delicately engraved with “GP” logos forming a decorative pattern. Having a power reserve of 46 hours it has functions like hours, minutes, date, moon-phase indicator, the day of the week and second retrograde.
1966 Smoked Dial
A tribute to the brand’s technical advances in the field of chronometry, crowned by the Neuchâtel Observatory Centenary Prize the collection has two automatic timepieces, each fitted with a smoky dial and a particularly elegant ultra-thin steel case: the 1966 40mm and the 1966 36mm gem-set models. Its main plate and bridges are straight-grained, bevelled and adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif. The 218-part movement of the large model powers the hours, minutes and seconds hands, along with a date display in a window at 3 o’clock; while the 36 mm version has no date but is instead graced by diamond hour-markers and a gem-set bezel. The two cases are water-resistant to 30 m and fitted with a transparent case-back. The 40 mm version is adorned with a sunburst finish and the smaller one with a “flinqué” pattern. The ultra-thin case, the domed and polished leaf-type hands, as well as the applied baton-type hour-markers or Roman numerals also contribute to the aesthetic equilibrium of these two new references.
The 40mm watch offers functions like hours, minutes, centre seconds and date. Crowned by the Neuchâtel Observatory Centenary Prize it has very thin round case, entirely polished, and softly domed with curved lines (lugs, bezel, sapphire crystal and case-back). Reliable and manufactured in-house, the movement is made of 218 components. The see-through case-back reveals the oscillating weight decorated with Côtes de Genève.
Vintage 1945 (Tourbillon with three gold bridges)
A new Vintage 1945 case, with a curved profile, it houses an uncommon form of the three Bridges. Fifty pieces revisit this heritage with a modern outlook. Like the original Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges, the Vintage 1945 collection is inspired by the Art Deco movement. Fitted with an elegant 18K white gold case measuring 36.10 mm in length by 35.25 mm in width, the Vintage 1945 is an ultra elegant timepiece. Entirely handmade, the pink gold Bridges are rounded-off: their chamfering gives them a rounded shape, over their entire length, a perfect curve. The light glides over and is reflected on their “mirror polished” finish, offering a fascinating contrast with the matte finish of the main plate. To maintain its oscillations, Girard-Perregaux has chosen automatic winding with a platinum micro-rotor positioned under the barrel. It is an ingenious solution that leaves the architectural majesty of the movement intact. The beating heart inside this timepiece is the in-house automatic calibre GP09600-0028 composed of 249 parts, 31 jewels, three “rounded-off” arrow-shaped gold bridges bevelled and polished by hand and a one- minute tourbillon composed of 80 components and weighing 0.3g. When fully wound, the watch provides a power reserve of 48 hours.