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Girard-Perregaux, 1966 Tourbillon 220th Anniversary [Limited Edition]

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1791-2011: The Girard-Perregaux Manufacture celebrates its 220th anniversary
The start of the 19th century was marked by a pivotal invention in the field of chronometry. An ingenious device was created to compensate for the rate errors caused by the Earth’s gravity when the watch was in a vertical position: the Tourbillon.
In the mid-19th century, this complication was refined by the watchmaker Constant Girard-Perregaux. Long years of research enabled him to bring a completely innovative concept to fruition: it ensured the movement was no longer simply a technical and functional component, but a design element in its own right. His masterwork, a Tourbillon movement, featured three parallel bridges under which the barrel, centre wheel and Tourbillon were aligned. Each component in his timepieces was designed to an exceptionally high standard of quality. In 1889, he received the ultimate accolade: Girard-Perregaux won a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition for his Tourbillon with three gold Bridges.
To mark the 220th anniversary of the Brand, Girard-Perregaux’s Haute Horlogerie collection will be enhanced by a model inspired by its history and this majestic complication: the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon with gold Bridge, expressing the essence of watchmaking tradition, available in an edition of 50 individually numbered pieces.
Tribute to the Tourbillon pocket watches
Sober and elegant, the design of this timepiece evokes that of its illustrious predecessors. The ‘Breguet’ Arabic numerals painted on the silvered dial, as well as the blued steel leaf-shaped hands, are both clear references to a time when only pocket watches existed.
The clean lines of its 40-millimetre case disguise a sophisticated design and production process. Its curvature and lugs have been carefully fashioned to sit perfectly on the wrist. Designed in the Manufacture’s workshops, it has undergone meticulous finishing operations to reveal the full brilliance of the pink gold. The case-back, closed by 6 screws, is hand-engraved to evoke the domes of Girard-Perregaux’s tourbillons dating from the 19th century. Each piece bears its own individual number, also engraved by hand in keeping with the Brand’s tradition.
The case houses a Girard-Perregaux 9610 movement comprising 224 components, the refined decoration and architecture of which are also inspired by 19th century pocket tourbillons.
The tourbillon bridge of the new Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon has an unusual shape: known as ‘bassiné’, the two arms of the bridge are rounded off. The rounding off process consists of filing the ends of the arms to make them perfectly uniform, giving them a semi-cylindrical shape while retaining the demarcation of the centre and the heels. To finish the operation, the craftsmen use stones, buffs, boxwood and diamond pastes to smooth them to a perfectly rounded finish. The slightest imperfection can be immediately detected by the naked eye. This craftsmanship, which requires the highest level of dexterity and concentration, is a worthy heritage of the pocket Tourbillons manufactured by Constant Girard-Perregaux in the 19th century.
The delicate Tourbillon also demands extreme attention to detail: incredible dexterity is required to assemble its 72 components, all of which fit into a diameter of just one centimetre. It weighs 0.3 gram – about the same as a swan’s feather. Accompanying it is a self-winding system patented by the Manufacture: a small-diameter platinum oscillating weight is housed in the space below and around the barrel. This elegant design leaves the movement’s dimensions and architecture intact.
Limited and numbered edition of 50 pieces.
Movement – Girard-Perregaux 9610. Mechanical self-winding movement. Calibre – 28.60 mm. Height – 6.88 mm. Number of components – Complete movement 224 components, Tourbillon cage 72 components, 0.3 g. Frequency – 21,600 vibrations/hour (3 Hz). Jewels 31. Power reserve – minimum 48 hours.
Tourbillon – Bridge: Gold “bassiné” bridge, hand-polished (inspection under 10x magnifier), polished corners, satin-finished rims. One rotation per minute. Upper and lower cages bevelled and polished. Cage balanced with gold adjustment screws. Escapement bridges and pallet bridge bevelled and polished.
Functions – Tourbillon, hours, minutes, small seconds on the Tourbillon.
Case – Pink gold. Diameter – 40.00 mm. Height – 10.90 mm. Antireflective sapphire crystal. Case-back fastened with 6 screws. Water resistance – 30 metres (3 ATM). Crown – Gold with engraved GP logo.
Hands – Hour and minute, in blued steel.
Strap – Full grain black alligator.
Buckle – Pin, gold, with engraved GP logo.
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Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Lady, classical elegance in the original modernity

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Girard-Perregaux is once again paying tribute to women with a version of the Vintage 1945 Lady featuring a rectangular case which has been stretched widthways. This alluring development in its design lends its classical elegance a touch of modernity and originality.
The Vintage 1945 collection takes its inspiration from a rectangular model in the Art Deco style unveiled in 1945. While remaining true to its original spirit, the collection has evolved over time and has been made available in a number of both men’s and women’s versions, allowing Girard-Perregaux to express its creative mastery and its watchmaking expertise.
The latest creation to join this collection has been designed as the ideal companion for every situation. Its rectangular case has been stretched widthways to create a resolutely modern reinterpretation of the Vintage 1945 style. Delicately curved, it sits perfectly on the wrist, offering optimal comfort. Its original proportions are enhanced by a perfectly integrated bracelet and a panoramic dial with a subtle sunray decoration which beautifully complements its alluring character.
Glamourous yet functional, the Vintage 1945 Lady is available in a mechanical self-winding version or a quartz version. The self-winding version is the first to be equipped with the new Girard-Perregaux calibre, the GP2700. This pinnacle of technological advancement, with dimensions perfectly suited to women’s watches, is produced in the Manufacture in line with the most stringent quality criteria and its remarkable finishes are revealed through the sapphire case-back.
The Vintage 1945 Lady Automatic, with a sublime pink gold case delicately set with 70 diamonds, is available in a limited and numbered edition of 50 exclusive pieces.

Movement – Mechanical self-winding movement. The GP2700 is the latest calibre to be created by the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture, which makes it a point of honour to constantly enrich its range. With the GP2700, Girard-Perregaux presents a small, compact movement specifically designed to be fitted in ladies’ watches and to satisfy the increasing interest in mechanical watches shown by women.

A few technical details
A unidirectional winding rotor with non-lubricated ceramic ball bearing (zirconium oxide). An instantaneous calendar. The gear train (barrel and centre, third and seconds wheels) is characterised by the original solution of a double third wheel. Thanks to this system, there is no need for a large central seconds wheel, leaving more space for the barrel. At the same time, it provides three seconds display options without an additional module. The balance cross-bridge provides greater precision in controlling the balance shake: a solution which boosts performance and long-term reliability and, for watchmakers, makes setting considerably easier.
Fitting diameter – 19.40 mm. Calibre – 8 ¾”’ (lignes). Thickness 4.00 mm. Jewels 35. Frequency 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz). Power reserve – Min. 36 hours. Number of components – 230.
Functions – Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, with stop second date with instant change. Unidirectional winding oscillating weight with ceramic ball bearing. Three-position winding stem.
Case – Pink gold. Dimensions 34.00 x 23.30 mm. Case set with 70 diamonds, approx. 0.70 carats. Antireflective sapphire crystal. Sapphire case-back fastened with 4 screws.
Water-resistance – 30 metres (3 ATM).
Strap – Alligator strap with pin buckle.

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Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Only Watch 2011, eleganza singolare

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Di colore nero e bianco e caratterizzato da un tocco di rosso, per sottolineare il suo impegno caritatevole nell’iniziativa monegasca, l’orologio ww.tc Only Watch 2011 esprime un’eleganza singolare.
Alla forza dello stile si affianca la ricerca dell’innovazione di Girard-Perregaux che, in tale occasione, propone una combinazione di materiali rari ed una costruzione “high-tech”. Per la prima volta, infatti, gli ingegneri della Manifattura hanno utilizzato l’ossido di titanio, un materiale estremamente leggero, per realizzare in un solo pezzo la carrure bianca del ww.tc Only Watch 2011. Quest’inedita realizzazione si unisce ai quaranta elementi della cassa, tra cui una lunetta in ceramica ed un cerchio interno di protezione in titanio.
In questa cassa innovativa è alloggiato un prezioso movimento a carica automatica Girard-Perregaux GP03387, costituito da più di 450 componenti. Il calibro è caratterizzato dalla data, dai piccoli secondi, dalle ore del mondo e da un cronografo “fly-back”.
Infine, per confermare l’unicità del ww.tc Only Watch 2011, la Manifattura ha scelto un fondello in vetro zaffiro fumé, svelando così il suo “savoir faire” a favore di quest’importante causa.

Movimento – Girard-Perregaux GP03387. Meccanico a carica automatica. Calibro 13”’. Frequenza 28’800 alternanze/ora (4 Hz). Rubini 63. Riserva di carica – Minimo 46 ore.
Funzioni – Ore, minuti, piccoli secondi, ore del mondo con indicatore giorno/notte, cronografo fly-back, data.
Cassa – Carrure in ossido di titanio, lunetta in ceramica, cerchio interno di protezione e fondo in titanio. Pulsanti e corone in caucciù vulcanizzato. Diametro 43 mm. Altezza 13,40 mm.
Fondello – Vetro zaffiro fumé, chiuso mediante 6 viti.
Impermeabilità – 100 metri.
Cinturino – Nero in caucciù.
Fibbia – Déployante nera in Titanio DLC.

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Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second (PRE-SIHH 2011), heritage of tradition

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A heritage of tradition – Carrying the legacy of Girard-Perregaux’s clean, refined style, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection embodies the Brand’s all-encompassing expertise in creating great watchmaking classics. The latest creation in this line, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second model, with a design of the utmost purity, bears the distinctive hallmarks of a refined timepiece right down to the smallest details.
A modern yet timeless spirit infuses the creations of Girard-Perregaux. The new Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second, with a 40 mm round case, embraces this philosophy perfectly. The design is largely inspired by Girard-Perregaux’s 19th century pocket watches. For a contemporary homage to this secular tradition, it quickly became clear that enamel was the only choice for the dial. The properties of enamel and its special component make the dial it adorns resistant, lending it depth and a unique character.
This traditional technique, now only mastered by a very few experts, consists of fixing the enamel powder and ensuring its harmonious balance through heat during delicate firing stages. Complementing this inspiration are elegant painted Arabic numerals which punctuate the movement of the blued steel leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, while the small second hand marks its path around a counter at 6 o’clock.
This model beats in time to a new automatic movement, developed from the Girard-Perregaux calibre 3300. In line with the Brand’s ongoing quest for excellence, this masterpiece of watch creation offers a modified small second display, just slightly offset to balance the design perfectly. The diversity and richness of the decorations and finishes adorning the multiple components can be seen through a transparent sapphire case-back.
Movement – Girard-Perregaux GP03300-50. Mechanical self-winding movement. Calibre 11 ½ ’’’. Frequency – 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz). Power reserve – Minimum 46 hours. Jewels – 32.
Case – White gold or pink gold. Diameter – 40 mm. Antireflective sapphire crystal. Sapphire case-back. Water resistance – 30 metres.
Functions – Hour, minute, small second.
Dial – «Grand Feu» enamel.
Strap – Alligator strap with ardillon buckle.
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Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Small Second (PRE-SIHH 2011), feminine curves

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Since its creation in 2004, the Cat’s Eye collection has featured exquisite marriages of feminine curves with precious mechanisms. Girard-Perregaux presents a new facet of this collection, with an elegant and beautifully balanced small second marking the time ticking by on the mother of pearl dial.
Every aspect of the Cat’s Eye collection is designed to seduce. A refined and poetic expression of the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture’s expertise, it combines the charms of a feminine watch with the merits of a self-winding mechanism. The new version of this collection remains unerringly true to the Brand’s philosophy and its quest for excellence in every detail.
Staying faithful to the Cat’s Eye’s sensual curves and oval form, its gold case houses an intricately worked dial in white or black mother of pearl, off which subtle, iridescent reflections glance. Illuminated by a halo, the date is clearly displayed in a window at 3 o’clock. The discreet small second is situated at 9 o’clock and enhanced by a radiating ray motif delicately traced on the dial. Each of the sparkling hour indexes is a precious, set stone, with numerals sculpted in gold wire cut and hand-polished before being riveted to the dial.
Continuing its long tradition, the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture has equipped this model with the GP3300, a mechanical movement renowned for its reliability and whose refined character can be appreciated through the sapphire case-back. The seductiveness of the Cat’s Eye owes much to its mechanism, which boasts an oscillating weight in pink gold delicately engraved with a motif in the form of the letters “GP”.
This exquisite work represents the Manufacture’s newest creation for the women, discerning in her choices yet conscious of the beauty and performance of a mechanical watch.
Movement – Girard-Perregaux GP03300-0044. Mechanical self-winding movement. Calibre – 11 ½ ’’’. Frequency – 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz). Jewels – 28. Power reserve – Minimum 46 hours.
Functions – Hour, minute, small second, date.
Case – Pink or white gold. Dimensions – 35.40 x 30.40 mm. Case set with 62 diamonds, approx. 0.85 carats.
Dial – White or dark mother of pearl.
Crystal – Sapphire crystal. Sapphire case-back closed by 4 screws.
Water resistance – 30 metres.
Strap – White or dark alligator strap with folding or ardillon buckle.

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Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Tourbillon Haute Joaillerie, orologio di gran lusso

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Girard-Perregaux presenta una creazione che combina l’arte gioielliera alla maestria orologiera: il Cat’s Eye Tourbillon Alta Gioielleria. Nel suo cuore batte l’emblematico Tourbillon con ponte d’Oro Girard-Perregaux, illuminato da un pavé di diamanti.
Sin dalla sua creazione, la collezione Cat’s Eye rappresenta il connubio tra design femminile e meccanismi di Alta Orologeria.
Fedele alla sua forma ovale, che caratterizza questa collezione, l’orologio Cat’s Eye Tourbillon Alta Gioielleria è interamente incastonato di diamanti taglio baguette. Una particolare attenzione è stata riposta nella selezione dei 287 diamanti, un’estrema precisione per il taglio, la regolazione e l’incastonatura di ogni pietra. Questo strabiliante pavé di circa 20 carati necessita di più di 700 ore di paziente ed accurato lavoro.
La dedizione e la passione degli artigiani della Manifattura, ogni dettaglio della cassa si esprimono in questo scintillio di pietre; anche la corona è impreziosita da 12 diamanti taglio baguette e da un diamante taglio rosa. Questo tipo di taglio, di stile Barocco utilizzato per le pietre rare, era il simbolo della nobiltà e deve il suo nome alla rosa che appare attraverso le 24 faccette del diamante.
Il quadrante del Cat’s Eye Tourbillon Alta Gioielleria è perfettamente adatto alla geometria della cassa e mette in evidenza il Tourbillon con ponte d’Oro, simbolo del «savoir faire» orologiero della Marca. Interpretazione contemporanea del movimento che ha permesso a Constant Girard-Perregaux di ottenere una medaglia d’oro all’esposizione universale di Parigi nel 1889, questo capolavoro di orologeria si è imposto come icona della Marca. Il suo meccanismo, dalle finiture eccezionali, è oggetto di tutte le attenzioni. Il Tourbillon è costituito da 72 componenti, racchiusi in un diametro di un centimetro, che pesano soltanto 0,3 grammi, ed è interamente decorato ed assemblato a mano.
Movimento – Girard-Perregaux GP09700-0006. Meccanico a carica manuale. Calibro 12’’’. Frequenza 21’600 alternanze/ora (3 Hz). Rubini 20. Riserva di carica – Minimo 72 ore.
Cassa – Oro bianco, impreziosita da 155 diamanti taglio baguette (12.97 cts). Dimensioni – 32.90 x 38.40 mm. Fondello – Chiuso da 4 viti. Corona – Impreziosita da 12 diamanti taglio baguette e da 1 diamante taglio rosa (0.58 cts).
Quadrante – Impreziosito da 106 diamanti taglio baguette (4.20 cts).
Vetro – Zaffiro antiriflesso.
Impermeabilità – 3 ATM/30 metri.
Cinturino – In satin grigio.
Fibbia ardiglione – Oro bianco, impreziosita da 13 diamanti taglio baguette (0.56 cts) oppure Fibbia pieghevole – Oro bianco, impreziosita da 14 diamanti taglio baguette (0.62 cts).

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