Girard-Perregaux 1966 “Le Printemps” Edition

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Le Printemps Special Edition 38mm - Perpetuelle

These are two specially colored, limited edition 1966 models that Girard-Perrgaux is making to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Paris-based Le Printemps.  Le Printemps is a famous department store and tourist draw on Boulevard Haussmann, and they have a variety of “special products” created this year for their anniversary.

As for the 1966’s seen here, we have two models:  the larger model is sized at 38mm, in rose gold.  The smaller is a 30mm ladies model, also in rose gold though with the addition of a nice single row diamond bezel and hour markers.  The movement is GP’s GP03300-00030 automatic mechanical for the men’s model, the GP03200-0005 for the ladies.  The dial is an intense brownish-red with radiant sunray finish.  Very nice!

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Le Printemps Special Edition 30mm - Perpetuelle

Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 6, with Tri-axial Tourbillon and Carrousel

Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon - Perpetuelle

The sixth series in Harry Winston’s exploration of the tourbillon features two independent hour indications: one regulated by a tri-axial tourbillon (positioned at 7 o’clock) and the other by a carrousel (1 o’clock position).   Both are fairly unusual complications, particularly a tri-axial tourby.  The Caliber HW4701 comprises a whopping 683 parts.

Like other Histoire de Tourbillon watches of recent years, this is a watch that exudes complication merely for complication’s sake.  Something I am not particularly a fan of.  This is of course a showpiece for Harry Winston — only 20 will be made (in white gold), and sold at a price of many hundred thousand dollars apiece.

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Swatch 2015 French Open Roland Garros Specials

Swatch Fast Server 2015 French Open Roland Garros

In advance of the Roland Garros French Open tennis tournament which will start about a month from now, two special Swatch watches have been unveiled.  Haute horologerie these are not, but rather fun (quartz) watches with nice, simple color-themes — my fav is the $120 for the Swatch “Fast Server” seen above.  The $60 for Swatch “Hit the Line” (below right) is also on offer, direct from Swatch (just click the links for more details).

Swatch 2015 Roland Garros Special Models



☆☆☆☆☆ Speake-Marin Vertical Double Tourbillon

Speake-Marin Vertical Double Toubillon live shot - photo credit Speake-Marin

Aesthetically and mechanically powerful, the Speake-Marin Vertical Double Tourbillon features two prominent 60-second tourbillons and an off-center white enamel dial with power reserve indicator over it and and day/night indicator below.  Intriguingly, the tourbillons are linked by a single massive bridge (beautifully shaped and finished).  Each tourbillon has its own independent gear train and mainspring, wound simultaneously via the crown.  The tourbillons are linked and synchronized with a limited-slip spring clutch.  Tightly spaced perlage (circular graining) on the mainplate sits beneath it all and adds to the dramatic visual effect.

Speake-Marin Vertical Double Tourbillon

Limited edition 5 pieces in each of white and red gold

46mm “Piccadilly” style case

Speake-Marin Vertical Double Toubillon - Perpetuelle

Speake-Marin Vertical Double Toubillon dial detail - Perpetuelle

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