SIHH 2012: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second
by Kyle Stults on November 01, 2011
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SIHH 2012 is just three months away, and the early previews (“pre-SIHH”) continue to roll-out.  Here’s one from Girard-Perregaux, the 1966 Small Second, a limited numbered edition of 100 pieces.  I really like the new models that Girard-Perregaux has released the past couple years (scope them all here), and this new LE piece that will be available in 2012 is no exception.  Remaining faithful to its philosophy of innovation yet conscious of its heritage, there are a couple elements that I really appreciate about this watch:  first, the very modest/traditional case size of 38mm, and second, I like how the small second subdial and the date aperture at 3 o’clock balance nicely on the dial despite their different dimensions.  More thoughts below, but all in all, another elegant piece from Girard-Perregaux.

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SIHH 2012:  Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second

38mm pink gold case (8.69mm thick), automatic mechanical GP Caliber 3300, alligator strap with pink gold pin buckle

GP Calibre 3300

The “Maison fondée en 1791″ (Founded in 1791) signature is a nod the origins of Girard-Perregaux.  Note the “railyway” style track around both the small seconds subdial and the main dial — this design consistency works very well with the overall aesthetic:

The slightly curved case-back is adorned with delicate engraving commemorating two important dates: In 1889, Girard-Perregaux won the Gold Medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris for its pocket watch later known as “La Esmeralda”, the most famous example of Tourbillon with three gold Bridges.  In 1900, this technical masterpiece with its highly original architecture was judged to be without equal. Thus Girard-Perregaux did not participate in the contest and was nominated as member of the jury at the Universal Exhibition.

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The slightly curved case-back is adorned with delicate engraving commemorating two important dates: In 1889, Girard-Perregaux won the Gold Medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris for its pocket watch later known as “La Esmeralda”, the most famous example of Tourbillon with three gold Bridges. In 1900, this technical masterpiece with its highly original architecture was judged to be without equal. Thus Girard-Perregaux did not participate in the contest and was nominated as member of the jury at the Universal Exhibition.