by Kyle Stults on March 27, 2014
Though last year’s groundbreaking Constant Escapement set the bar very high, the talented folks at Girard-Perregaux have really outdone themselves this year. At the top of the stack is the new Tri-Axial Tourbillon — a limited edition of only ten pieces, each priced at a cool $501,900. This is a spectacular watch — and a real study in technical watchmaking done right. I’ll break it down for you, below.
by Kyle Stults on March 27, 2014
Baselworld 2014…First look…
A radical reissue of an old tradition, the Girard-Perregaux Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges ushers in a new, avant-garde design code for the Tourbillon with Three Golden Bridges which was first created nearly 150 years ago. The depth and dimensionality of the dial, the contemporary aesthetic, the beautiful shapes and lines — this is one amazing watch!! This is undoubtedly one of the big highlights of Baselworld 2014. I’ll break it all down, below.
Baselworld 2014…Sneak peek…
Girard-Perregaux is set to unveil a triple-axis tourbillon at Baselworld 2014. This really goes without saying, but a tri-axial tourbillon is a horological rarity, (I believe) first accomplished in a wristwatch by small independent watchmaker Thomas Prescher about 10 years ago. The Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 4 featured a triple axis tourbillon; esteemed independent Vianney Halter also introduced his own version, the Deep Space, last year. Maybe others but these come to mind right now (thanks readers for your comments).
by Kyle Stults on February 13, 2014
In 2014 the Girard-Perregaux’s Vintage 1945 collection will be extended with this beautiful blue-dialed model. The Vintage 1945 collection is inspired by the retro forms of one of its Art Deco style watches from 1945, and is one of four collections the brand currently offers — Hawk, 1966, and Traveller being the other three. It is not uncommon to see line extensions such as this, adding either a new color dial or new case metal to a particular collection — but this certainly is a nice addition to the line!
The Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk line (first launched last year) is now available with an integrated bracelet equipped with a micro-adjustment clasp. In its all-steel version (44mm case size), it is available in two colors: silver and metallic blue. Inside is the automatic mechanical caliber GP03300 with hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph functions. The bezel is steel, with an octagonal black rubber base; there are also rubber inserts in the crown and chrono pushers. The Chrono Hawk on bracelet will price at $15,100.
The Hollywoodland is a special, though not limited, edition of Girard-Perregaux’s new Chrono Hawk line which debuted about this time last year. The Chrono Hawk Hollywoodland was born out of Girard-Perregaux’s role as “Exclusive Timekeeper” and a Founding Supporter of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Decent looking watch for the two-tone fan, even if the name is a bit dopey. Price on this piece is $21,400. More at http://www.girard-perregaux.com/home-en.aspx
Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk Hollywoodland
44mm black ceramic case with pink gold bezel, silver or anthracite dial, automatic mechanical caliber GP 3300 with a chronograph module on top, black alligator strap with rubber lining
by Kyle Stults on September 19, 2013
This is a special edition piece created by Girard-Perregaux in collaboration with Susan Rockefeller in support of her short film titled “Mission of Mermaids“ The watch is a normal GP Sea Hawk (the new, redesigned Sea Hawk, that is) with special green accents and a specially engraved caseback. Nice looking watch, with some of the sales proceeds going to the cause.
Editor’s Note: I am pleased to present this original short story, authored by Perpetuelle’s James Bond. This story, first published on GP’s Mechanics of Style Blog, is the first in a series of adventures featuring “The Spy.”
The Spy knew his life was to change drastically once he began his profession. Seldom would he visit establishments that are hosts to nightlife. He would dine at his favorite restaurant only on occasion rather than weekly because hotels recommended the food to their international guests and he could not risk possible exposure. Travel was another dilemma. Before he became a spy he could travel as he please and not be concerned with transportation security because he had nothing to hide. But now, he had everything to hide. His organization was unique because it held no allegiance to any one country, just to mankind. Its mission was simply to maintain the balance of power among nations.
Standing next to the red velvet rope while waiting for the valet to fetch his car, the Spy reminisced about his 14 years of ultra-clandestine service. He had used so many aliases during his time, and like so many people in his profession he nearly forgot what his real name was. ‘Oh yes’ he thought to himself when he finally remembered.
It was raining this day and the Spy had an appointment to pick up a valuable piece of equipment. He had never gone on a mission without it. It was his Most Trusted Friend. It had sustained as many bruises and scratches as the Spy had. And it had as many close-calls, also. The valet pulled up and the Spy got in and sped away.
by Kyle Stults on July 10, 2013
I’m a big fan of the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL collection, having discussed in detail both their Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date Moon-Phase and Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph (which got a design overhaul in 2012) within the last year or so. Now, both models will be produced with beautiful satin-finished charcoal grey dials. In addition to strap, the watches will also be available on an adjustable bracelet with satin finished center links and folding triple clasp. The GP03300 base caliber remains the same. Nice new look!
36.1mm x 35.25mm pink gold or steel case, display back, automatic mechanical GP 03300-0062 movement, black alligator strap with matching folding clasp
And here’s the chronograph — same specs except for of course the caliber differences:
by Kyle Stults on March 28, 2013
Haute Horlogerie INNOVATION…
As you likely saw earlier today, Girard-Perregaux unveiled a revolutionary new piece addressing a fundamental challenge of watchmaking, a concept known as “constant force”. It innovates on this challenge with a completely new architecture and escapement design. While not the first constant force escapement for sure, Girard-Perregaux notes that unlike other systems that devise a constant force averaged over time, this is a true constant force escapement. The GP constant escapement is complex in most regards, though more easily understood when seen visually. Turns out the first patent — for a 14 micron silicon blade (which you can see above)– was filed back in 2008. So we know that this piece is has at least a five year timeline of effort behind it. The effort looks to have been well worth it – one look is all you need to know that the Constant Escapement is something special.
Click through for my in-depth explanation of how it all works
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