A New Girard-Perregaux 1966, With Guilloché Dial And 38mm Rose Gold Case

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Guilloche dial - Perpetuelle

The intricate and concentric dial pattern seen here on the new Girard Perregaux 1966 is a fine example of the guilloché technique known as flinqué, where the engraver uses the rose-engine lathe is turned to create concentric, wave like ridges emanating outward from the center of the dial.  This, along with a ~2mm downsizing of the case, makes for one very appealing timepiece!

Girard-Perregaux 1966

Price:  $16,300

38mm pink gold case, guilloché dial, automatic mechanical GP03300 caliber (visible through sapphire crystal caseback)

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Guilloche - Perpetuelle

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Guilloche dial detail - Perpetuelle

A ladies model, with 30mm case and diamond-bezel, is also introduced ($18,300).

For more info, visit Girard-Perreaux’s website.

The New Blue Girard-Perregaux 1966 41mm

 Girard-Perregaux LogoGirard-Perregaux 1966 Blue 41mm duo

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection embodies the brand’s expertise and passion for designing classic, understated and refined watches.    This latest model is in part distinguished by its 41mm case, complementing the existing 38mm blue model in pink gold case.  The upsize as it includes the movement as well — the GP Cal 1800 in this watch is ~30mm in diameter (13¼ lignes) vs. the Cal 3300’s ~25mm diameter (11½’’).  In other words, a more proportional fit and pleasing and view through the sapphire caseback.  I gave a detailed comparison of the 1966 41mm model against the 38mm version when it was first announced in 2012 — you can read it and see my side-by-side comparisons of both case and movement here.

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The Silicon Flying Anchor Escapement: An In-Depth Look At Ulysse Nardin’s Latest Innovation

Ulysse Nardin LogoUlysse Flying Anchor Escapement Silicon

What you see here is perhaps the most important watchmaking innovation revealed this year.  Seriously.  And I’m about to tell you why, with plenty of photo and videos to back me up.   With an official — though somewhat quiet — debut at Baselworld 2014, Ulysse Nardin’s silicon flying anchor escapement is one of those innovations which could very well change how certain things are done at high-end, cutting-edge horological landscape over the coming years and decades.  Though the exact long-term influence will only be determined over time, this kinda reminds me of that time, about 15 years ago, when Ulysse Nardin rolled out a little ‘ole watch called The Freak.  The Freak of course showcased — for the first time — a silicon escapement (among other niceties).  This seminal launch in 2001 also ushered in the era of silicon components and high-tech materials innovation, which continues apace yet today.

Yea, Rolex’s Syloxi Hairspring is a pretty big deal (quietly announced at Baselworld this year, too), and yes I recently went “In-Depth” on that too, you know– but it was certainly not the first time a silicon hairspring has been used in watchmaking.  Come to think of it, that honor also belongs to Ulysse Nardin.  But I digress.

From Perpetuelle’s point of view, Ulysse Nardin’s flying silicon anchor escapement carries the gravitas more along the lines of Girard-Perregaux’s revolutionary constant escapement which debuted in 2013.  In fact the two share a common principle in that they rely upon the elasticity of precision engineered silicon components.  Though still in prototype phase, Ulysse Nardin’s flying anchor escapement has been under development for seven years, and I predict that in due course this new innovation will really start to make waves in how things are done in the high-end watchmaking segment.   Follow along as Perpetuelle goes in-depth on this new innovation from Ulysse Nardin.

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