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
I mentioned earlier it has been a big week for Girard-Perregaux (did you the new Traveller collection yet?) — and here it is, the incredible new Constant Escapement. Price tag on this will be around $100k. I’ll be back with a fuller explanation later today.
UPDATE: See my In-Depth review — “The Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement Explained” here>>>
by Kyle Stults on March 27, 2013
Well, you know from my prior post that this has been a big day of announcements from GP. And now that I’ve given an in-depth run down on the new Traveller ww.tc, let’s take a look at an entirely new model in the Traveller collection. Though not an elegantly named watch, the new “Moon Phases and Large Date” is certainly an elegant watch. Several references will be offered; shown here is the model with opaline dial and 44 steel case (Ref. 49650-11-131-BB6A). A black dial + steel case is also being produced (Ref. 49650-11-631-BB6A) as is a gay dial + ceramic bezel + steel case (Ref. 49650-82-231-HBBA). No word on price of these models, yet.
Click through to explore the new Girard-Perregaux Traveller Moon Phase/Large Date
by Kyle Stults on March 27, 2013
Well, you know from my prior post that this has been a big day of announcements from GP. Let’s go ahead and take a deeper dive, starting with the new “Traveller ww.tc”. Around since 2000, the ww.tc is certainly a recognized icon of the brand and one of the more prominent world timers in all of high watchmaking. As it joins the new Traveller collection, a refresh of the ww.tc seems appropriate. Shown here is one of four new references. It has an opaline dial and a 44mm steel case (Ref. 49700-11-133-BB6B). Matte black dial + steel case, silvered opaline + titanium case (Ref. 49700-21-132-HBBB), and silvered opaline + black ceramic bezel + steel case (Ref. 49700-82-131-BB6C) will also be offered.
Click through to see my analysis of the new wwTC
Some fairly big news out of Girard-Perregaux today. The brand has introduced a groundbreaking new constant-force escapement (I’ll get to that in a separate post), and they have also introduced a new collection, the Traveller. The Traveller collection joins the recently launched Hawk collection, as well as the Vintage 1945 and the 1966 collections. Unlike the “ww.tc” moniker which I believe always meant little to non-GP fans, “Traveller” of course speaks for itself. Thus it also makes perfect sense why, it appears, the ww.tc collection is being folded into the Traveller collection (much like the Sea Hawk was folded into the new Hawk collection). And, the ww.tc has also gotten a very nice makeover, too.
In short — it is apparent that the good folks at Girard-Perregaux have been very busy lately, and in a very good way. After quite a few years of perhaps playing it safe (nice new watches each year, but not a tremendous amount of innovation or new designs, per se), we have seen already in 2013 the new Hawk collection (folding in the iconic, though newly designed, Sea Hawk) and now the Traveller collection. And then there is the new Constant Escapement watch, which, well, is a real achievement. Next up, I’ll take a closer look at the new Traveller collection — including the redesigned ww.tc.
A couple nights ago in Miami, Girard-Perregaux unveiled a limited edition (“LE”) of its new Chrono Hawk model. As a reminder to Perpetuelle readers, GP recently launched its new “Hawk” collection – basically it was a major redesign/relaunch of what used to just the Sea Hawk collection, with a new look and two models “Chrono” and “Sea”. This was a big deal for the brand, whose has in recent years has streamlined its portfolio to four main families, including the Hawk. Anyway, as for this new LE, it was launched in partnership with the Instituto Tênis in support of Brazil’s young sports talents in Miami. The evening was headlined by several Brazilian sports legends and stars including Brazilian Tennis Davis Cup Team members including Thomaz Bellucci, Bruno Soares (#1 Brazilian ATP World Doubles Player), Thiago Alves and Marcelo Melo along with former Soccer player Antonio de Oliveira Filho better known as “Careca”.
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