Will the Girard-Perregaux Hawk Collection Be Discontinued?

Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Vintage Style Ref 49960-11-636-BBBA - Perpetuelle

This new version of the Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk — with a bit of a vintage look to it (the faux-faded hour dot markers and hands) — was recently revealed over at Watchtime.net (German language site).   As I was looking around for more details on the watch, my interweb travels led me to other discussions, namely what seems to be the impending discontinuation (entirely) of the GP Hawk collection (which is the collection in which this watch resides).   While this would be a loss for many fans and also in some sense a loss for GP as the Hawk collection is the brand’s only “sport” line, this March 2015 interview with then recently appointed Girard-Perregaux CEO Antonio Calce (formerly of Corum) seems to suggest that the present view is that Hawk does not have a place in the Girard-Perregaux family.  Calce seems to indicate we will see the beginnings of a return to “heritage” in 2016, with a full roll-out in 2017.  Which is interesting because from what I have read the Sea Hawk does have a decent history within GP.  A lot of speculation here, for sure.  It will be interesting to see what happens, stay tuned.

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 in DLC Titanium with Semi-Transparent Blue Dial for Only Watch 2015

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL DLC Titanium Case and Transparent Blue Dial for Only Watch 2015 - Perpetuelle

For Only Watch 2015, Girard Perregaux has created a one-of-a-kind Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date and Moon Phases.  The piece is presented in a titanium DLC case with a transparent blue polycrystalline dial.  It is fitted on a black croc strap with blue stitching.  This won’t be one of the priciest sellers, but it is definitely one of the more original and aesthetically interesting pieces.

At 12 o’clock, the large jumping date displays the date on a transparent pair of discs – an exclusive patented system of the brand.  A moon phase indicator provides a smart balance at the dial’s 6 o’clock position. 

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Transparent Blue Dial detail 2 - Only Watch 2015 - Perpetuelle

There is a sapphire caseback that is overlaid with the ONLY WATCH logo.  Inside is the automatic mechanical GP Cal 03300-0105, with 46-hour power reserve. 

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Caseback - Only Watch 2015 - Perpetuelle

You can see my entire Only Watch 2015 feed right here>>>

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.