Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk
by Kyle Stults on December 05, 2012
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First look…

You are looking at the new Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk.  This is an entirely new range for the manufacture (“Hawk”); it accompanies the newly redesigned Sea Hawk which I shared a sneak preview of last week.  The Chrono Hawk is presented in a new and very angular, very masculine 44mm case (also used for the new Sea Hawk), in your choice of light (Ref. 49970-11-131-HDBA) or dark (Ref. 49970-11-231-HD6A) dial color.  The watch features a well balanced, highly legible dial with great color and texture — and a bi-compax chronograph layout.  The overall effect is one mean looking watch — and that’s a compliment of the highest order.  Perpetuelle couldn’t be more excited about this watch.  Closer look and more details, below.

Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk – Black Dial

What a beauty!!!

Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk – Silver Dial

On the dial of the Chrono Hawk we see a subtle honeycomb pattern inside of a slightly slanted chapter ring (in isolation the shape on the dial is that of the famous GP bridge) .  The thick, sword-style hour and minute hands go well with the overall look, and the central second hand with orange tip and the orange chrono seconds add a nice dash of color to the mix.   The dial is well proportioned, well balanced, easy to read  — lots to like and nothing not to.

The watch is powered by GP’s widely used automatic mechanical GP3300 movement, visible through the sapphire display back:

A closer look at the dial:

It must be said that Girard-Perregaux has done a masterful job with this new case design.  The integration with the strap — beautiful and seamless.  The chrono pushers and crown — well shaped, well sized and also seamlessly integrated.   Interesting to me is the octagonal-shaped rubber ring which appears to sit on the top of the case, but below the bezel.   It adds a measure of sportiness to the watch and simultaneously ties together the angular case and round bezel and provides an important visual break between the two and their identical satin-finish.

This new case style really makes this watch such a winner, and more importantly it gives Girard-Perregaux a solid foundation for building on in future years.   GP really did a wonderful job with these new watches, I couldn’t be more excited to see them in person.  Price on the Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk is $14,800.