225 unique watch masterpieces, paying tribute to 225 years of glorious history. Girard Perregaux launches the unprecedented and classic series ‘Girard Perregaux Place Girardet’. Each watch has a unique and exquisite dial design. For the first time, the brand’s most iconic ‘Pont d’or’ Golden Bridge and The Microvar balance perfectly integrates and commemorates this unparalleled year with an extraordinary design concept.
Girard Perregaux’s new automatic movement and the “Pont d’ or” golden bridge hollow dial show the beauty of the variable inertia Microvar balance wheel. Each watch in this engraved series has a small gold plate on the dial and is engraved with the year from 1791 to 2016. The iconic numbers start in 1791, an important year for Girard-Perregaux, as the highlight of each watch, symbolizing an important milestone for the brand in that year. The brand has also carefully added a unique design to each watch: the dial of each watch has different styles of scales, minute scales and embellishments, including wheat texture and cross-knit twist, satin or sandblasting effects, etc., clever The concept and unique design are enough to highlight the uniqueness of each watch.
The essence of superb watchmaking
In 1791, Jean-François Bautte, the founder of GP Girard-Perregaux, first introduced precision timepieces, which kicked off the GP Girard-Perregaux legend. He brought together many elite watchmakers and founded a watchmaking workshop. So far, the exquisite watchmaking technology laid down by GP Girard-Perregaux watches has been used to this day and has become a unique feature of the brand. To ensure that each watchmaking process reaches a superb and perfect level, even the final processing is meticulous and strives for excellence.
Girard-Perregaux’s independent business model also gives the brand maximum freedom to innovate. More than 80 patents accumulated over two centuries are the best proof. The Girard-Perregaux Place GP Girardet collection recalls the many glorious moments of this legend. For example, as early as 1889, GP Girard-Perregaux has won the Paris World Expo Gold Medal with the ‘Three Golden Bridge Tourbillon’; this great masterpiece has brought the development of tourbillon watches into a completely new realm and officially opened the history of watchmaking. Pinnacle of journey. In 1966, the brand created the ‘Gyromatic HF of 1966’ with the first high-frequency movement with a frequency of 36,000 times per hour. Watches equipped with this movement possess an excellent level of performance. This movement also made GP Girard-Perregaux win the ‘Observatory Centennial Award’ awarded by the Canton of Neuchâtel, in recognition of GP Girard-Perregaux’s extraordinary achievements in research and development.
GP Girard-Perregaux has always taken innovation as its responsibility, and continues to maintain the brand’s absolute leadership in technology. In 2008, the brand created another revolutionary and innovative legend, the ‘constant power escapement’, which cleverly uses simple physical principles to shock the watch world like never before. After a year, Girard-Perregaux successfully developed the Microvar variable inertia balance in 2009. This breakthrough design is the movement of the GP Girard-Perregaux series. The balance wheel placed in the center of the watch evenly distributes the movement’s power, bringing the famous crisp ‘click’ sound. The unique structure of the Microvar balance is set with six screws, and two inertia weights are set on the edge of the balance. This structure more effectively balances the power and greatly improves the accuracy of the watch. The legend of 225 years of innovative watchmaking, one after another, confirms the brand’s ultimate pursuit of design aesthetics, sophisticated technology and timing precision.
Unique dial aesthetics
This time, all the styles of the ‘GP Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet’ series are adorned with the brand’s most iconic ‘Pont d’or’ Golden Bridge. At the six o’clock position, the golden bridge was first set on the Microvar balance. The small gold piece at the nine o’clock position is set directly on the movement, making the complex movement’s aesthetics stand out. The short sentence in the center of the watch portrays important moments of the year, including important moments in GP Girard-Perregaux and watchmaking, and important milestones in the cultural, scientific and political spheres. For example, the design symbolizing 1808 is complemented by a taupe dial and ornate carvings in honor of Beethoven’s fifth symphony. The 1963 model with a blue sandblasted dial is a commemoration of the first female astronaut’s space flight. ‘GP Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet’ series uses different colors of decoration, different types of scales and different styles of hands to symbolize different vintage watches.
See the beauty of the balance wheel from the dial
Since the establishment of the brand in 1791, Girard Perregaux has placed great emphasis on the aesthetics of its dials. ‘GP Girard Perregaux Place Girardet’ series, with a 41 mm diameter rose gold case, the height is only less than 11 mm. The case and lugs extend to a black alligator strap and a rose gold folding clasp. With its sapphire crystal back engraved with the “1791” year of GP Girard Perregaux, the exquisite movement and gold rotor are clearly visible. Girard Perregaux also moves the Microvar variable inertia balance to the side of the dial to show It’s a dynamic beauty never seen before. The eagle has been a symbol of Girard-Perregaux since 1897. It has also become the mark of this special commemorative edition series, finely engraved on the movement. The new GP01800-0005 automatic mechanical movement is a new version of the mechanical movement GP01800. This new GP01800-005 movement has 194 components, displays hours, minutes and central seconds, and has a power reserve of up to 54 hours. GP Girard-Perregaux watchmakers also used traditional techniques to add exquisite decoration to this movement. The main board and gear bridge are decorated with Geneva ripples, and the pendulum is also decorated with a sunburst.
In order to celebrate this extraordinary year 2016, the “GP Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet” series interprets the exquisite watchmaking skills of more than two centuries with modern aesthetics, and sublimes the brand’s glorious history and watch masterpieces since 1791 Tribute.
Material: Rose Gold
Diameter: 41.00 mm
Height: 10.89 mm
Mirror: anti-reflective sapphire
Bottom: Sapphire crystal
Dial: 225 unique dials set or painted with different numbers / scales. The dial design symbolizes different years from 1791 to 2016.
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Serial number: GP01800-0005, mechanical automatic winding movement
Diameter: 28.50 mm (131/4’’’)
Height: 3.80 mm
Vibration frequency: 28,800 times per hour (4 Hz)
Gems: 31 pieces
Power reserve: at least 54 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds
Material: Hand-stitched black crocodile belt
Clasp: Rose gold folding clasp