Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC

The new Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC – World-Wide Time Control – presented at SIHH in January 2017, changes everything with respect to the previous version. The chronograph function has been removed, and the second crown at 9 o’clock, absent in the 2013 version, has been reintroduced and provides a distinctive look to the watch. The dial…

Girard-Perregaux Neo-Bridges

Girard-Perregaux Neo-Bridges

It’s as if some brands had giant ghosts drifting through the corridors of their Manufactures, the ghosts of dead watchmakers calling the people there, saying “remember us, your glorious past!” They are ghosts that make it difficult to design watches that belong to the future. For a brand like Girard-Perregaux, the ghost is very big,…

Ermenegildo Zegna Monterubello Travel watch

Many fashion brands make watches – or at least commission them from third-party companies – but only in a few cases are they something more than just brand extension operations. Ermenegildo Zegna is an Italian brand with a lot of courage (working with a name as long as that), responsibility (admirable commitment to their local…

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton

The 1966 Skeleton by Girard-Perregaux is one of the watches celebrating the company’s 225th anniversary. The case in pink gold, 38 mm in diameter and 9.27 thick, is perfectly dimensioned for the 1966 movement which is 30 mm in diameter. Notable features of the exposed movement are the balance at 12 o’clock, the rhodium-plated gear…

Girard-Perregaux Esmeralda Tourbillon

Girard-Perregaux Esmeralda Tourbillon

The Girard-Perregaux Esmeralda Tourbillon, reference 99275-52-000-BA6E, is based on a watch in the brand’s Museum collection shown in the photo below. The new piece is not a limited edition, but only one or two watches can be produced every month, so it’s never going to be a high-production watch. Each piece is assembled by a…

Girard-Perregaux Laureato

Girard-Perregaux Laureato

Girard-Perregaux‘s numerous connections with Italy are exemplified by Laureato, a watch whose name was suggested by the company’s Italian distributor in 1975. It is the Italian name of the film The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman. Those years were the time in which octagonal bezels and integrated bracelets were arriving from Gerald Genta (Audemars Piguet Royal…

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Majestic

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Majestic

Girard-Perregaux launched the Cat’s Eye women’s watch in 2004. It is hallmarked by the oval case, horizontal or vertical. This year’s models, in steel, steel and gold, and pink gold, have a case with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds on the narrow bezel, with dials in fan-shaped sunray or guilloché decoration. The hour markings comprise two or…

Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet

Girard-Perregaux Place Girardet

This year marks Girard-Perregaux’s 225th anniversary, and the brand have presented Place Girardet, a watch named after the location in La Chaux-de-Fonds where the company was founded and still operates. Girard-Perregaux have taken the idea of a limited edition to a new level: not a numbered series from 1 to 225, but from 1791 to…

Girard-Perregaux Competizione Stradale

Girard-Perregaux Competizione chronograph

The Girard-Perregaux Competizione chronograph is made in two variants, Stradale in steel, Circuito in carbon. As suggested by the name, they are road-racing-inspired watches, with piston-shaped chronograph pushers, dials with three subdials, and tachymeter scales on the Stradale versions. The Circuito is the sportiest, with titanium-carbon case and carbon-effect leather strap. Both are powered by…

Girard-Perregaux Chamber of Wonders

Girard-Perregaux Chamber of Wonders

The Chamber of Wonders series began in 2015, with intricately-painted dials. Three new pieces have been introduced for 2016, all limited editions of 18 pieces. They are based on the Girard-Perregaux 1966 pink gold watch, with in-house self-winding GP03300-0060 movement. This runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hertz, has 205 components: 26 jewels, and a power reserve of…

Girard-Perregaux 1957

Girard-Perregaux 1957

At a time at which many watchmaking companies are suffering to a degree – Swatch Group will be announcing a 12% drop in sales for the first half of 2016 for the group, with a 50-60% drop in profits – entry-level watches in 1960s style seem to represent an ever-popular option (other examples include the…

SIHH 2015

Girard-Perregaux returns to SIHH

Yesterday, Girard-Perregaux announced that they will be returning to Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in 2017. This fair, which takes place every year in January, is run by Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. “As a founding member of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, Girard-Perregaux naturally regains its position alongside the most prestigious brands…

Girard-Perregaux Neo-Tourbillon

This year’s version of the Neo-Tourbillon by Girard-Perregaux is similar to the 2014 version with gold case, but the use of titanium with black DLC makes it even more modern in looks, a dark stage on which the lovely silvery tourbillon acts out its magic, apparently floating in mid-air. The curved bridges are a modern…

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Small Second

Girard-Perregaux first introduced the Cat’s Eye collection in 2004, and since then many versions have been produced, all featuring the horizontal oval dial shape. The case, 35.4 mm across and 30.4 mm from top to bottom, is a composition of ellipses, one framing the circular date window, another for the small seconds on the left,…

Girard-Perregaux 1966 in steel

Many prestigious watch brands are engaged in the quest to introduce their products to a wider audience, principally by widening the price fork downwards. One of the ways this can be done is to use quartz movements, and examples include Longines, Corum and Glashütte Original; another way is to use steel instead of gold or…

Girard-Perregaux

Company profile: The origins of Girard-Perregaux are conventionally dated to 1791, when Jean-François Bautte signed his first watches. He became well-known for his extra-thin watch models, and set up a company in Geneva with the idea of having all the crafts involved in watchmaking under one roof, at that time an innovative concept. Working separately,…

A blue dress watch by Girard-Perregaux

The Blue Hour Girard-Perregaux 1966 41mm is a stylish dress watch with an intense blue sunburst-finish dial and a blue alligator strap. The case is 41 mm in diameter and thin enough (10.01 mm) to slip discreetly under your shirt sleeve, making it perfect both for use with evening dress and with a smart casual…