Girard-Perregaux launches 1945 Tourbillon
Dubai, June 16, 2009
Girard-Perregaux, a Swiss watchmaker known for its luxury watches, has launched a limited edition of the prestigious Tourbillon with three bridges, which comes with a new vintage 1945 case with a curved profile.
Its design is inspired by a watch made by Constant Girard-Perregaux in the 1860s. Fifty pieces revisit this heritage with a modern outlook.
In the 19th Century, Constant Girard-Perregaux devoted long years to studying and putting together various escapement systems, in particular the tourbillon escapement. Its developments guided him towards a majestic architecture: he redesigned the three bridges holding the movement wheels in the shape of arrows, and set them in parallel, thereby aligning the barrel, the wheel train and the Tourbillon in the same axis.
In this way, he achieved a completely innovative concept: the movement was no longer a technical and functional element, but also a design element in its own right.
The perseverance and ingenuity of the La Chaux-de-Fonds watchmaker were rewarded: in 1889, his Tourbillon with three gold Bridges won a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition.
Among Constant Girard-Perregaux’s work that led to the creation of his award-winning watch, a pocket watch with three parallel bridges, created in the 1860s, paved the way for his masterpiece.
Crowned by a first class prize from the Neuchâtel Observatory, this watch had aligned bridges, but the use of gold and the final shape of the bridges were still to come. The Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold Bridges reinterprets this concept with a modern outlook.
Its skeleton bridges assert a highly contemporary geometric simplicity. The purity of their lines results from meticulous preparation: the bridges are firstly finely hollowed out, and then carefully hand polished. It takes seven whole days of work to obtain an impeccable finish, particularly on the many tight angles.
The Tourbillon too is the object of extreme attention, with its 72 components needing to be perfectly assembled within a diameter of one centimetre.
The distinction of this piece is also down to its rectangular case. Inspired by an Art Déco style watch from 1945, its design has been rethought by the Manufacture. Its spherical profile, with a slight camber, makes for a perfect match to the shape of the wrist.
The crown is discreetly integrated into the case, to retain the balance of the lines. This aesthetic sophistication is supplemented by technical specifications illustrating Girard-Perregaux’s comprehensive expertise.
The Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold bridges is fitted with a self-winding calibre, thanks to an exclusive mechanism patented by the manufacture: a platinum micro-rotor, incorporated behind the barrel, preserves the architecture of the movement, which has become an emblem of the brand.
The Vintage 1945 Tourbillon is available at Damas jewellery showroom at a price of Dh622,700 ($170,000), according to a report. – TradeArabia News Service