Two new versions of the Sea Hawk watches were presented at the recently closed Basel watch fair. The Sea Hawk and the Chrono Hawk timepieces are housed in high-tech black ceramic cases. Girard-Perregaux uses the ceramic which is distinguished by the extremely fine zirconium oxide powder. This type of synthetic ceramic provides superb corrosion resistance, as well as great resistance to high temperatures and scratches. Thus, these new Hawk models are perfectly tooled to withstand the test of time.
The functionality of the new chronograph and the new diving watch serves as a reminder of the Girard-Perregaux’s sports watch credentials, beginning in 1880, with the very first mass-produced military wristwatches, and then followed in the 1940s with the first generation of Sea Hawk.
A Perfect Diving Companion – The New Sea Hawk Watch
The new Girard-Perregaux diver’s watch is crafted from unchanging, hypoallergenic and heat-reflecting ceramic. Its case measures 44mm in diameter and 17.8mm in thickness and it is coated with anti-reflective sapphire crystals. The water resistance of the watch is assured down to amazing 300 meters (circa 1,000 feet) in accordance with the very strict ISO 6425 standard.
The heart of the watch is the in-house manufactured caliber GP03300-0074 that provides minimum 46 hours of power reserve when fully charged. The Swiss made automatic movement is built on 27 jewels and has a beating rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).
The new Sea Hawk Watch (with the referent number 49960-32-632-FK6A) features a unidirectional diving bezel for calculating elapsed dive time. The case is constructed to provide a high shock-resistance (it was subjected to the pressure in excess of 1,500 kg), as well as its crown which is situated at the 4 o’clock position and reinforced with a crown guard that is perfectly integrated with the case. Further, the case boasts an impressive shine and its octagon shape looks very attractive.
Its multi-layered dial provides perfect legibility while playing with the reliefs, a luminous material and the layout of the display against a decor inspired by the shape of the brand’s Bridge. The hour markers and the hands are improved with luminescent touches, while some dial details are high-lighted in red, such as the hands of the power reserve indicator and the subsidiary-second. The date window is placed between 1 and 2 o’clock positions.
The wristlet is a black rubber strap with a PVD titanium and ceramic folding buckle.
The New Chrono Hawk Created to Attract a New Generation of Watch Enthusiast
The new Girard-Perregaux Chronograph with the referent number 49970-32-631-FK6A houses the ceramic case with the same diameter as the Sea Hawk watch, while the thickness is 15.85mm. It is also shielded with anti-reflective sapphire crystals, while its case is constructed to resist water pressure of up to 100 meters (330 feet).
This newcomer is powered with the Girard-Perregaux in-house caliber GP03300-0073 automatic movement. The mechanism with a chronograph complication is built on 61 jewels and it oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 beats per hour. It is able to store enough energy in its power reserve to function at least 46 hours. The watch has a see through case back secured with 6 screws where you can enjoy the inner beauty of the Swiss made movement.
The new Girard-Perregaux has a well-balanced dial with sub-dials situated at 3 and 9 o’clock positions. The hour markers and the hands are enhanced with a luminescent material to provide perfect readability. The date aperture is displayed at the 6 o’clock position and balanced with the Girard-Perregaux’s logo located at the 12 o’clock position.
The watch is secured to the wearer’s wrist with the same comfortable black rubber strap as the new Girard-Perregaux diving watch. To conclude, I have no doubt that these GP novelties will find their places on the market.