Only 6 weeks have left to the moment when Baselworld watch show will open its gates. Some of the most interesting pre-released watches at the moment come from Girard-Perregaux. The Swiss watchmaker presents a new model of their all-round classic: the Girard-Perregaux 1966, as well as their all-time rectangular Vintage 1945 model, both featuring dials clad exclusively in blue and thus paying tribute to the traditional blue color of the Brand.
The company’s founder, Jean-François Bautte, was one of the first watch manufacturers to make successful use of deep blue tone at the end of 18th century. In that time it was seen as a revolutionary development. For the last two centuries, this color has been a regular feature of Girard-Perregaux timepieces.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Watch
The new Girard-Perregaux 1966 perfectly combines ping gold and deep blue. This attractive timepiece is housed in a pink gold case with the diameter of 38mm and the thickness of only 8.62mm. Its classic-looking, round case features a slightly protruding middle surmounted by a beveled, diamond-effect bezel, which gives the watch a profile of rare distinction.
The beating heart of the watch is the in-house manufactured caliber GP03300-0030 mechanical movement which animates central seconds, minutes, hours and a date function. The self-winding mechanism has a power reserve of up to 46 hours and a beating rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).
This newcomer boasts an absolutely gorgeous deep blue dial with a subtle sunburst finish. The dial comprises hour indices, the double baton hour marker at the 12 o’clock position, single baton hour markers at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions, as well as leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, a thin seconds hand and a date window situated at the 3 o’clock position.
The baton shaped hour markers at the quarter hours are crafted from pink gold, while other markers are just painted in pink gold. There are also Girard-Perregaux’s logo and name which are situated on the upper part of the dial, whereas the word “automatic” is painted on the lower half of the dial.
The new GP 1966 in Pink Gold comes with the matching dark blue alligator leather strap which ends with a pink gold pin buckle.
The watch is protected on front side with a slightly domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, while the case back features a sapphire crystal pane. The watch case is constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (100 feet).
Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Small Second
This gorgeous rectangular timepiece represents the most authentic Art Deco style of watchmaking. The case is crafted from polished stainless steel which measures 36.20mm x 35.25mm, featuring two vertical gadroons at the 12 and the 6 o’clock positions. This novelty also features a blue dial which, like the case, presents a profile that is twice as curved and further emphasized by a vertical brushed effect.
The outer rim of the dial boasts a rail-track minute circle accompanied by polished “Breguet” appliqué numerals. The new GP 1945 watch comprises a small seconds sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position whose red figure “60″ represents the sole touch of bright color to be found in the ensemble. Furthermore, the dauphine-styled minute and hour hands are faceted and delicately curved by hand to follow the shape of the rectangular dial.
The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Small Second watch is powered by the caliber GP03300-0051 mechanical movement which provides 46 hours of power reserve when fully wound. The self-winding movement is built on 32 jewels and has the oscillating rate of 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz).
As it has been reported by the manufacturer, the model will be available in two different variants. The first one will be accessorized with a navy blue alligator strap, whilst the second one will be equipped with a steel bracelet.