Girard-Perregaux continues to surprise its female clientele. At Baselworld 2015, the Swiss manufacturer unveiled the new Cat’s Eye Small Second timepiece that boasts a beautiful oval dial that beats to the rhythm of the impeccable mechanical movements of the Fine Watchmaking Manufacture.
For the last ten years, the oval shape of the Cat’s Eye has been the hallmark of one of the most beautiful dedications to fine watchmaking aficionados. This novelty, just like all members of the Cat’s Eye collection, represents a unique blend of refined design and mechanical expertise.
Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Small Second is housed in an 18-karat pink gold case which measures 35,40 x 30,40mm. The elegant case incorporates a stunning bezel which is encrusted with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds (weighing 0.85 carats). The slender horns of the case which are emblematic of the Cat’s Eye collection magnify this elegant silhouette, enhanced with a floral-inspired crown. The watch is domed with sapphire crystals and constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (about 100 feet).
Underneath the front glass lies a gorgeous mother-of-pearl dial with a sun pattern which radiates from the seconds indicator. Its dial is full of different, yet matching effects. A date window which is located at the 3 o’clock position echoes the oval design of the case, whereas the radiance of the diamond hour markers responds to the rays of light enhancing the mother-of-pearl. The dial comprises two large Arabic numerals 6 and 12, while for the other hour markers, Girard-Perregaux set 9 diamonds (totaling 0.108 carats). The leaf-shaped, delicately curved hour and minute hands give a poetic ode set to the rhythm of the mechanical movement.
The sapphire crystal case-back secured by four screws reveals the secrets of a beautiful watchmaking tradition that’s always in search of the next great mechanism. The self-winding caliber GP03300 is entirely developed, assembled and finished in the Manufacture’s workshops. The mechanical movement consists of 205 parts and measures 25.60mm in diameter and only 3.20mm in thickness.
The mechanism offers hour, minute, small second and date functions and it is capable to store enough energy to keep the watch ticking for approximately 46 hours. The beating rate of the movement is 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz). The in-house manufactured mechanism comes with 18-karat pink gold oscillating weight encrusted with a tapestry of “GP” pattern, whilst its bridges and main plate are stretched, chamfered, circular grained and decorated with côtes de Genève.
Girard-Perregaux offered two models of the new Cat’s Eye Small Second watch. The first one is attached to a delicate black fine alligator strap (ref. 80484D52A763-BK6B), while for those who more prefer bracelets there is a rose gold bracelet version (ref. 80484D52A763-52A).