The iconic Girard-Perregaux 1966 model is finally available in stainless steel variant. This novelty still poses the well-known aesthetic and the in-house made movement, but it exudes more minimalistic style thanks to its material.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 in Stainless Steel is the unisex timepiece which goes perfectly on both ladies and gentlemen’s wrists. The watch is housed in a round, classic-looking case which measures 40mm in diameter and 8.9mm in thickness.
The beating heart of the new Girard-Perregaux 1966 watch is the same in-house manufactured caliber GP03300-0030 movement which is incorporated in the rest of the 3-hands 1966 models with one big difference when compared to the gold versions: the rotor is not in gold anymore but rhodium plated. It still features the same positive points from the back, such as nice finishes including Geneva stripes, chamfered bridges, perlages, a flat design, as well as an efficient automatic winding.
The impeccable mechanism built on 27 jewels is capable to store no less than 46 hours of power reserve and displays the hours, minutes and seconds on the central axis, as well as a date in a window located at the 3 o’clock position. It is a high-frequency movement that oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies the opaline silvered dial with beveled indicators, as well as the leaf-style hour and minute hands, which are unique to the 1966 collection. A facetted and straight applied indexes are arranged every 5 minutes, while tiny black dots between them create a minute track. There is also a thin, streamlined large seconds hand and a date indicator which is located at the 3 o’clock position.
The water resistance of the case is assured down to 30 meters (about 100 feet).
Depending on a model, Girard-Perregaux 1966 in Stainless Steel is paired either with a steel bracelet or a black alligator strap (their referent numbers are 49555-11-131-11A and 49555-11-131-BB60). The first one can be purchased for $8,200, while the latter is priced $7,500.
These newcomers in the Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection are much more affordable than the gold edition which comes for approximately $16,000.