The Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic is inspired by the Girard-Perregaux’s iconic model from the 1960s. The number “1957″ in the name of this special edition timepiece comes from the year when Girard-Perregaux’s Gyromatic system substituted roller-equipped unidirectional clutches for ratchet wheels. This special edition timepiece is issued in the limited series of 225 pieces in honor of the brand’s 225th anniversary.
The Girard-Perregaux 1957 (ref. 41957-11-131-BB6A) is housed in an elegant, stainless steel case with polished upper and brushed sides, measuring 40mm in diameter and only 9.45mm in thickness. The watch features a recognizable oval case with a round bezel. The case, as well as its dial feature a revisited vintage design strongly inspired by the aesthetic codes of the historic Gyromatic watch.
Underneath the raised sapphire crystal glass lies a quite handsome champagne dial with antique effects, such as silver dauphine hands and applied markers. The hour markers are wider when compared with the original Gyromatic model from the 1960s, while the hour and minute hands now come filled with luminous material that guarantees high legibility in case of poor visibility. The sleek and elegant dial also comprises a small black-on-white date window which is traditionally placed at the 3 o’clock position.
The raised crystal in the style of plexiglass crystals from that era seems quite interesting and I must admit that, in my opinion, it is even better solution than the sapphire.
The reverse side of the watch features a see-through sapphire crystal case back showing the GP03300-0130 movement with traditional finishes like back in the 1960s and 1970s with “Côtes de Genève” on the main plate and circular graining decorations on the main plate and oscillating weight.
The movement provides the usual functions of hour, minute and second, as well as a date function. The impeccable mechanism is compiled on the 27 jewels, has the frequency of 28,800 oscillations per hour (4 Hz) and promises at least 46 hours of power reserve. The caliber GP03300-0130 consists of 218 individual parts and it is 25.60mm wide and just 3.20mm thick.
The case of the vintage-inspired Girard-Perregaux 1957 Gyromatic Watch is proven to be water resistant up to 30 meters (approximately 100 feet).
This newcomer with retro charm is teamed up with a black alligator leather strap that emphasizes watch’s simplicity. A steel folding buckle keeps the watch secured on the wearer’s wrist.
The new Girard-Perregaux watch comes with the price of $10,300.