Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moonphase & GMT Watch is designed with globetrotters and international traveling watch lovers in mind.
Girard-Perregaux presents three different models of the new watch in either stainless steel, 18-karat pink gold, or in a special limited edition dedicated to the famous English carpenter and clockmaker, John Harrison, to mark the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Act.
The watch is housed in a large-sized 44mm case which incorporates a narrow bezel in order to provide optimal readability of the dial which is full of information and details. The date is displayed in a beautifully designed window which is placed at the 12 o’clock position. This aperture uses a patented mechanism which shows the date without separating the two numerals that make up the figure. The tens disk is opaque, whereas the numerals representing the units are located on a transparent disk that is only 0.10mm thick.
The dial also offers information relating to the second time-zone which are indicated in the sub-dial located between 4 and 5 o’clock positions. Symmetrically positioned between 7 and 8 o’clock positions there is a seconds sub-dial which also offers the information of the current phase of the Moon. The moon is metal-plated with a multiplicity of shades of gray on the top of the quite thin disk. The dial is encrusted with a geographic motif inspired by the Earth’s intertwining meridians and parallels which are merging into the dial’s slender indexes.
The beating heart of the watch is the caliber GP03300-0093 self-winding movement which offers at least 46 hours of power reserve when fully wound. The movement is nicely finished with an oscillating weight inspired by the shape of the Girard-Perregaux tourbillon bridge which is visible through the transparent case back. The 35 jewels movement oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,000 vibrations per hour (4Hz), to ensure the highest precision in all situations.
As I have already mentioned, besides steel and gold models, Girard-Perregaux also unveiled a limited series of 50 pieces as a tribute to, John Harrison (1693-1776), a self-educated English carpenter and clockmaker recognized as the inventor of the marine chronometer. This limited edition model with the referent number 49655-52-133-BBBA is distinguished with a special dial and the case back with inscribed words “Tribute to John Harrison”. One more detail on this watch pays a tribute to the incomparable self-educated clockmaker – one of the meridians engraved onto the dial is enhanced thanks to an added applied graduation.
This is the prime meridian which corresponds to that of Greenwich in England that was used by Harrison to define the standard reference time. Furthermore, the second time-zone sub-dial reproduces a map of Western Europe, in black, on an anthracite-gray background. Harrison’s mother country on this map – Great Britain is marked out in red.
The new Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date, Moonphase & GMT Watch is teamed with a genuine alligator leather strap, ending with a folding clasp.