Unveiled at the Baselworld 2016, Girard-Perregaux 1966 Perpetual Calendar features a very useful complication that shows date, days, months and leap years. This exceptional timepiece is a competing piece for GPHG 2016 annual award in the Calendar category.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Perpetual Calendar is equipped with the in-house manufactured caliber GP03300-0096 automatic movement which functions include hours, minutes, central seconds, as well as perpetual calendar with indicators of date, day, month and leap years. This highly complex mechanism needs to be adjusted once a century because it is able to recognize the length of each month taking into account the cycle of bissextile years. In other words, this very useful complication counts 1461 days, or four years.
The self-winding mechanism oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz) and it can store enough energy to keep the time tracking for approximately 46 hours. The traditional movement’s finishes include: Côtes de Genève and circular-graining on the movement plate, as well as Côtes de Genève on the gold oscillating weight. The perfect finishes of the impeccable mechanism which are in line with the Girard-Perregaux’s watchmaking tradition can be seen via the transparent case back of the watch.
The exquisite Girard-Perregaux watch is housed in an elegant case crafted from 18-karat rose gold. The case measures 41mm in diameter and 12.55mm in thickness. Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a stunning, satin-finished silver dial with leaf-shaped hour and minute hands that match the case material.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Perpetual Calendar (the referent number 49547-52-131-BB60) can be purchased for 49,000 Swiss francs which is approximately $50,100. The new timepieces from the house of Girard-Perregaux that exceeds the most demanding expectations in terms of watch finishes and design, comes attached to a black alligator leather strap with stitches, ending with a rose gold folding buckle.
This year, Girard-Perregaux celebrates its 225th anniversary. In order to commemorate this jubilee, La Chaux-de-Fonds- based manufacturer has released several amazing models, such as Girard-Perregaux 1966 Skeleton, Place Girardet, Stradale Chronograph, Circuito Chronograph, Cat’s Eye Aventurine Dial Watch, La Esmeralda Tourbillon, the updated version of the Laureato model, as well as the 1957 Gyromatic Watch inspired by the Girard-Perregaux’s iconic model from the 1960s.
For GPHG 2016, the total of 172 timepieces have been chosen in 12 categories. The jury will now have to make pre-selection of six competing watches per category for a worldwide tour that will stop off in Seoul, Rome and Dubai, before final judging in Geneva.