Here we have another splendid timepiece from the watchmaker who made the “golden bridge” famous. The Gold Bridge has been one of Girard-Perregaux’s trademarks for decades, and its new Tourbillon with Gold Bridge is the expression of a unique heritage.
This beautiful tourbillon is presented in the Girard-Perregaux’s vintage inspired 1966 style. The tourbillon mechanism is a mixture of the Manufacture’s expertise, equipped with the accuracy required by the Maison’s GP 09600 self-winding mechanical movement.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon with Gold Bridge is housed in a relatively modest 40mm case crafted either in white or pink gold. Each of them is presented in a very limited edition. The Pink gold version with the referent number 99535-52-131-BKBA is issued in 25 pieces, while the white gold model with the referent number 99535-53-131-BK6A is produced in only 5 specimens.
The Tourbillon Secured by a Gorgeous Golden Bridge Makes the Exquisite Visual Effect
Its elegant case houses a silvered dial surface with a sunburst-motif that evokes to the classic watches of the time. Four applied hour markers give aesthetic balance, while the foliate hands sweep this picture with their unchanging regularity. The tourbillon sits splendidly at the 6 o’clock position. I must say that the 60-second tourbillon is definitely the star of the show together with its massive ruby at the center and a large gold bridge.
Wealthily encrusted, each piece respects the sophistication of the work. The carriage is mounted with gold adjusting screws, and is beveled and polished by hand, just like the escapement and pallet bridges.
The latest brand’s tourbillon boasts a tourbillon bridge fashioned in an unusual shape called “bassiné”, which means the two sides are rounded off and semi-cylindrical in shape. The craftsman dexterously files the ends with regular movements to give them a soft, semi-cylindrical form, before finishing the work with traditional tools.
The beating heart of the watch, the time-proven Girard-Perregaux caliber GP 09600 consists of 228 individual components. This exceptional mechanism provides approximately 48 hours of power reserve and oscillates at the frequency of 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz).
The architecture and decorations of the new Girard-Perregaux tourbillon are inspired by the pocket tourbillons of the nineteenth century. The mechanism is beautifully hand chamfered with a meticulous detail, the reminiscent of the technique and the craftsmanship of the Girard-Perregaux Maison’s.
The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon with Gold Bridge provides water resistance up to 30 meters (about 100 feet) and is shown both on a brown alligator strap for the Pose Gold model and on a black alligator strap for the White gold model, together with matching pin buckles. Each of these two versions can be purchased for the retail price of $154,500.00.