There is a plenty of luxury ladies’ timepieces encrusted with dazzling diamonds, but each of them is unique in its own way. Today, I will introduce to you the latest sparkling member of the Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye line of watches.
Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Jewellery Tourbillon with Gold Bridge (the referent number is 99498D53V701-KK7A) represents a perfect blend of high jewelry and fine watchmaking. This exquisite novelty is domed with no less than 1,000 snow-set diamonds and it boasts a mother-of-pearl dial which is the hallmark of Fine Watchmaking intended to ladies. This is probably one of the most sophisticated timepieces this year, and definitely the most sophisticated Girard-Perregaux’s 2013 model.
The heart of this exceptional Cat’s Eye is the in-house manufactured GP09700 movement that provides no less than 70 hours of power reserve when fully charged. At the 6 o’clock position there is a famous and complex Tourbillon with the skillfully hand-engraved gold Bridge that presides majestically. The manually wound movement has 177 individual parts each beautifully decorated, fitted and assembled by hand in the spirit of haute horlogerie. The main plate is rhodium-plated, circular-grained, with circular-grained and beveled hollows, whilst the bridges boast Cottes de Geneve decoration.
Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Jewellery Tourbillon with Gold Bridge is housed in a slightly rounded white gold case and it measures 38.4mm x 32.9mm. More than 1,000 diamonds are covering its case. These sparkling diamonds cover everything, so nothing else is visible apart from the precious stones that perfectly suit the curvature of its case.
This style of setting is called “snow” and it is mastered by only a couple of artisans. The snow-setting style involves positioning the diamonds, one by one, in a way not to leave empty space among them. This is one of the most demanding decorative techniques that allows an artisan to work without any drawings, simply following his instinct and know-how to hollow cavities in the gold case. It took full three weeks of the setting work for each Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Jewellery Tourbillon with Gold Bridge timepiece.
On the right side of the case there is a crown set with a single rose-cut diamond, while the case back can accommodate a personalized engraving. The water resistance is assured up to 30 meters (100 feet), but I’m guessing that no one will wear it while swimming or diving. The watch is teamed with a white alligator leather strap with snow-set gold folding buckle that adds the perfect finishing touch.
This novelty is the latest member of the Cat’s Eye line that was founded back in 2004. This family of watches was so innovative that it won several awards for its elegance and craftsmanship, such as “Watch of the year”. For the last nine years, Girard-Perregaux has supplemented this line with some amazing models. Here you can read my review about Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Steel model.