Following its rich heritage, Girard-Perregaux presented a new line of sport watches, including three version of a bold looking Sea Hawk Diver timepiece, water-resistant to 1000 meters, as well as two versions of an exquisite Chrono Hawk model. Distinctive contemporary designs and high-end performances announce a great success of these cool editions. The Sea Hawk Diver is available for $11,350, while you can have the Chrono Hawk for $14,800.
Girard- Perregaux started producing its first line of military watches back in 1880. In 1940s, the renowned Swiss watchmaker launched the first edition of Sea Hawk watches with a great resistance to water pressure, which further evolved into a diving watch range, during 1960s and 1970s. The ‘modern’ Hawk collection was launched for the first time 10 years ago, representing the perfect match of the striking look and great functionality. Today, we can enjoy redesigned versions, which are specially impressive because of unusual shapes and bold angles of their cases.
The special aesthetic effect comes from an unusual octagonal rubber ring that is nicely inserted between a 44mm angular case and a round bezel, giving the impression of toughness and complexity. Besides, it makes an interesting contrast with satin-finished stainless steel of the bezel and the case and, in one version, beautifully matches rubber inserts on the bezel.
Straps, either made of leather or high-tech rubber, are fitted with new security buckles. They are integrated into the case and provide great comfort.
Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Diver Watch
Created to go in line with the highest demands of professional divers, this great model provides stunning water-resistance up to 1000 meters (3300 feet), thanks to its complex construction, a screwed case-back, a crown protected by a perfectly integrated crown guard and finally, a helium valve that allows decompression on the great depths.
Other things that put the Sea Hawk among the top-end dive timepieces are exceptional readability, as well as great functionality followed by easy-handling. A clear and large dial was primarily designed for legibility. It is either grey or black with the pattern that echoes the emblematic Girard-Perregaux Bridge. Along with indications and markers, this pattern creates a cool, three-dimensional effect.
Oversized markers and hands are coated with a luminescent material that ensures high readability even in the extreme conditions. Additionally, a power reserve, small seconds and minute hands are all highlighted with orange color. The small seconds sub-dial is located at the 10 o’clock position, the date window takes the 1.30 o’clock position, while the power-reserve indicator is at the 6 o’clock. The dial is protected with anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
The anti-clockwise turning bezel with minute indices and coin-edge is another useful diving tool for precise calculating of elapsed time. The crown is located at the 4 o’clock position for the greater comfort on the wrist.
Inside the case, there is Girard-Perregaux Caliber GP3300 self-winding mechanism, entirely developed and produced in-house. This high-end mechanism oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and provides around 46 hours of power-reserve.
As I have already mentioned, there are two versions of Sea Hawk Diving watch. The first one comes with a black dial and this version has rubber inserts on the bezel. The second version has a gray dial and the matching stainless steel bezel. As a matter of fact, there is also a third, special edition of Sea Hawk which is the result of the brand’s partnership with FOReverglades for Miami Art Week, the most important art fair in theUSA. As the part of FOReverglades exhibition of environmentally minded public art, Girard-Perregaux presented a limited edition of the Sea Hawk Diving watch, characteristic by a white leather strap, adorned with figures of the red crocodile.
Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk Watch
This refined new model demonstrates true sport elegance with every single detail of its bold design. Sharp edges of a 44mm case make a nice contrast with a round bezel, while they stay in harmony thanks to the same material (stainless steel) and identical satin-finishes.
Unlike the Sea Hawk’s crown, the crown of the Chrono Hawk is on its common place at the 3 o’clock position. It is made of steel and covered with rubber, just like two chrono pushers, which nicely fits with the rubber octagonal ring.
Stylish look is completed with a rubber-lined strap in leather, either black or brown. The black strap matches a black dial, while the second version with a gray dial comes with a brown leather strap.
The beautifully designed dial features two, symmetrically arranged sub-dials: the 30-minute counter is located at the 9 o’clock position, while the small-seconds sub-dial takes the 3 o’clock position. The tip of the central chronograph hand, as well as the small-seconds hand are highlighted with orange color. The date aperture is at the 6 o’clock. Besides their high readability, applied hour markers have the important aesthetic function, by increasing 3-D effect on the dial.
The Crono Hawk is powered by the Calibre GP3300 self-winding mechanism with an in-house chronograph module. Exceptional finishes of the movement can be seen through the sapphire crystal case-back. Without any doubt, this is one of the most beautiful high-end sport watches in 2012.