To get a unique timepiece for the Only Watch 2011 charity auction, Girard-Perregaux has used titanium oxide for a model from its renowned ww.tc collection. This interesting chronograph with the “world times” function combines different kinds of ultra light and tough materials, specially shaped to look smooth on a man’s wrist.
Soon after the first production of Girard-Perregaux’s “Worldtimer”, in 2000, the ww.tc collection (world-wide time control) has become the brand’s trademark. Today, with a simultaneous display of all time zones, these watches are recognizable on the first glance. It is not a surprise that the famous watchmaker decided to produce a unique ww.tc piece and dedicate it to the Only Watch. (It will be auctioned inMonaco, on September 22. The proceeds will be used for a research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.)
The source of its uniqueness is in a 43 mm, multi-material case. The white single-piece case middle is made of ultra-light titanium oxide, while a thin bezel is ceramic. The internal protective container is crafted in titanium, two push-pieces and two crowns in vulcanized rubber and finally, Girard-Perregaux used smoked sapphire crystal for the caseback. Crafted from 40 components, this striking case is also distinctive by its beautiful softness and roundness.
The dial of the Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Only Watch 2011 is overcrowded, but still pretty readable and aesthetic. It features a rotating 24 hour disc and the names of cities (Monacois stressed with red), inscribed at the outer rim. The disk can be adjusted by the crown on the left side of the case. Beside the fact that it simultaneously shows accurate time in 24 time zones, it is also a day/night indicator.
The central, black part of the dial features three chrono sub-dials which partly cover nicely designed Arabic numerals that indicate hours. The 30 minutes counter is at the 9 o’clock position, the 60 seconds counter is located at the 3 o’clock position, while the 12 hours sub-dial takes the 6 o’clock position. It is a fly-back chronograph. A date window is located between 1 and 2 o’clock positions.
The Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Only Watch 2011 is powered with an in-house GP03387 self-winding movement consisting of over 450 components. It beats with the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), comprises 63 jewels and can work 46 hours when it is not worn.
This extraordinary timepiece comes with a black rubber strap that incorporates a folding buckle, in black DLC titanium. It has solid resistance to water-pressure up to 100 meters (330 feet).