Girard-Perregaux has already found the important place at the upcoming SIHH 2012 by presenting its latest products that will be officially revealed at one of the world’s most important watch shows. After presenting the new 1966 Small Seconds model, Girard-Perregaux introduced the brand new 1966 Annual Calendar and Equation of Time watch that nicely combines renowned range’s elegance and the purity of line with the new striking elements that give strong impression of uniqueness, such as a pink gold case and a ruthenium dial.
The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Collection is certainly one of the brand’s most distinctive emblems that recalls the important year in its history, when Girard-Perregaux launched the first high frequency movement and received the Neuchâtel Observatory’s Centenary Prize for its developments in the field of research and precision.
New Annual Calendar and Equation of Time watch meets the highest standards of the renowned collection in every aspect. In the first place, it is a fabulous Calibre GP033M0 self-winding movement that takes the breath away. Completely manufactured in-house, this mechanism with remarkable finishes and even more remarkable performances features an ingenious complication that shows the difference between the real solar time and the mean or civil time. Thanks to the innovative mechanism, with an annual disc which elliptical cam reproduces the Earth’s movement around the Sun, the watch is capable to indicate the variable length of a solar day. This great feature is displayed by a hand at the 4:30 o’clock position.
The annual calendar, with date and month, only has to be corrected in February, in a leap year. A date sub-dial is located between 2 and 3 o’clock position, while the retrograde month indicator takes the position between 6 and 8 o’clock. Corrections to the calendar can be done by the crown, in both directions.
All the beauty of the mechanism can be seen through a sapphire crystal case-back. You can enjoy in its pink gold oscillating weight, delicate decorations and flat surfaces which are either circular-grained, sunray-brushed or decorated with Côtes de Genève. Its sharp edges are chamfered and then polished, as are the flat-head screws. The Calibre GP033M0 comprises 287 components and oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). It has the power-reserve of 46 hours.
A unique ruthenium dial is delicately sunray-brushed, featuring baton-type applied hour markers and fine leaf-shaped hands that add to its clarity. The counters with their precise markings increase the readability of the watch. The case, crafted in pink gold case has the mid-size diameter of 40 mm and it is just 10.72 mm thick. It is available with a black alligator strap, with a pink gold pin buckle.