Waiting to be presented at the upcoming 2012 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), this masterpiece of the haute horology recalls the classic elegance of the brand’s famous pocket watches from the 19th century. With every single element, 1966 Small Second watch celebrates great Girard-Perregaux’s heritage, while its timeless style demonstrates the finest art of simplicity.
Although its 38 mm case is smaller than in the previous model which was released last year in Geneva (40 mm case), the open clear dial, nicely framed with the stylish “railyway” minute track leaves the impression of a men’s dress watch with the perfect size.
Grand Feu enamel seams like the ideal choice for the dial. It is even more beautified with stylish painted Arabic numerals and classically designed, blued steel hour and minute hands. A small second sub-dial, with the “railyway” style track is moved at the 9 o’clock position, while a small date windows takes the 3 o’clock position. The dial is protected with a sapphire crystal.
The case of Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second watch is crafted in pink gold and it nicely matches a pink gold pin buckle on an elegant black alligator strap. The thickness of the case is really amazing – just 8.69mm! The watch is even more impressive from the back side. A slightly curved, pink gold caseback with stylish engravings recalls the golden ages of the renowned watch manufacturer.
History on Caseback
Firstly, there is a sign of the big anniversary – incredible 220 years in the watchmaking business. Besides, the “Maison fondée en 1791” (Founded in 1791) signature also celebrates the origins of Girard-Perregaux. Other two important dates in the brand’s history are engraved on the caseback: Year 1889, when Girard-Perregaux was awarded at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, for its pocket watch later known as “La Esmeralda” (this timepiece became the icon for its tourbillon with three gold bridges), and the year 1900, when this superb pocket watch was honored once again at the Universal Exhibition.
Finally, there is an engraved sign that Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second comes in a limited numbered edition of 100 pieces.
This Girard-Perregaux’s timepiece is powered by an in-house Caliber GP03300 automatic movement that incorporates 28 jewels. It oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a power-reserve of 46 hours.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second watch also carries a part of the brand’s history in its name. Like the entire 1966 Collection, it commemorates the year when the brand launched the first high frequency movement which provides superb accuracy.