Ahead of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2017 (SIHH) which is approaching quickly Girard-Perregaux has given us a peek at the latest addition to its legendary 1966 collection. Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Watch is a classic world-timer equipped with exceptionally useful complication which will delight all world travelers and frequent fliers.
“WW.TC” from its name stands for the World Wide Time Control which is the world timer complication that enables the future owner of the watch to read off time in an area of the world other than home. The world-timer timepiece is quite similar to the GMT watch, but with one important advantage. Whilst dual timezone or GMT timepiece can show time at one additional selected time zone, the world time piece displays the exact time for all 24 time zones around the world at once.
The new 1966 WW.TC Watch features a cities disc around the highly legible dial which is simple yet elegant. The gorgeous opaline dial comprises a delicate leaf-shaped hand, as well as a small second sub-dial located at the 6 o’clock position. The crown set at the 9 o’clock position sets the cities disc, whereas the crown at the 3 o’clock position is for time-setting. When adjusting the hours and minutes, a rotating 24-hour disc is automatically synchronized. As you can see on these images, the 24-hour disc features two black and white semi-circles to make a difference between day and night.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Watch is powered by the in-house manufactured caliber GP03300-0022/0027 which has a 46-hour power reserve. The impeccable automatic movement enables the time and reference city to be set in both directions which is prohibited on most calibers. The mechanism is built on 32 jewels and it is meticulously straight-grained, chamfered, circular-grained and adorned with Côtes de Genève in the spirit of traditional Swiss haute horlogerie. The inner beauty of the movement can be seen from the rear through the transparent case back. The watch is shielded with sapphire crystals on both sides and constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (100 feet).
Girard-Perregaux’s new WW.TC is housed in an elegant case measuring 40mm in diameter and 12mm in thickness. The watch is available in three different versions. The pink gold variant (ref. 49557-52-131-BB6C) is attached to a sleek, black alligator leather strap, while for those of you who prefer stainless steel cases there is a choice between models teamed up with an alligator strap or a steel bracelet (their referent numbers are 49557-11-132-BB6C and 49557-11-132-11A). The price is yet to be announced at the upcoming SIHH starting on January 16, 2017.