A Closer Look At The Watches Redefining Girard-Perregaux In 2019
SIHH

A Closer Look At The Watches Redefining Girard-Perregaux In 2019

Established in 1791, Girard-Perregaux holds a special place in the hearts of fine watchmaking lovers. The manufacture from La Chaux-de-Fonds is regaining their position within horology houses.

By Benjamin Teisseire
Editor & Business Development

Girard-Perregaux’ 2019 collections presented at this year’s SIHH re-introduce the brand’s modernity and savoir-faire. The newly appointed CEO (also at the helm of Ulysse Nardin), Patrick Pruniaux explained the brand’s approach: "Girard-Perregaux benefits from an incredible level of love from collectors. The name alone evokes classical high horology finishings, but also chronometric precision and innovation. Today, we stand firmly on four pillars (Laureato, Bridges, 1966, and Cat's Eye) and our mission is to insist on the legitimate aspects which will strengthen our name while differentiating us at the same time.”
 

Girard-Perregaux Bridges Cosmos

High Horology and innovative material

2019 starts with a “BANG” of fine watchmaking bursting straight out the confines of deep space: the Bridges Cosmos. It is a superlative timepiece where the poetry of the universe and elements fray with material technicity and watchmaking precision. Two globes made of titanium depict the Earth seen from the sky at 3 o'clock and the celestial heavens seen from Earth at 9 o'clock. The former materializes continents and oceans, the latter – fully customizable – shows the signs of the Zodiac constellations.
 

Girard-Perregaux Bridges Cosmos

The tourbillon at 6 o'clock embodies the manufacture's horological mastery nestled below its characteristic bridge, realized in black titanium for this edition. The brushed and beveled finishing provides texture which is echoed by the bead-blasted titanium case. The hours and minutes dial, off-centered at 12 o’clock, perfects the balance of the timekeeper. The final touch is revealed when the light goes out: the metalized sapphire of the dial lights up under a shooting stars’ shower of luminescent hydro-ceramic. Unheard of and poetic. A masterpiece of high horology powered by a brand new manually wounded manufacture caliber GP09320.
 

Girard-Perregaux Bridges Cosmos

Girard-Perregaux does not stop here and confirms its innovation capacity by introducing a new type of carbon: Carbon Glass, which integrates glass fibers within a carbon structure. The case obtained shows a unique texture with blue veins of camouflage that seem to be moving. On top of its resistance – 100 times superior to steel – this new material’s high density makes it completely waterproof and lighter than titanium. The future applications are therefore manifold. The rendering is impressive on this Laureato Absolute Carbon Glass Chronograph. Girard-Perregaux exits their comfort zone and demonstrates a will to assert ultimate modernity. This timepiece has a dominant personality, and we will, no doubt, see more of this material from the La Chaux-de-Fonds manufacture very soon.
 

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Carbon Glass Chronograph ©Girard-Perregaux

The Laureato muscles up

Now a central part of the Girard-Perregaux line-up, the Laureato gains further character with a larger 44mm case and earns the name of ‘Absolute.' Objectively, the lines are tenser, the angles more acute. The black PVD treatment of the titanium confers both lightness and strength. Three models, Absolute, Absolute Chronograph, and Absolute WW which are adorned with a superb gradation of vibrant sunburst blue at the center to deep black on the periphery. The white minute track on the flange enhances the depth and character of the face (on the Absolute Laureato). An extremely efficient edition offered at very aggressive prices (Vat included) of CHF 9'900 for the HMS, CHF 12'900 for the Chronograph and CHF 13'300 for the Worldtimer. All details can be found here.
 

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute WW.TC
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute

Ladies are honored with Girard-Perregaux

The Cat's Eyes collection, introduced in 2004, holds an essential place in the venerable manufacture's portfolio. The highly recognizable identity appeals to women versed in fine watchmaking who want to show it is possible to combine feminine aesthetics and mechanical watchmaking. This new Cat’s Eyes Plum Blossom is yet another perfect example. Within its characteristic elliptical case, dials are declined in delicate mother-of-pearl where light is reflected continuously, in twinkling aventurine glass or fully set with diamonds for an explosion of light.
 

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Plue Blossom

They are all adorned with a small Plum Blossom flower at 9 o'clock. It poetically embodies the small seconds. It comes in engraved, and hand-painted rose mother-of-pearl for the stainless steel and jewelry versions, and in rose gold that stands out magnificently against the deep blue hues of the aventurine. A diamond-set bezel completes these three timekeepers to give birth to true condensates of poetic, feminine elegance. The steel, rose gold and jewelry versions respectively show prices (Vat included) of CHF 14'900, CHF 27'300, and CHF 65'000. All details of the manufacture automatic calibre GP03300-0125 that powers these creations can be found here.

A revisited and limited classic

As Patrick Pruniaux confirms: “The 1966 family acts as a guarantee for Girard-Perregaux towards traditional collectors.” This year offers a very contemporary and modern adaptation: the "Earth to Sky," limited to 149 pieces. The classic round case in stainless steel suits up in a microbead-blasted finishing and black DLC treatment. It infuses the model with undeniable strength and character. The sunburst blue dial evolves from deep blue at the center to black by the bezel, giving it a very modern feel.
 

Patrick Pruniaux, CEO Girard-Perregaux

The date window at 3 o'clock is very legible with white numerals on a black background. The classicism of the slim ‘baton' applied indexes and of the elongated ‘leaf' hours and minutes hands are still very much felt, but this is definitely a rejuvenated and invigorated 1966 version. Still powered by the trusted manufacture caliber GP03300, it should attract new customers looking for reasonably priced fine watchmaking (CHF 8'500 Vat included).
 

Girard-Perregaux 1966 “Earth to Sky Edition”

We will leave the parting words to the young and dynamic CEO: "With our 2019 collections, Girard-Perregaux emphasizes our modernity. But this is not something new. It is a direct continuity of our past and recent history. We have always been about innovations and traditional savoir-faire. These are the foundations of Girard-Perregaux." We wholeheartedly agree and are happy to see that this ancestral manufacture keeps the dream alive from the confines of the galaxy.

(Photography by Pierre Vogel)

Visit Girard-Perregaux's Partner Page

Hands-On With Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 Blue Moon: Classic Horlogerie Meets Modern Poetry

By Benjamin TeisseireEditor & Business Development
The 1966 line is Girard-Perregaux’s most classic line. With the unveiling of their "Earth to Sky" theme at this year's SIHH, the La Chaux...

Watches & Wonders: Girard-Perregaux And Watchonista Cocktail Party (Photo Gallery)

By Watchonista
During Watches & Wonders, we partnered with our friends at Girard-Perregaux to unveil the newly launched Quasar timepiece to collectors.

Watches & Wonders: Girard-Perregaux Introduces Quasar, The Brand's First Fully Sapphire Cased Timepiece

By Hyla BauerContributor & Special Projects
The watch's crystal case guarantees an unobstructed view of the Neo-Tourbillon Three Bridges skeleton movement.

Hands-On With The Totally Bonkers Girard-Perregaux Classic Bridges

By Benjamin TeisseireEditor & Business Development
Based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Girard-Perregaux has been in existence since 1791 and serves as the very epitome of fine watchmaking. The new Classic Bridges...

Hands-On: The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton Ceramic

By Vincent DaveauManaging Editor France
A movement generously open-worked, a contemporary skeleton treatment, and covered by a technical ceramic attire.... This Laureato has what it takes to out...

Girard-Perregaux Neo Tourbillon With Three Bridges Skeleton

By Rhonda RicheEditor at large
At last year’s SIHH, Girard-Perregaux unveiled the Neo-Bridges Automatic Titanium — a watch that took its structural cues from Constant...

Girard-Perregaux Laureato: Back to the Future

By Vincent DaveauManaging Editor France
We just couldn't pass up on the opportunity to give a hands-on review of the new Laureato, the historical watch created by Girard-Perregaux in 1975. But...

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton "Earth to Sky Edition"

An alliance of the unscrutable blackness of the cosmos and the blueness of Earth, of ceramic with the sensuousness of a skeleton movement, conceived like a...

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute

2019: Laureato Absolute is born.

Girard-Perregaux Bridges Cosmos

This is the Haute Horlogerie masterpiece presented by Girard-Perregaux in 2019.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 “Earth to Sky Edition”

A contemporary and innovative revelation of a brand classic, reinvented for a 149 million-kilometre journey from earth to sky. This odyssey inspired its 149...

Girard-Perregaux Presents Carbon Glass, A Revolutionary New Material In The World Of High Watchmaking

A worldwide first. True to its tradition of innovation combining aesthetics and functionality, Girard-Perregaux introduces a Carbon of exceptionally regular...

Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Plum Blossom - New creation 2019

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph - New Creation 2019

Girard-Perregaux Cosmos - New Creation 2019