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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Girard-Perregaux Puts on a Traveling Exhibition

In honor of its 220th year, Girard-Perregaux is putting on a traveling exhibition that features its most important pieces both contemporary and from its museum collection. This will be the largest exhibiton outside of Switzerland in the brand’s history.

Called “A Tale of inspiration—Unveiling 220 years of watchmaking Art,” the show not only allows visitors to view important pieces but also puts them into the context of major events, public figures and works of art.

Certain to be the highlight of the exhibition is the pocket watch named Esmeralda, a high precision chronometer made by Constant Girard-Perregaux himself. Awarded the gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889, this piece surely is the most famous of the Tourbillon with three gold bridges, the one that started it all.

You’re probably wondering how Esmeralda got her name. At least I did. She got her name from the Mexican boutique of the agents Hauser and Zivy, who had the honor of Esmeralda’s presence for some time. After the grande dame left the boutique she passed into the hands of Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico from 1876 to 1911. The President’s lucky great grandson inherited Esmeralda before she became part of the Girard-Perregaux museum collection in the late 1960’s.

Some facts you might not know about Girard-Perregaux: they make their own in-house movements and provide their ebauches to companies such as MB&F. They developed a quartz movement and their frequency became the industry standard, not the Japanese as some may have thought. In addition, the brand also has 80 patents to its name. They really are quite impressive in their achievements.

Those who attend the exhibition will get to meet with master watchmakers from the atelier in Switzerland to see the craft up close. The dates and times of the exhibition are listed below.

This Traveling Exhibition Will Stop In:

Singapore – Art and Science Museum – from 16th to 18th September 2011

Shanghai – Sinan Mansions – from 20th to 23rd October 2011

New York – Boutique Girard-Perregaux on Madison – from 18th to 26th November 2011 Other Exceptional Timepieces from The Girard-Perregaux Museum and of the Contemporary Collections Will be Presented This Autumn In:

Paris – Printemps Hausmann - from 25th August au 8th October 2011

And in Partnership with The Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie:

Mexico – Salón Internacional Alta Relojería – from 4th to 6th October 2011

Moscow – Kremlin museum – from 21st October to 10th November 2011

London – SalonQP – from 11th to 12th November 2011

Paris – Salon belles montres – from 25th to 27th November 2011

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