At the upcoming Cabinet de Curiosités annual luxury event in London, Girard Perregaux will introduce the new version of its World Wide Time Control (ww.tc) automatic timepiece. Called Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Cabinet de Curiosités Thomas Erber, the redesigned watch will be limited to just five individually numbered pieces.
For the occasion, Girard-Perregaux’s has opted for a style based on contrasts. It is housed for the first time in a white ceramic case that sets off the black rubber coating of the crowns and push pieces. The Manufacture has also chosen a smoked sapphire glass, making this ww.tc Cabinet de Curiosités 2011 edition series just that little bit more unusual.
The sapphire glass reveals the white dial and the model’s functions. Red hands are used to draw attention to the chronograph’s second hand and the divisions of the three counters, as well as to highlight London – where the event will be held – on the ring indicating the cities.
On the case-back, the tinted sapphire glass displays the self-winding Girard-Perregaux GP03387 movement, specially created for the WW.TC collection.
It combines simultaneous display of the date, small second and world time zones with a fly-back chronograph.
Besides telling time in your current time zone, the watch also displays the same information for your home town. The data is presented in a 24-hour format, but there’s a day/night indication on the GMT disc. The WW.TC uses the 24-hour disc slowly rotating so that the hour hand tells you time in both zones.
A showcase for talented creators
Every year, Thomas Erber’s Cabinet de Curiosités provides a showcase for talented creators characterised by their unique know-how and their independence. The idea is that luxury is redefined by regularly offering unique or very limited edition pieces.
Following a successful career in journalism, Thomas Erber is now an international consultant for a number of brands and designers. His first Cabinet de Curiosités took place in December 2010 at Colette in Paris. The second is to be held at Browns, the oldest concept store in London, from November 21st - December 23rd 2011.
The watch, assuming you can pull off a small miracle and obtain one of the five models being released, will retail at £17,900 + VAT (US$28,848).
Case material: white ceramic (inner titanium shell), bezel in steel and white ceramic. Push pieces and crowns covered in black rubber.
Diameter: 43.00 mm
Height: 13.54 mm case-back: black dLc-coated titanium closed with 6 screws, tinted sapphire glass
Water resistance: 10 Atm
Movement: Girard-Perregaux GP03387 movement
Mechanical with automatic winding
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 hz)
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds, world time with day/night indicator, fly-back chronograph, date
Strap: Black rubber
Folding clasp in black DLC-coated titanium
Limited edition of 5 pieces
Reference no: 49820-32-788sFK6a