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Thursday, April 5, 2012

A new grand classic: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Chronograph 42mm

Girard Perregaux have introduced the much admired 1966 Chronograph with a new, larger 42mm case to reflect strong customer demand and to allow more space for measurement of short time periods. 

The additional size definitely adds to the legibility of the dial as do the strident Arabic numerals, yet the overall look is still discreet and elegant. With new proportions and performance guaranteed by Girard-Perregaux’s technical expertise, this could prove to be a highly desirable new version.

Powered by an in house 3300-0057 self winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of over 46 hours, the calibre boasts an oscillating weight in engraved pink gold with beautifully-crafted decoration work visible through the transparent case back. 

The movement is the product of over 220 years of watchmaking experience, and comes from the famous calibre 3000 family employed in the Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection.

The 1966 Chronograph 42mm, described as a grand classic, is crafted from pink gold. The case has undergone meticulous finishing work. 

The date is at 6 o’clock with an elegant blue central second hand circling above it. The dial features a tachymetric scale, while two counters face one another at 3 o'clock and 9 o’clock. The leaf-shaped hour and minute hands point to bold Arabic numerals in pink gold.

The watch comes on a black alligator strap with an 18kt pink gold tang buckle. 


Case in pink gold with anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case back: with sapphire crystal
Diameter: 42.00 mm   
Water resistance: 30 meters
Crown: pink gold, engraved with the GP logo
Dial: opaline silver
Hand: “leaf” type

Girard-Perregaux 3300-0057 Movement
Self-winding mechanical movement
Functions: hour, minute, small second, chronograph, date
Calibre: 11 ½ ''' 
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations / hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 57
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Winding: self-winding, oscillating weight in pink gold with “Côtes de Genève” engraving

Alligator-skin strap
Ardillon buckle in pink gold


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