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Monday, February 18, 2013

Priceless heirloom: Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Gold Bridge – The Inheritor

Girard-Perregaux has the capability to produce watches which are every bit as elegant and self assured as the best pieces from the likes of Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe.

A good case in point is the magic and mastery of Girard-Perregaux’s new Tourbillon with Gold Bridge.

The tourbillon mechanism is a combination of the Manufacture’s expertise, tooled with the precision required by the Maison’s GP 09600 self-winding mechanical movement.

The watch comes in two strictly limited editions – in both white and pink gold. Its 40 mm diameter houses a silvered dial with sunburst-motif that harks back to the classic watches of the time. Four applied hour markers give aesthetic balance while the leaf-shaped hour and minutes hands fly elegantly over the dial. The tourbillon sits majestically at 6 o’clock. 

Opulently yet tastefully decorated, the carriage is mounted with gold adjusting screws, and is chamfered and polished by hand, as are the escapement and pallet bridges.

The watch features a tourbillon bridge fashioned in an unusual shape called “bassiné”, with rounded arms. The craftsman files the ends with regular movements to give them a soft, semi-cylindrical form, before finishing the work with traditional tools such as buffs, stones, diamond paste and boxwood sticks.

Underpinning it all is the rich history of the Tourbillon with Gold Bridge.  The interior of the case houses the famous Girard-Perregaux calibre GP 09600 with design and decoration inspired by the pocket tourbillons of the nineteenth century.

This new Tourbillon with Gold Bridge dedicates its beauty and technical excellence to the Girard-Perregaux heritage and takes its rightful place among Haute Horlogerie’s finest creations.

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New faces: The Girard-Perregaux New Face of Tradition Tour 2013

When Girard-Perregaux came up with the novel idea of sending young and promising watchmakers on a globetrotting tour to showcase the skill and ingenuity that goes into the making of high-end watches, the exhibitions met with outstanding interest and success.

Heartened by the huge interest generated by the tour, the New Face of Tradition project will continue to amaze in 2013!

Girard-Perregaux is proud to present a new group of its Young Watchmakers, showcasing their talents not only in their famed Manufacture but also in their passions beyond watchmaking.

“Since 1791, Girard-Perregaux has been continuously reinventing itself while staying true to tradition. The Manufacture has written some of the most fascinating pages in the history of Swiss watchmaking, but behind its exceptional timepieces lives the passion of the Girard-Perregaux watchmakers. We wanted to showcase their talent, inventiveness and creativity. This is the meaning of the Young Watchmakers Tour.” François-Henri Pinault, CEO of PPR

The digital journal hosted at will present throughout the year what makes Jerome, Anne, Julien, Grégory, François, Lise and Paul-Henry tick. For example, which one is the handball player? What kind of video games does a watchmaker play? Like watchmaking, is patience a virtue required  at poker? And where on the planet will they travel to showcase their Art?

Last year, the Young Watchmakers' Tour visited New York City before heading to Beijing, Paris and Miami, where they were always met with enthusiasm and curiosity.

The skilled work of Girard-Perregaux’s young craftsmen on “Haute Horlogerie” pieces deserved an exceptional décor to begin the year. The majestic Aletsch Glacier, the largest in the Alps, has been the stage to host this first trip with one of their watchmakers assembling a three gold Bridges Tourbillon at that height. A case of haute Haute Horlogerie.

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